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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 a refit in late 1944 - early 1945 HMS Sceptre was 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, RN20 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 1945Jun 1945 ?
5Lt. Robert Francis Park, RNJun 1945 ?21 Aug 1945
6Lt. Lindsay Arthur Pirie, DSC, RN21 Aug 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Noteable events involving Sceptre include:


15 Apr 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

26 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for exercises.

At 1800 hours the next day she joined HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) and FFL Curie (Lt. P.M. Sonneville) for passage North. They were escorted by HMS Columbine T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.J. Griffiths, RNR). (2)

29 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S exercises. (2)

30 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Ledbury (Lt. D.R.N. Murdoch, RN) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (2)

31 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (2)

3 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

4 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Scapa Flow. Target was HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN). (3)

7 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Scapa Flow. Target was HMS Rodney (Capt. J.V. Rivett-Carnac, DSC, RN). (3)

10 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

11 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

13 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Wallace (Lt. D. Carson, RN), and HMS Viceroy (T.F. Hallifax, RN) and HMS Woolston (Lt. F.W. Hawkins, RN). (3)

14 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. At sea she joined USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) and her escort HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)

16 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

She departed for Plymouth later the same day together with FFL Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot). (3)

18 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth for structural repairs at the Devonport Dockyard. (3)

22 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is docked at the Devonport Dockyard. (3)

8 Jul 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is undocked. (4)

13 Jul 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Holy Loch. (4)

15 Jul 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

16 Jul 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

18 Jul 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFL Minerve. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (4)

20 Jul 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea on an Anti-Submarine patrol.

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


HMS Sceptre 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

5 Aug 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

7 Aug 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (6)

11 Aug 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (6)

31 Aug 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, DSC, RN) departs Holy Loch for Loch Loch Cairnbawn (Port H.H.Z.). She made the passage together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN), HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) and HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (6)

1 Sep 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Port HHZ (Loch Cairnbawn). (7)

12 Sep 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed from Port H.H.Z. for her 2nd war patrol. She is to tow midget submarine X 10 to the entrance to the Alten Fjord in Northern Norway.

Sceptre and X 10 are part of Operation Source. An attack by six midget submarines on the German battleship Tirpitz.

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


HMS Sceptre 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (8)

19 Sep 1943
After a successful tow HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN), at 2015 hours (zone -1) takes midget submarine X 10 alongside to put the crew on board her that was to attack Tirpitz. The passage crew was taken off. The transfer was completed at 2155 hours. (8)

20 Sep 1943
At 1925 hours (zone -1) HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) and midget submarine X 10 (T/Lt. K.R. Hudspeth, RANVR) both surfaced. The tow and telephone line was disconnected and at 2003 hours X 10 slipped and proceeded towards the Soroy Sund. Sceptre then departed the area to take up her patrol position.

X 10 suffered serveral electrical problems and was not able to continue her mission. She made contact with HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) during the night of 27/28 September 1943. (8)

4 Oct 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) left her patrol position for Lerwick. (8)

8 Oct 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick. (8)

11 Oct 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (9)

14 Oct 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (9)

11 Nov 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR), HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) and HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN). They were escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (10)

13 Nov 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (10)

15 Nov 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway.

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


HMS Sceptre 3rd war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). In the moring of 9 December by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN) took over the escort. (5)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (11)

22 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (11)

24 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed later the same day for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Norway, Trondheim area and later on a position in the Norwegian Sea on an A/S patrol.

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


HMS Sceptre 4th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

4 Jan 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) attacked the Norwegian merchant Nina (1488 GRT, built 1917) near Namsos, Norway in position 64°36'3"N, 10°40'5"E with 4 torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
1046 hours - Sighted smoke of a ship.

1056 hours - Sighted the masts and funnels of 3 ships coming out of the leads South of Villa were sighted. They were identified as an armed trawler and 2 merchant vessels of 1200 and 1000 tons respectively in single line ahead. Started attack.

1144 hours - In position 64°36'3"N, 10°40'5"E fired 4 torpedoes from 4000 yards. The torpedoes were heard to explode on the shore after 5 minutes.

