Allied Warships

HMS Satyr (P 214)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 214 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered23 Jan 1940 
Laid down8 Jun 1940 
Launched28 Sep 1942 
Commissioned8 Feb 1943 
End service 
History

During a refit in late 1944 - early 1945 HMS Satyr was streamlined and given more powerful batteries to serve as a high speed target submarine.

Loaned to the French Navy and served as Saphir from February 1952 until returned in August 1961. Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 April 1962. Scrapped in June 1962.

 
Former nameP 64

Commands listed for HMS Satyr (P 214)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Philip Holroyde Oakley, DSC, RN11 Nov 194217 Mar 1943
2Lt. Tobin Subremont Weston, RN17 Mar 194322 Dec 1944
3Lt. James Newenham Elliott, RN22 Dec 19446 Apr 1945
4Lt. Tobin Subremont Weston, DSO, DSC, RN6 Apr 194526 May 1945
5T/Lt. John Haddon Douglas, RNVR26 May 194516 Jun 1945
6Lt. William David Stewart Scott, RN16 Jun 194514 Dec 1945

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The history of HMS Satyr as compiled on this page is extracted from Surf's patrol reports and logbooks. Corrections and details regarding information from the enemy's side (for instance the composition of convoys attacked) is kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada and Mr. Erling Skjöld, a naval researcher from Norway.

14 Feb 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted trials off Greenock, Scotland. (1)

15 Feb 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) shifted from Greenock to Holy Loch to begin a training period off the West coast of Scotland. (1)

5 Apr 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Holy Loch for Londonderry, Northern Ireland where she arrived the next day to participate in A/S exercises. (2)

18 Apr 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) returned to Holy Loch. (2)

19 Apr 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (2)

20 Apr 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is undocked. (2)

21 Apr 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Kingston Beryl (T/Lt. T.C. Kidd, RNVR). (3)

23 Apr 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

24 Apr 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was to patrol in the Norwegian Sea. Later she proceeded to a patrol area to the North of Iceland as it was feared that the German battleship Tirpitz might proceed to the Atlantic.

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

13 May 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

18 May 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by the Norwegian submarine HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars). (3)

19 May 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

31 May 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Dundee. (3)

2 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). She made part of the passage North together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars), submarine FFL Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) and FFL Minerve (Lt. H.F.D. Simon-Dubuisson). (3)

3 Jun 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

Later the same day she departed Lerwick for her 2nd war patrol. She was to patrol in the Norwegian Sea.

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

18 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

19 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC, RNR). (3)

20 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

23 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is docked at Dundee. (4)

29 Jun 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is undocked. (4)

3 Jul 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

6 Jul 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

7 Jul 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During passage South through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR).

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

25 Jul 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Portsmouth. (3)

3 Aug 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. She was escorted until the Lizard by the Vichy French escort vessel FFL Chasseur 12.

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 4th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

17 Aug 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) made rendez-vous with HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) off Bishops Rock. HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) later also joined. (3)

21 Aug 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Dundee. (3)

24 Sep 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with the Norwegian submarine HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars). They were ecorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

25 Sep 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick to fuel. She departed within two hours of arriving for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 5th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

13 Oct 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

15 Oct 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. R.M. Sars). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

16 Oct 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

28 Oct 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. She made the passage North together with HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (5)

29 Oct 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (6)

2 Nov 1943
While at Scapa Flow HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) developed engine defects. (5)

4 Nov 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. (6)

5 Nov 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (5)

12 Nov 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

29 Nov 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with the Norwegian submarine HNoMS Ula (Lt. S. Valvatne). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

2 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

13 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with the Dutch submarine HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

14 Dec 1943

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed for her 7th war patrol after taking on board additional fuel. She was ordered to patrol off Stadtlanded.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 7th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

19 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) attacked but missed the Norwegian merchant Roald Jarl (1404 GRT, built 1913, offsite link) with 5 torpedoes South-West of Alesund, Norway in position 62°14'7"N, 05°10'6"E.

