Allied Warships

HMS Seadog (P 216)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 216 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Apr 1940 
Laid down31 Dec 1940 
Launched11 Jun 1942 
Commissioned24 Sep 1942 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 24 December 1947. Scrapped at Troon, Scotland in August 1948.

 
Former nameP 66

Commands listed for HMS Seadog (P 216)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Anthony Robert Daniell, DSC, RNAug 19424 Dec 1942
2Lt. Desmond Samuel Royce Martin, RN4 Dec 194218 Mar 1943
3Lt. Kenneth Steele Renshaw, DSC, RNR18 Mar 194323 Mar 1943
4Lt. Clifford Raymond Pelly, RN23 Mar 1943Feb 1944 ?
5Lt. Samuel Stanley Brooks, DSC, RNFeb 1944 ?30 Jul 44?
6Lt. Edward Ashley Hobson, DSC, RN30 Jul 44?8 Nov 1945

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22 Sep 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Butser (T/Lt. A.F. Cameron, RNVR). (1)

23 Sep 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

5 Nov 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick to depart for her 1st war patrol from there. Passage North through the Minches was made together with HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) and HMS Trooper. They were escorted by HMS Trooper (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (2)

6 Nov 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) and HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) are ordered to proceed with despatch to their patrol positions off the Norwegian coast and not to proceed to Lerwick first as a German 'heavy unit' was thought to be on the move from Norway to the Baltic. (2)

11 Nov 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) is ordered to take up a new patrol position off Northern Norway. (2)

30 Nov 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN). They were escorted by HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. A. Mackay, RNR) until 1300/1 when HMS Foxtrot took over the escort. (2)

2 Dec 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

8 Dec 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) is taken in hand at Ardrossan for repairs and the change of a propeller (she was docked on the 14th). (3)

21 Dec 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Holy Loch (or Ardrossan) for Lerwick together with the British submarines HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) and HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) as well as the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN). They were escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Lord Austin (T/Lt. E.L. Wathen, RNR). (4)

24 Dec 1942
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 2nd war patrol later the same day. She was to patrol off Alten Fjord, Northern Norway to provide cover for convoys JW 51 / RA 51. (2)

5 Jan 1943
While on the return passage to Lerwick HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) is ordered to take up a patrol position off the entrance to Vest Fjord. (2)

10 Jan 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) is ordered to leave her patrol position and return to Lerwick. (2)

11 Jan 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) is ordered to take up a patrol position off the Norwegian coast between Bredsund and Griphølen. (2)

13 Jan 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) again is ordered to leave her patrol position and return to Lerwick. (2)

15 Jan 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

23 Jan 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Lerwick for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kristiansund, Norway to intercept German main units. (2)

26 Jan 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) is ordered to patrol off Alten Fjord, Northern Norway during passage of convoys JW 52 / RA 52. (2)

8 Feb 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

11 Feb 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 314 (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS P 53 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, RN). They were escorted by HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (5)

14 Feb 1943
HMS P 216 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

15 Feb 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) shifted to Ardrossan for docking, repairs, the fitting of RDF and the fitting of an Oerlikon gun. (3)

25 Apr 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) returned to Holy Loch. (3)

14 May 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage North through the Minches together with HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN). They were escorted by HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR). (5)

16 May 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S training. (3)

29 May 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR). (5)

2 Jun 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Norwegian Sea for an anti-Uboat patrol. (2)

6 Jun 1943
At 1612 hours, in position 64°24'N, 01°05'E, HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) sighted a 'Type 9' U-boat. An attack was started but the U-boat dived before torpedoes could be fired. The U-boat sighted was most likely U-536 which was passing through the area and was indeed a 'Type 9' U-boat. (2)

10 Jun 1943
At 0032 hours HE was heard by HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN). A good contact was obtained by Asdics. At 0046 hours one torpedo was fired which was heard to explode at the end of the run. Position was 64°18'N, 01°31'E. If this was indeed a German U-boat it might have been U-417 which was sunk by an aircraft the next day further to the West. (2)

18 Jun 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

26 Jun 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for her 5th war patrol. She proceeded to Lumna Voe for folbot exercises. She departed Lumna Voe later the same day for Spitsbergen where she was to pick up Norwegian commandoes operating there (operation Corncrake). (2)

2 Jul 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) picked up the Norwegian commandoes. (2)

4 Jul 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) attacked but missed the German U-boat U-586 with 6 torpedoes South of Spitsbergen.

(All times are zone -1)
0952 hours - In position 75°43'N, 16°00'E sighted a 500 tons U-boat on the surface at a range of 2500 yards. Started attack.

1007 hours - Fired 6 torpedoes from 3000 yards. On firing Seadog lost depth control and broke surface. The U-boat zigged violently and made off stern on at high speed.

1015 hours - Went deep to avoid being attack with the U-boats stern tubes.