The above mentioned Nina was in convoy with Torafire (894 GRT, built 1920). They were escorted by the German patrol vessel ND 10. They were bound for Namsos. (5)

7 Jan 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

8 Jan 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HNoMS Narvik until 1200 hours when escort was taken over HMS Regal (A/Skr.Lt. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR)

10 Jan 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (12)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(retired) C.M. Norman, RN). (12)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed later the same day for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kya, Norway.

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


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

1 Feb 1944
Near Namsos HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) attacked a convoy made up of the Norwegian merchant Bera (771 GRT, built 1925) and the Finnish merhant Motto (1173 GRT, built 1903) escorted by the German patrol boats ND 01 and ND 08.

(All times are zone -1)
1015 hours - In position 64°31'N, 10°34'E, sighted a Northbound convoy of 2 merchant vessels (2000 and 1500 tons) escorted by 3 trawlers. Started attack.

1041 hours - In position 64°35'N, 10°43'E fired 4 torpedoes on the second merchant vessel (1500 tons) from 1900 yards. No hits were obtained and no counter attack with depth charges followed, although two of the trawlers remained in the area to hunt the attacker. Explosions were heard after 3 minutes 53 seconds, 3 minutes 57 seconds, 4 minutes 55 seconds, 5 minutes 00 seconds. (5)

3 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) claims to have attacked a German u-boat with 6 torpedoes off Namsos, Norway in position 64°31'N, 10°38'E. No hits were obtained and it is unclear what Sceptre attacked.

(All times are zone -1)
0843 hours - In position 64°38'N, 10°34'E, sighted a convoy of a 1200 tons merchant vessel and a 500 tons u-boat. They were escorted by 5 trawlers. Started attack.

0901 hours - In position 64°39'N, 10°38'E fired 6 torpedoes from 4400 yards at the u-boat. No hits were obtained. Sceptre was hunted and 21 depth charges were dropped but none was close.

The convoy attacked was made up of the German tankers Blexen (759 GRT, built 1942) and Feiestein (461 GRT, built 1941). They were escorted by the German patrol vessels V 5911, ND-12, ND-15 and NSA-02. The German submarine U-360 and her escort M-132 were also in the area but M-132 only made RV with the uboat at 1030 hours. It is not clear what Sceptre attacked it is possible it was U-360 but it was also possible that another ship was attacked and mistaken for a u-boat, quite possible at a range of 4400 yards in not to good visibility. (5)

9 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

10 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (13)

12 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (13)

15 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (13)

20 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is undocked. (13)

26 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (13)

28 Feb 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

Later the same day she departed for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Kya, Norway.

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


HMS Sceptre 6th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

6 Mar 1944
Near Namsos HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) attacked an enemy merchant vessel in convoy with two torpedoes. Both missed.

(All times are zone -1)
1019 hours - Sighted a HE-115 aircraft patrolling to the North-East. A convoy was expected to be nearby.

1027 hours - In position 64°32'4"N, 10°35'5"E sighted the convoy. Started attack. The convoy was seen to be made up of 5 merchant vessels, 2 of 3000 to 4000 tons, 2 of 2500 tons and 1 of 1000 tons. They were escorted by 1 M-class minesweeper, 1 whaler and 3 trawlers.

1124 hours - Due to a zig Sceptre ended up between the two columns of merchant ships. She fired 2 torpedoes from only 250 yards at one of the bigger merchant vessels. Both missed as they probably passed under not having reached their correct depth yet. Went to 270 feet on firing but no counter attack followed.

1218 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Nothing in sight. (5)

7 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and heavily damaged the German merchant Lippe (7849 GRT, built 1919) off the Foldafjord, Norway in position 64°32'N, 10°38'E. The Lippe is beached but breaks up the following day.

(All times are zone -1)
1034 hours - In position 64°33'N, 10°36'E sighted a convoy of 3 merchant ships (7800 tons, 4000 tons and 3000 tons) with an escort of 1 M-class minesweeper, a whaler and 2 trawlers. Started attack.

1109 hours - Fired 5 torpedoes at the 3 overlapping merchant vessels from 1500 to 1700 yards. Went deep on firing. It had been intended to fire a full salvo of 6 torpedoes but owning to an error in drill only 5 were fired. 4 Hits were claimed on all 3 ships but this was not the case. Only Lippe was hit and she was beached but broke up the following day.