(All times are zone -1)
1015 hours - Sighted a small merchant vessel escorted by a trawler coming up Venelv Gabet. Started attack. Visibility through the high power periscope was practically nil due to rainstorm and strong wind.

1025 hours - Sighted another small merchant ship similarly escorted and approximately two miles astern of the first.

1037 hours - Sighted a medium seized merchant vessel of about 6000 to 7000 tons escorted by an M-class minesweeper also coming North from Venelv Gabet and again about 2 miles astern of the second ship. All escorts were on the starboard beams of their repective ships. Started attack on the third ship.

1054 hours - In position 62°14'7"N, 05°10'6"E fired 5 torpedoes from a range of 2800 yards. Upon firing Satyr went to 80 feet and retired at high speed.

1056 hours - Heard a heavy underwater explosion. HE of the target ceased.

1058 hours - Heard breaking up noises.

1059 hours - Heard 3 distant underwater explosions. These must be other torpedoes exploding on hitting the shore.

1114 hours - Returned to periscope depth.

1115 hours - A counter attack of 7 depth charges followed. All were close. Went to 90 feet.

1125 hours - Satyr began to gain depth as she was taking on board water through a small leak through the drain pipe from the stern torpedo tube.

1146 hours - Satyr bottomed at 362 feet. The water was pouring in at great pressure. All machinery was stopped.

1150 hours - Heard several depth charges explode but they were some distance off.

1215 hours - HE of the escort was again heard but it then faded to the Southward.

1254 hours - Tried to bring Satyr to a depth where the inflow of water would be reduced but depth control was lost.

1257 hours - Broke surface. A twin engined aircraft was een through the periscope coming towards firing 4 guns. Hits were heard outside. Dived again.

1258 hours - Passed periscope depth. Steadied off at 150 feet with the pump running continuously. It was very difficult to keep depth control and at 1414 hours Satyr again grounded at 235 feet.

1450 hours - As Satyr was bumping on what appeared to be a rocky bottom main ballast was blown to attempt to get into trim again. Satyr however took an angle of 30 degrees bow up and nothing could be done from stopping her to break surface again.

1455 hours - Broke surface for about 30 seconds. Water inside the boat meanwhile had caused damage in the engine room and to the W/T set. Satyr quickly dived again and now got into trim. She retired from the area and given the damage to her the patrol was abandoned and course was set towards Lerwick. (3)

21 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. (3)

23 Dec 1943
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is taken in hand at the Grangemouth Dockyard for repairs. (6)

10 Jan 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is docked at Grangemouth. (6)

17 Jan 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is undocked. (6)

17 Jan 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) completed repairs at the Grangemouth Dockyard. (6)

28 Jan 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (3)

29 Jan 1944

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed for 8th war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol off Stadtlanded.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 8th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

5 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) torpedoed the wreck off the German merchant Emsland (5180 GRT, built 1901) that was aground off Stadlandet, Norway after being heavily damaged by British torpedo bombers on 20 January 1944. On 11 February the wreck was hit yet again by aerial torpedoes.

(All times are zone -1)
1558 hours - In position 62°13'1"N, 05°03'E sighted a medium seized merchant vessel in the bay North of Buholmen light. The vessel was seen to be a freighter of about 5000 tons and appeared to be at anchor. Started attack.

1610 hours - In position 62°11'8"N, 05°03'9"E fired a torpedo from 3200 yards. The torpedo was seen to run straight for the target but nothing happended.

1615 hours - Fired a second torpedo but this one was seen to break surface and alter course about 20° to starboard.

1616 hours - Fired a third torpedo. However Satyr jawed on firing so the torpedo was seen to run for the stern of the ship instead of amidships. But again nothing happened

1620 hours - Fired a fourth torpedo. Again the torpedo was seen to run for the middle of the target and this one finally hit. The result could not be observed further as Satyr had to change course otherwise she would have hit bottom. (3)

10 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) attacked an escorted merchant vessel with 5 torpedoes off Standtlandet. Two hits were claimed but this was not the case.