1036 hours - Surfaced and gave chase. Opened fire with the deck gun from 8000 yards. Fired 16 rounds but obtained no hits before the enemy dived at 1057 hours.

(2)

11 Jul 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

13 Jul 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. (3)

14 Jul 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

31 Jul 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. (3)

2 Aug 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

3 Aug 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed the Clyde for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay for an anti-Uboat patrol.

Passage South through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) and HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) until 1250/5. They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

13 Aug 1943
At 2115 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) boarded the small French fishing vessel St. Moquet / LS 819 in position 45°50'N, 04°40'W. The ships papers were examened and the crew was interrogated. The ship was then released and they gave Seadog 12 tunny fish which made a nice meal. (2)

17 Aug 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) made rendez-vous with HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) and HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, RN) later also joined off Bishops Rock. They then proceeded towards Dundee. (2)

21 Aug 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 6th war patrol at Dundee. (2)

2 Sep 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. (3)

3 Sep 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (3)

15 Sep 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) embarked a Norwegian party of 9 men and stores at Scapa Flow. She then set course for Lerwick escorted by HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. A. Mackay, RNR). (2)

16 Sep 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to perform a special operation to land the Norwegian relief party. (2)

25 Sep 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) landed the Norwegian party on Spitsbergen. (2)

1 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 7th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

2 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Scapa Flow. (5)

3 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. She departed for Dundee later the same day. (5)

4 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee. (5)

13 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. (5)

14 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 8th war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol off Andøy, Norway. (2)

29 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

31 Oct 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. Passage South was made together with HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(retired) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) and HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN). (5)

1 Nov 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

3 Nov 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) is docked at Dundee. (3)

12 Nov 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) is undocked. (3)

18 Nov 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (5)

19 Nov 1943
HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) collided with a ship from a convoy. She and HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) put into Aberdeen. Passage was continued later the same day. (5)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Northern Norway. (2)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 9th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

8 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. (3)

9 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

23 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (5)

24 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Stadtlandlet, Norway. (2)

28 Dec 1943
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) torpedoed and sank the German transport ship Oldenburg (8537 GRT, built 1923) about 2.5 nautical miles east-north-east of Honningsvåg, Selje, Norway in position 62°15'N, 05°09'E.

(All times are zone -1)
1113 hours - Sighted a a convoy made up of 2 merchant vessels (4000 and 2500 tons) escorted by a minesweeper. Started attack on the 4000 tons merchant vessel. During the attack sighted a laden 8000 tons merchant vessel escorted by 2 trawlers. Broke off the attack on the 4000 tons merchant and started an attack on this new, larger, vessel.

1200 hours - Fired a full salvo of 6 torpedoes from 2500 yards.

1202 hours - 3 Hits were obtained on the target.

1206 hours - The escorts commenced a counter attack.

1245 hours - The counter attack ended. 19 Depth charges had been dropped.

1339 hours - Returned to periscope depth. Sighted a trawler stopped in the position where the merchant vessel had been torpedoed.

1345 hours - Set course to clear the area.

According to German sources the convoy consisted of the above mentioned Oldenburg as well as Olga Siemers (3347 GRT, built 1923) and Rogn (845 GRT, built 1941). They were escorted by the minesweeper M 433 and the patrol vessels V 5101, UJ 1703 and UJ 1709.

Oldenburg was hit 2 or 3 times (reports differ) and M 433 reported being missed by two torpedoes. Oldenburg had a crew of 57 plus 26 gun crew. Of her crew 51 were rescued including two wounded, two were killed and four were missing, while 25 of the gun crew survived, only one was a fatality. Following the attack Seadog was hunted by the patrol vessels UJ 1703, UJ 1709 and V 5311 (2)

2 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) attacked a Northbound enemy convoy off of Honningsvåg, Selje, Norway with 3 torpedoes. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
Sighted a Northbound convoy of 3 merchant vessels of 2000, 2500 and 3500 tons and 2 escorts, close inshore. Started attack.

1150 hours - In position 62°15'N, 05°05'E fired 3 torpedoes from 2400 to 2900 yards at the 1st and 2nd merchant ship which were overlapping. It was thought that a hit was obtained and a merchant was sunk but actually no hits were obtained. No counter attack with depth charges followed although a hunt was commenced and it appeared that one of the escorts was briely in contact with Seadog.

According to German sources this convoy was mde up of Erika Fritzen (4168 GRT, built 1905), Lynx (1367 GRT, built 1925) and Cambronne (3026 GRT, built 1919) proceeding to Aalsesund escorted by the patrol vessels V 5308 and V 5105. V 5308 reported a loud explosion astern. (2)

3 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) attacked the German tanker Schleswig (10242 GRT, built 1942) in a convoy off Selje, Norway. The torpedoes ran underneath the target.

