Allied Warships

HMS Snapper (N 39)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantN 39 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1933 
Laid down18 Sep 1933 
Launched25 Oct 1934 
Commissioned14 Jun 1935 
Lost12 Feb 1941 
History

HMS Snapper (Lt. Geoffrey Vernon Prowse, RN) sailed from the Clyde to patrol in the Bay of Biscay off Ushant. She was not heard from again. It is possible that she fell victem to a German minefield. However it is also possible that she was sunk by German warships since a submarine attacked the German minesweepers M-2, M-13 and M-25 on the night of the 10/11th February in the area where Snapper might have been. The submarine was subjected to a counter-attack in which 56 depth charges were dropped in position 47º52'N, 05º47'W.

 

Commands listed for HMS Snapper (N 39)

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1Lt. William Donald Aelian King, RN16 Apr 193924 Dec 1940
2Lt. Geoffrey Vernon Prowse, RN24 Dec 194012 Feb 1941 (+)

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Noteable events involving Snapper include:


3 Dec 1939
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) is mistakenly attacked by a British aircraft when returning to Harwich after a patrol in the North Sea. Although suffering a direct hit no damage was done. Snapper terminated her patrol at Harwich on 6 December.

12 Apr 1940
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) sank the small German tanker Moonsund (322 GRT) with gunfire off Larvik, Norway in position 58°53'N, 10°43'E.

14 Apr 1940
While operating in the Skagerrak HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Florida (6150 GRT) in position 58°10'N, 10°59'E.

15 Apr 1940
Still operating in the Skagerrak HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary minesweepers M 1701 / H. M. Behrens (525 GRT) and M 1702 / Carsten Janssen (472 GRT) north-east of Skagen, Denmark in position 57°55'N, 10°53'E.

6 May 1940
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, RN) attackes the German armed merchant cruiser Schiff 21 / Widder with 2 torpedoes east of Denmark in position 55°35'N, 07°16'E. However the torpedoes miss their target.

25 Jun 1940
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the German armed trawler V 1107 / Portland (286 GRT) south of Stavanger, Norway in position 58°54'N, 05°05'E.

3 Jul 1940
HMS Snapper (Lt. W.D.A. King, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Cygnus (1334 GRT, offsite link) west of Hadryet, Norway in position 58°13'N, 05°06'E. Lt. King also claims to have damaged a second ship but this was not the case.


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