(All times are zone -1)
0828 hours - In position 62°17'7"N, 05°12'E sighted a merchant vessel of approximately 2500 tons escorted by a trawler about 1 mile ahead. Another trawler was coming up astern. Started attack.

0841 hours - In position 62°16'9"N, 05°14'E fired a salvo of 5 torpedoes from 5400 yards. Two explosions were heard 4 mins. 22 secs and 4 mins. 33 secs after firing. HE of the target ceased after the first explosion. 6 Minutes after firing a torpedo was heard to explode on the beach.

0842 hours - Went to 60 feet and altered course.

0855 hours - Nothing in sight except for one trawler just disappearing round Sandoy. (3)

11 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) attacks an escorted tanker with 3 torpedoes off Stadtlandet. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0904 hours - In position 62°15'9"N, 05°09'5"E sighted a merchant ship of approximately 1500 tons escorted by an armed trawler coming Southwards. They were keeping well inshore. Started attack. Satyr turned to port and ran in at high speed. When Lt. Weston had another look through the periscope a 2500 tons tanker was spotted with a torpedo boat ahead and a trawler astern. Target was now shifted to the tanker.

0919 hours - In position 62°15'2"N, 05°09'5"E fired a salvo of the 3 remaining torpedoes from 4000 yards. After firing went to 80 feet, altered course and withdrew at high speed for 4 minutes. No explosions were heard at all. No counter attack followed. While Satyr retired from the scene at 80 feet an enemy convoy was heard to pass overhead. This convoy had unfortunately not been sighted due to the bad visibility. (3)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) attacked the beached German merchant Emsland (5180 GRT, built 1901) again. The last remaining torpedo was fired from the stern tube but it did not hit the target.

(All times are zone -1)
1225 hours - Sighted the merchant ship again that we had attacked on the 5th. She was beached. Decided to fire the stern torpedo at her. Commenced closing.

1325 hours - In position 62°11'3"N, 05°05'2"E fired the stern torpedo from 2800 yards. The torpedo however hit the bottom before it reached the target. (3)

14 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN). They were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (3)

18 Feb 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Methil. (7)

2 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Methil. (7)

3 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Methil. (7)

4 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Methil and then returned to Dundee. (7)

9 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted attack exercises off Dundee with HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (7)

10 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) conducted attack exercises off Dundee with HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN). (7)

12 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (3)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) and her escort HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR) put into Scapa Flow due to the very bad weather. (3)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) and her escort HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR) shifted from Scapa Flow to Lerwick. (3)

15 Mar 1944

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for her 9th war patrol. Again she was ordered to patrol off Stadtlanded.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 9th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Nordnorge (339 GRT, built 1883, offsite link) off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°14'N, 05°08'E.

(All times are zone -1)
0941 hours - Sighted the masts and funnel of a ship coming Northwards round Stadtlandet. Started attack. The target was seen to be a Norwegian merchant vessel (the markings were very clear on her side) of about 2000 tons.

0959 hours - In position 62°13'6"N, 05°08'2"E fired a salvo of 4 torpedoes from 2000 yards. 1 minute and 6 seconds after firing a very heavy and prolonged explosion was heard and the HE of the target ceased. The other torpedoes were heard to explode on hitting the shore. Satyr dipped below periscope depth on fining but upon returning to periscope depth the target was not seen any more. (3)

25 Mar 1944
While on patrol off Stadlandet, Norway Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) hit an unchartered rock at 1007 hours in position 62°33'2"N, 05°42'9"E. She had to surface to get off and some damage was caused. With the fear of more damage being inflicted it was decided to abandon the patrol. (3)

27 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

28 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HNoMS Molde. (3)

29 Mar 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

9 Apr 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) shifted from Dundee to Blyth. She was escorted by HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR). (8)