(All times are zone -1)
1113 hours - Sighted a convoy 3 to 4 nautical miles away. It was made up of a 6000 tons tanker and a 4000 tons merchant vessel. Escort was provided by a torpedo boat and 4 A/S trawlers. Started attack.

1140 hours - In position 62°16'N, 05°14'E fired 3 torpedoes from 700 yards at the tanker. The torpedoes appeared to have run underneath the target. A counter attack followed in which 8 depth charges were dropped but these were not close.

According to German sources the convoy was made up ofthe above mentioned Schleswig as well as Aquila (3550 GRT, built 1908), Triton (1620 GRT, built 1920) and Hans Leonhardt (4174 GRT, built 1922) escorted by the gunboat K 2, the minesweepers M 411, M 489, M 5207 and the patrol boats V 5302 and V 5304. Two torpedoes were sighted. (2)

4 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

5 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. (3)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee. (3)

18 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Dundee for Lerwick. (3)

19 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 11th war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol in the Stavanger area, Norway. (2)

21 Jan 1944
At 0222 hours, HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN), grounded off Utsire, Norway in approximate position 59°17'N, 04°51'E. She got off after 8 minutes. Due to the damage sustained it was decided after a while that the patrol had to be abandoned. (2)

23 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Lerwick. (2)

25 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN).

The submarines were escorted by HMS Lord Ashfield (T/Lt. J.B. Morpeth, RNR). (6)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Dundee. It was decided that repairs would be undertaken at Dundee and that Seadog would be refitted at the same time. (3)

14 Aug 1944
With her refit completed and after a few days of trials HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 614 (T/Lt. P.C.S. Pritchard, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 0955/15 when HMS Cutty Sark (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) took over. (7)

16 Aug 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (7)

28 Oct 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea. This was the work-up patrol of her 2nd commission. Passage North through the minches was made together with HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (2)

31 Oct 1944
At 0640 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) left her escort and set course for her patrol area.

HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) remained in company until 1900 hours. (2)

7 Nov 1944
At 1536 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) sighted HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) in position 59.21'N, 01.13'E. Both submarines then proceeded together to the rendez-vous position with their escort towards the Clyde. (2)

8 Nov 1944
At 0500 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) made rendez-vous with their escort, HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (2)

10 Nov 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Holy Loch. (2)

16 Nov 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (8)

21 Nov 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) is undocked. (8)

3 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of her passage to the Far East. The passage to Gibraltar was made in convoy OS 97 / KMS 71. (9)

10 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (9)

13 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. (9)

17 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (9)

20 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) is docked at Malta. (9)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) is undocked. (9)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Port Said. (9)

26 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (9)

28 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) transited the Suez Canal Southbound. (9)

29 Dec 1944
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Suez for Aden. (9)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. (10)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Aden for at Trincomalee. (10)

17 Jan 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (10)

16 Feb 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for exercises. These were performed during the night of 16/17 February. At 0500/17 these were completed and course was then set for Seadog's patrol area off the Andaman Islands. This was her 13th war patrol, her 1st in the East Indies. (2)

26 Feb 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) is ordered to perfrom Air/Sea rescue duties. (2)

27 Feb 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) rescued three US airmen from a raft in the Bay of Bengal. Shortly afterwards Seadog rescued another. Later Seadog rendezvoused with RAF Catalina to transfer these survivors. (2)

28 Feb 1945
In the evening the search for the last 3 airmen was abandoned and course was set to return to the patrol area. (2)

6 Mar 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) damaged and possibly destroyed a coaster of Port Blair.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1441 hours - In position 087°, Ross Island, 3.9 nautical miles degrees sighted a coaster entering harbour. Started attack.

1459 hours - Fired 2 torpedoes from 500 yards which missed.

1526 hours - Surfaced for gun action in position 071°, Ross Island, 3.1 nautical miles. At least one hit was obtained.

1532 hours - Forced to dive due to fire from shore batteries.

1550 hours - Observed the coaster turn up behind Ross Island. Volumes off blackish smoke were shortly afterwards seen rising from behind Ross Island. It is possible that the coaster went up in flames but this is just wishful thinking. (2)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (1st in the East Indies) at Trincomalee. Before proceeding on her next patrol she had a periodical docking. (2)

31 Mar 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (11)

30 Apr 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 14th war patrol (2nd in the East Indies). She was ordered to patrol off the Andaman Islands and the West coast of Siam. (2)

18 May 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank a Japanese coaster off Ulee Lhoe, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1738 hours - Fired 3 torpedoes at a small steamer of about 300 tons sighted at anchor off Ulee Lhoe. Three minutes later the target was seen to be hit and went up with a big explosion. Seadog then retired to seaward.
(2)

20 May 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.H. Hobson, DSC, RN) destroyed a sailing vessel with gunfire at Sigli, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1426 hours - Sighted a schooner on the beach near Sigli.