A counter attack followed in which 18 depth charges were dropped but these caused no damage to Sceptre.

The convoy attacked was made up of the above mentioned Lippe (correctly identified by Lt. McIntosh), German tanker Adria (6358 GRT, built 1927) Norwegian passenger/cargo ship Dronningen (661 GRT, built 1894) and Dutch merhant vessel (in German service) Alkaid (5483 GRT, built 1937). They were escorted by the minesweeper M-151 and patrol vessels NM-02 and ND-07. (5)

12 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) attacked the Norwegian merchant Kong Harald (1110 GRT, build 1890) off Namsos. 3 torpedoes were fired and a hit was claimed but this was not the case.

(All times are zone -1)
1625 hours - Sighted the mast of a ship. Closed to investigate.

1640 hours - Started attack on 1200 tons merchant vessel escorted by a minesweeper and a trawler.

1703 hours - In position 64°32'8"N, 10°37'8"E fired 3 torpedoes at the merchant vessel from 2600 yards. Went to 270 feet on firing. An explosion was head at a time giving a running range of 2600 yards. This was thought to be a hit. 2 More explosions were heard giving a running range of 4400 yards. These were the other 2 torpedoes that hit the shore. A mild counter attack followed in which 7 depth charges were dropped but these did no damage.

Kong Harald was escorted by the German patrol boats ND-08 and ND-10. (5)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) attacked the Dutch merchant (in German service) Gordias (1632 GRT, built 1939) with 2 torpedoes near Namsos. Two hits were claimed as well as the ship being sunk. This was however not the case.

(All times are zone -1)
1049 hours - Sighted a BV-138 aircraft patrolling. Shortly afterwards sighted a mast. Closed at high speed.

1113 hours - Started attack on a 5000 tons merchant vessel escorted by a trawler.

1124 hours - In position 64°34'7"N, 10°32'9"E fired 2 torpedoes from 1200 yards. Went to 270 feet on firing. Heard 2 explosions 39 and 48 seconds after firing so 2 hits were claimed as loud breaking up noises were heard. A counter attack of 9 single depth charges followed but this caused no damage to Sceptre.

The above mentioned Gordias was escorted by the German patrol boats ND-09 and ND-10. (5)

16 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

23 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) shifted from Lerwick to Scapa Flow. (14)

25 Mar 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to port HHZ (Loch Cairnbawn) where she was to participate in exercises. (14)

9 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Port HHZ with midget submarine X-24 in tow. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (A/Capt. (retired) A.L. Sanders, RN) and HNoMS Narvik. (5)

10 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) with her tow arrived at Burra Firth on the Island of Unst. (5)

11 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN), with midged submarine X-24 (T/Lt. M.H. Shean, RANVR) in tow, departed Burra Firth for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to release X-24 off Bergen (Operation Guidance). A dry dock at Bergen had to be destroyed.

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


HMS Sceptre 7th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

12 Apr 1944
At 2050 hours HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) released her tow. (5)

14 Apr 1944
X-24 placed both explosive charges near the dock en then succesfully found her way back out to sea. At 2301 hours she made RV with HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN). Both submarines now retired from the area at full speed until 0034/15 when both stopped and Sceptre took X-24 in tow. The crew of the midged submarine was also taken off and a passage crew placed on board.

The dry dock was however not sunk but damaged. The German merchant Barenfels (7569 GRT, built 1921) was sunk instead. (5)

16 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) and X-24 arrived at Balta Sound ending Sceptre's 7th war patrol.

She departed later the same day for Port HHZ still with X-24 in tow and escorted by HMS Alecto (A/Capt. (retired) A.L. Sanders, RN). (5)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) and X-24 arrive at Port HHZ. (5)

20 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Port HHZ for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Bonaventure (A/Capt. (retired) W.R. Fell, DSC, OBE, RN). (15)

21 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (15)

27 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (15)

28 Apr 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is undocked. (15)

6 May 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay off Northern Spain.

She was escorted South through the Irish Sea until 0650/8 by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

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


HMS Sceptre 8th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

20 May 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Hochheimer (1894 GRT, former British Ronwyn, built 1918) off Bilbao, northern Spain in position 43°31'N, 02°52'W. Hochheimer was escorted by the German patrol vessels V-402 and V-405.