11 Apr 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is docked at Blyth. (8)

9 May 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) is undocked. (9)

13 May 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) shifted from Blyth to Dundee. She was escorted by HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR). (9)

17 May 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Dundee for Port HHZ. She was escorted by HMS Chance (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.K. Stevenson, RNVR). (9)

18 May 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Port HHZ where she was to participate in exercises. (9)

7 Jun 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) shifted from Port HHZ to Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HNoMS Narvik. (10)

8 Jun 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) participated in A/S exercises at Scapa Flow. (10)

9 Jun 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. (10)

10 Jun 1944

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed Lerwick later the same day for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the West of the Lofoten Islands, Norway.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

15 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-987 was sunk in the North Sea west of Narvik, in position 68°01'N, 05°08'E by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN).

(All times are zone -1)
0907 hours - In position 68°00'N, 05°02'E sighted a u-boat bearing 107°, range 4500 yards. Started attack.

0915 hours - In position 68°01'N, 05°08'E fired 6 torpedoes from 3000 yards. Nearly two minutes after firing two almost simultaneous explosions were heard. These were two torpedoes that prematured. 2 Minutes and 20 seconds after firing another two explosions were heard and two hits were observed on the target. The first hit was just abaft the stem and the other underneath the conning tower. Two great columns of water rose up and both the bown and the stern of the u-boat lifted out of the water, and she appeared to break in half. The stern sank back almost immediately while the bow remained at an angle of about 60 degrees bow up for a few seconds giving many people in the control room time to see it through the periscope. Breaking up noises were clearly heard. No survivors were seen. (3)

24 Jun 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

26 Jun 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HNoMS Hessa. (3)

27 Jun 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

4 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN). (11)

13 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSC, RN) and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lerwick. (11)

16 Aug 1944

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off South-West Norway.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 11th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

20 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against the German merchants Bochum (6121 GRT, built 1922) and Emma Sauber (2548 GRT, built 1922) off Skudesnes, Norway. All torpedoes missed their targets.

(All times are zone -1)
1748 hours - In position 59°00'8"N, 05°22'E sighted 3 ships coming Southwards from Karmsundet. Started attack.

1809 hours - When about to attack two larger merchant vessels were seen coming up astern so it was decided to shift target as the current targets were 2 merchant ships of about 1000 tons escorted by a partol vessel. Started a new attack on these larger merchant vessels which were soon seen to be of 3500 tons and the other one slightly smaller maybee 2500 to 3000 tons. A patrol vessel was on their starboard beam and a trawler was astern. Range on sighting was 8000 yards.

1829 hours - In position 59°08'3"N, 05°22'1"E fired a salvo of 5 torpedoes at the larger ship from 2200 yards. On firing the wing escort was seen to come towards and as two trawlers were only 800 yards astern of Satyr Lt. Weston went to 90 feet and turned off the torpedo tracks and to withdraw to the South-West. 1 Minute and 18 econds after firing there was a violent explosion that shook Satyr quite considerably. 2 Minutes 20 seconds after firing 4 dull explosions were heard. These must have been the 4 other torpedoes hitting the shore.

1835 hours - A counter attack started. 18 Depth charge in all were dropped. The first depth charges was quite close and caused some damage.

1949 hours - HE faded so returned to periscope depth. One patrol vessel was laying stopped pointing towards at a range of only 600 yards. Went to 90 feet again as HE was now heard.

2030 hours - Returned to periscope depth again. Two patrol vessels were sighted about 3000 yards astern. Retired to the West.

2135 hours - Range to the patrol craft was now about 6000 yards. Went to 60 feet and commenced reloading the torpedo tubes. (3)

22 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) fires 6 torpedoes against a German convoy off Egersund, Norway. All torpedoes fired missed their target(s).

(All times are zone -)
1710 hours - Sighted a convoy approaching from the Northwards at a range of 9000 yards. Started attack. The convoy consisted of 3 medium seized merchant ships and 2 smaller ones. They were in 2 lines. The leading ship of the port column was selected as the target. The escort consisted of 8 trawlers and 1 E-boat.

