Allied Warships

HMS Shark (i) (N 54)

Submarine of the S class

HMS Shark as seen from one of the German trawlers before the submarine was scuttled by her crew.
Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-30496

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 54 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Jan 1933 
Laid down12 Jun 1933 
Launched31 May 1934 
Commissioned31 Dec 1934 
Lost6 Jul 1940 
Loss position58° 18'N, 5° 13'E

On 5 July 1940, while on patrol off Skudesnes, south-west Norway, HMS Shark (Lt.Cdr. Peter Noel Buckley, RN) was on the surface when a seaplane was sighted astern. As the submarine submerged to avoid the aircraft two or three bombs exploded close to the stern, followed closely by at least two more. The explosions caused considerable damage. Without steering gear and the hydroplanes jammed hard to rise, the submarine’s bow broached the surface to be greeted by more bombs. The submarine began to sink by the stern and all high-pressure air was used to return her to the surface. Once on the surface Shark got underway steering on main engines. Being sighted yet again the submarine came under sustained attack and No. 4 ballast tank was holed. Finally more aircraft arrived and Shark had no option but to capitulate. At about 0400 hours the next day three German minesweeping trawlers M-1803, M1806 and M-1807 arrived to take Shark under tow but the submarine was beyond saving and she began to sink stern first about 25 nautical miles west-south-west of Egersund, Norway in position 58º18'N, 05º13'E.


Commands listed for HMS Shark (i) (N 54)

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1Lt. Peter Noel Buckley, RN16 Jan 19396 Jul 1940

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