Allied Warships

HMS Sceptre (P 215)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 215 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered23 Jan 1940 
Laid down25 Jul 1940 
Launched6 Jan 1943 
Commissioned15 Apr 1943 
End service 
History

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 nameP 65

Commands listed for HMS Sceptre (P 215)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Ian Stewart McIntosh, DSC, RN19 Feb 194323 Nov 1944
2Lt. Hilary John Bartlett, DSC, RN23 Nov 194431 Mar 1945
3Lt. Robert Francis Park, RN31 Mar 194512 May 1945
4Lt. William St. George Anderson, DSC, RNR12 May 1945

5Lt. Lindsay Arthur Pirie, DSC, RN21 Aug 1945Oct 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.


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