(All times are zone -2)
0028 hours - Sighted two ships coming from Bilbao. Started attack.

0037 hours - Fired 6 torpedoes from 500 yards. When the 2nd and 3rd torpedoes were seen to pass under the leading ship the 4th torpedo was fired. Sceptre then began to dive and it was intended not to fire the 5th and 6th torpedoes of the salvo but due to an error in drill these were fired. These were 2 wasted torpedoes as the helm was now on.

2 Minutes and 47 seconds after firing the was an explosion. Another ship that was seen while diving beyond the 2 ships attacked was hit. Soon after diving A/S transmissions were heard coming from the 2 ships that were initially attacked and they are now thought to be escorts. They dropped 4 depth charges that caused no damage to Sceptre.

0247 hours - Sceptre surfaced and retired to the North. (5)

23 May 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Baldur (3630 GRT, built 1920, former Danish Jacob Christensen) off Punta Lamie, northern Spain in position 43°21'30"N, 03°10'30"W.

(All times are zone -2)
On closing the coast sighted a large merchant painted grey at anchor of Punta Cotolino. In this position it was not possible to attack without upsetting the Spanish. Soon after midday she was seen to be under way and she seemed to be making for Bilbao at slow speed. Sceptre closed her at 7 knots for 12 minutes. Soon afterwards she was seen to be steering to the Westward and soon afterwards to the Northward and then she appeared to stop in a position about 2 nautical miles East of Casto Urdiales (off Punta Lamie). As she was now some distance of a Spanish harbour it was decided to attack.

1407 hours - Fired a torpedo from 2000 yards. It hit the target in the forward hold.

1409 hours - Fired a second torpedo. This hit the after hold. The whole ship lifted up and her keel was broken. She was soon resting on the bottom with a list of 30 degrees. It was then that a loading gantry was seen on the cliff and it became clear that this was a loading place for iron ore. The Spanish would not like this loading berth to be blocked with the wreck of a German ship. (5)

2 Jun 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Gibraltar. (5)

17 Jun 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises with aircraft off Gibraltar. (16)

20 Jun 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar to return to the U.K. She made the passage in convoy MKS-52 together with HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS Sceptre during this passage see the map below.


HMS Sceptre passage Gibraltar - Holy Loch click here for bigger map (16)

1 Jul 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (17)

4 Jul 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (17)

7 Jul 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is undocked. (17)

24 Jul 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. She is undocked later the same day. (17)

26 Jul 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Port HHZ (Loch Cairnbawn). She was escorted by HMS Alecto (A/Capt. (retired) A.L. Sanders, RN). (17)

27 Jul 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Port HHZ. (17)

1 Aug 1944
While at Port HHZ, Able Seaman George Dunkey (P/JX 394427) was lost overboard by accident. He did not survive.

13 Aug 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch.

3 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Balta Sound, Unst Island. She had midget submarine X-24 in tow. They were escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. (retired) E.S. Felton, RN). (5)

6 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) arrived at Balta Sound. (5)

7 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Balta Sound for operation 'Heckle'. She was to tow midget submarine X-24 (Lt. H.P. Westmacott, DSC, RN) to Bergen to attack the dry dock there. This was Sceptre's 9th war patrol.

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


HMS Sceptre 9th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

10 Sep 1944
At 2000 hours HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) released her tow. (5)

11 Sep 1944
At 2211 hours HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) sighted X-24.

She had succesfully placed her explosive charges. The dry dock sank. Two Norwegian merchant vessels that were near the dock were damaged, the Sten (1464 GRT, built 1910) and Kong Oscar II (914 GRT, built 1904) (5)

13 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Balta Sound ending her 9th war patrol. She shifted to Lerwick later the same day. (5)

14 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 10th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol off South-West Norway.

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


HMS Sceptre 10th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

20 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) attacked but missed a coaster of about 800 tons with 3 torpedoes near Egersund.

Later the same day she torpedoed and sank the Norwegian merchant Vela (1184 GRT, built 1930, offsite link) and the German minesweeper M 132 (874 tons, built 1942) off Egersund, Norway in position 58°19'N, 05°35'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1215 hours - Sighted a small unescorted coaster. Started attack. When first seen she was thought to be of 1500 tons but when Sceptre came closer he was thought to be no more than 800 tons.