1740 hours - In position 58°26'7"N, 05°45'E fired a salvo of 6 torpedoes spread over the whole convoy (merchant vessels only). Range was about 2500 yards. 1 Minute and 45 seconds after firing a very heavy and loud explosion was heard. More explosions were heard after this heavy explosion. Satyr went to 90 feet after firing and retired to the West.

1809 hours - All was quiet and no HE was heard. Returned to periscope depth. Saw 4 trawlers and two small motor boats stopped in the position of the attack. Went to 60 feet again to reload the last torpedo.

The convoy attacked was made up of the German merchants Undine ( 1851 GRT, built 1908), Neptun (1594 GRT, built 1928), Emma Sauber (2548 GRT, built 1922), Uhlenhorst (3717 GRT, built 1909), Rimage (1813 GRT, built 1914) and Vesta (1290 GRT, built 1920). They were escorted by M-437, M-5207, R-220, UJ-1101, UJ-1709 and UJ-1712. UJ-1109 and UJ-1111 was U-Jagd 'Rotte' near the convoy, and not directly escorts of the convoy itself. (3)

27 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

28 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

30 Aug 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

18 Sep 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFL Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

19 Sep 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

20 Sep 1944

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Bodo, Norway.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 12th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

30 Sep 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) attacked the Norwegian merchant Lofoten (1571 GRT, built 1932) with 4 torpedoes off Bodo, Norway. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1442 hours - Sighted a small merchant vessel coming Southwards. Commenced attack.

1448 hours - In position 67°12'1"N, 14°07'5"E fired 4 torpedoes from 1400 yards. Two torpedoes were heard (and seen) to explode on the beach. No other explosions were heard or seen and the target steamed on as if nothing had happened. Satyr now set a course to seaward. It was thought that no hits were obtained due to the speed of the target being estimated incorrectly. (3)

6 Oct 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

7 Oct 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Elm (T/Lt. K.A. Grant, RNVR). (3)

8 Oct 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

25 Oct 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Agnes H. Wetherly. (3)

26 Oct 1944

HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick

She departed later the same day for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off South-West, Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Satyr during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Satyr 13th war patrol click here for bigger map (3)

7 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol at Lerwick. (3)

9 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (3)

10 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

20 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Sheerness. She was escorted by HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR). (12)

22 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Sheerness. (12)

23 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Sheerness for Portland. She was escorted by HMS Caldy (T/Lt. G.D. Cowley, RNVR). (12)

24 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Portland. (12)

25 Nov 1944
HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) shifted from Portland to Plymouth where she was to refit at the Devonport Dockyard. (12)

5 Feb 1945
HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) ended her refit at the Devonport Dockyard. She made a trial dive off Plymouth that day.

During her refit Satyr had been streamlined to give her greater underwater speed so she could act as a high speed A/S target. (13)

6 Feb 1945
HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) was to depart Plymouth for the Clyde. Her sailing was however delayed for 24 hours due to very bad weather conditions. (13)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) G.G. Slade, RN). (13)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Satyr (Lt. J.N. Elliot, RN) arrived at Rothesay to beging a period of trials and exercises off the Scottish West coast. (13)

2 Aug 1945
HMS Satyr (Lt. W.D.S. Scott, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (14)

6 Aug 1945
HMS Satyr (Lt. W.D.S. Scott, RN) is undocked.

HMS Satyr then resumed her role as training and target submarine. She remained in the Clyde area until mid-January 1946. (14)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17996
  2. ADM 173/17998
  3. ADM 199/1838
  4. ADM 173/18000
  5. ADM 199/627
  6. ADM 199/2569
  7. ADM 173/18629
  8. ADM 173/18630
  9. ADM 173/18631
  10. ADM 173/18632
  11. ADM 199/1385
  12. ADM 173/18633
  13. ADM 173/19548
  14. ADM 173/19554

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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