HMS Sceptre (P 215)
Submarine of the S class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||23 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||25 Jul 1940|
|Launched||6 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1943|
During 1944-1945 HMS Sceptre was disarmed, streamlined and given more powerful batteries to serve as a high speed target submarine.
Damaged by a battery explosion on 8 August 1949. Scrapped at Gateshead in September 1949.
|Former name||P 65|
Commands listed for HMS Sceptre (P 215)
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|1||Lt. Ian Stewart McIntosh, DSC, RN||19 Feb 1943||23 Nov 1944|
|2||Lt. Hilary John Bartlett, DSC, RN||23 Nov 1944||31 Mar 1945|
|3||Lt. Robert Francis Park, RN||31 Mar 1945||12 May 1945|
|4||Lt. William St. George Anderson, DSC, RNR||12 May 1945|
|5||Lt. Lindsay Arthur Pirie, DSC, RN||21 Aug 1945||Oct 1945 ?|
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Noteable events involving Sceptre include:
7 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt.Cdr. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and heavily damaged the German merchant Lippe (7849 GRT) off the Foldafjord, Norway in position 64°32'N, 10°38'E. The Lippe is beached but breaks up the following day.
20 May 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt.Cdr. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Hochheimer (1894 GRT, former British Ronwyn) off Bilbao, northern Spain in position 43°24'N, 03°30'W. In the same attack the torpedoes miss the German patrol vessels V-402 and V-405
23 May 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt.Cdr. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Baldur (3630 GRT, former Danish Jacob Christensen) off Castro-Urdiales, northern Spain.
20 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt.Cdr. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Vela (1184 GRT, offsite link) and the German minesweeper M 132 (874 tons) about 11 nautical miles west-south-west of Eiger?ya, Norway in position 58°23'N, 05°34'E.
20 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt.Cdr. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1111 (527 GRT) off Lister, Norway in position 58°37'N, 05°30'E.