1247 hours - In position 58°30'2"N, 05°41'E fired 3 torpedoes from 1000 yards. All missed and exploded on the beach. It is thought the torpedoes might have run underneath the ship.

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2225 hours - Sighted a convoy of 2 merchant ships (7000 and 3000 tons) escorted by 2 A/S trawlers and 2 more unidentified vessels. Started attack.

2231 hours - In position 58°19'2"N, 05°34'8"E fired a full salvo of 6 torpedoes from 2200 yards at the 2 merchant vessels. 4 Explosions were heard between 2 minutes 32 and 2 minutes 58 seconds after firing. A counter attack in which about 7 patterns of 4 or 5 depth charges were dropped followed but they caused no harm to Sceptre as she was retiring at high speed on the surface about 2 nautical miles from the place of the attack by that time. It is thought both merchant vessels were sunk.

The convoy attacked was made up of the above mentioned Vela as well as the German merchant Haussa (2819 GRT, built 1942). Besides the above mentioned M-132 the other ships of the escort were the German minesweeper M-1 and the German patrol vessels UJ-1111 and UJ-1113. (5)

23 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Lerwick.

Later the same day she departed for Holy Loch together with HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). The next moning HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) joined them off Scapa Flow. (5)

26 Sep 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (18)

6 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Kames Bay. (19)

9 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked and returned to Holy Loch. (19)

12 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) and HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) also took passage North until they were released to proceed to their patrol area in the North Sea. (19)

14 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (19)

15 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, 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 Sceptre during this patrol see the map below.


HMS Sceptre 11th war patrol click here for bigger map (5)

20 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1111 (527 GRT, built 1941) off Lister, Norway in position 58°34'N, 05°28'5"E.

(All times are zone -1)
2233 hours - Sighted a convoy of 3 merchant vessels (6000, 4000 and 3000 tons) escorted by 3 A/S trawlers. Started attack.

2255 hours - In position 58°34'N, 05°28'5"E fired 2 torpedoes at the 6000 tons merchant vessel and 2 torpedoes at the 4000 tons merchant vessel. After firing Sceptre retired on the surface at 14.5 knots. 2 minutes and 30 seconds after firing there was a tremendous explosion and the leading ship blew up with great violence [this must have been UJ-1111 that was hit and sunk]. 2 Hits were observed on the second ship. About 12 depth charges were dropped in the counter attack but as Sceptre was retiring on the surface these did her no harm. (5)

28 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Lerwick. (5)

31 Oct 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. he made the passage together with HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) and HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (19)

2 Nov 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (20)

16 Nov 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde area for Sheerness. She made the passage North through the Minches together with HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) and HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

At 1625/19, off Scapa Flow, HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort of HMS Hastings.

At 1513/20, near Dundee, Sceptre joined HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR) that was escorting HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN)Southwards. (20)

22 Nov 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Sheerness. She was to be refitted and modified at the Royal Dockyard there. (20)

3 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) ended her refit at the Sheerness Dockyard. She made a trial dive that day. (21)

5 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Sheerness for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Lord Plender (A/Skr.Lt. J.W. Shell, RNR). (21)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. (21)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (21)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (21)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) and HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (21)

12 Feb 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay to beging a period of trials and exercises off the Scottish West coast. (21)

14 Jun 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. R.F. Park, RN ?) is docked at Holy Loch. (22)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Sceptre (Lt. R.F. Park, RN ?) is undocked. (22)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1909
  2. ADM 173/18003
  3. ADM 173/18004
  4. ADM 173/18005
  5. ADM 199/1841
  6. ADM 173/18006
  7. ADM 199/2569
  8. ADM 199/888
  9. ADM 199/627
  10. ADM 173/18008
  11. ADM 173/18009
  12. ADM 173/18635
  13. ADM 173/18636
  14. ADM 173/18637
  15. ADM 173/18638
  16. ADM 173/18640
  17. ADM 173/18641
  18. ADM 173/18643
  19. ADM 173/18644
  20. ADM 173/18645
  21. ADM 173/19560
  22. ADM 173/19564

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


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