1507 hours - Surfaced for gun action. After 10 rounds the target was obscured in sand and debris. Broke off the action after 18 rounds.

1511 hours - Dived. (2)

25 May 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol (2nd in the East Indies) at Trincomalee. (2)

2 Jun 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 15th war patrol (3rd in the East Indies). She was ordered to perform a special operation and to patrol in the Malacca Strait. (2)

9 Jun 1945
During 9 and 10 June HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) carried out her special operation (details hopefully to follow later). (2)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (3rd in the East Indies) at Trincomalee. (2)

18 Jul 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 16th war patrol (4th in the Far East). She was to patrol in the Malacca Straits together with HMS Shalimar (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN). (2)

24 Jul 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1615 hours - Surfaced and engaged an anchored junk of about 50 tons. After a few warning shots the crew was seen to leave her. 50 Rounds were fired before the junk finally sank.

Dived in position 03°39'N, 100°37'E. (2)

26 Jul 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) sank a sailing vessel with demolition charges in the Strait of Malacca, near Cape Rachado, Malaya.

(All times are zone -6.5)
2300 hours - Sighted a dark object on the Starboard bow which soon was seen to be a junk. The boarding party was sent over. The crew of 6 Chinese then was put on board Seadog before the junk, which had a cargo of food for the Japanese army on board, was sunk with 2 demolition charges.
(2)

27 Jul 1945
While operating together HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Shalimar (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, MBE, RN) destroyed a Japanese tank landing ship off Cape Rachado near position 02°22N, 101°51'E.

Later the same day HMS Seadog sank a small sailing vessel with demolition charges.

(All times are zone -6.5)
From the patrol report of Seadog
1407 hours - Sighted a tank landing ship or auxiliary transport. We have sighted this ship before off Nancowry. Seadog had then been unable to attack due to the escort that was present at that time. Now there was no escort so the old score could be settled. Called Shalimar on SST but received no reply. It was thought that she may be manoeuvring at high speed for a torpedo attack. As the range was increasing it was decided to surface and engage with the gun.

1434 hours - Surfaced and opened fire from 7000 yards. After about 20 minutes, the enemy, who had been taking no avoiding action other then increasing speed, turned 90 degrees to port. This was most likely to bring his forward gun into action, for so far there had been no return fire and the hits on the stern had most likely knocked out the machine guns on her stern.

1509 hours - Shalimar surfaced ahead. The enemy meanwhile had returned to her original course. When Shalimar suraced she again turned to port and went towards the beach. Both submarine were now attacking with their deck guns.

1516 hours - The enemy beached herself. A lot of hits had been obtained but there was yet little sign of mortal damage.

1545 hours - Ceased fire. The enemy was by now a flaming wreck.

1558 hours - Withdrew to seaward together with HMS Shalimar.

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2207 hours - Boarded and sank a 20 tons junk. Cargo was 800 motor tyres and 500 pairs of rubber sandals. (2)

29 Jul 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) sank a sailing vessel with demolition charges in the Strait of Malacca near the mouth of the Burnam River.

(All times are zone -6.5)
2346 hours - Boarded and sank a 80 tons junk with demolition charges. Took 9 Chinamen on board.
(2)

30 Jul 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) made a torpedo attack on a Japanese coaster in convoy near the mouth of the Burnam River. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1255 hours - Sighted a convoy of 2 coasters escorted by 2 ML's. Unfortunately Shalimar was not with us. Decided to attack with torpedoes. 3 Torpedoes were fired at the leading coaster from 600 to 700 yards. One of the torpedoes was seen passing underneath the coasters. One of the ML's came towards and dropped 2 depth charges but these did no damage to Seadog who meanwhile retired to seaward.
(2)

1 Aug 1945
While operating together HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Shalimar (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) sink a coaster with gunfire in the Malacca Strait off the Jumpul Bank.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1410 hours - Received orders from Shalimar by SST to concentrate. Information was received that the target Shalimar had sighted was an unescorted coaster.

1502 hours - Surfaced just ahead of the enemy's beam at a range of 3600 yards. Shalimar had meanwhile surfaced on the quarter of the enemy. Seadog's third round was a hit and thereafter the enemy was continuesly hit by both submarines. Soon the target was ablaze and she sank shortly afterwards. Shalimar picked up the suvivors including the Japanese captain. (2)

2 Aug 1945
While operating together HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Shalimar (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) sink a tug and a barge with gunfire in the southern part of the Strait of Malacca near the mouth of the Burnam River.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1427 hours - Sighted a small tug towing a lighter coming down the coast. Passed this information the Shalimer.

1439 hours - Surfaced to engage the targets with the deck gun from 3000 yards. The targets were small and difficult to hit, but both targets were hit and the barge was soon settling by the stern and sank in shallow water. The tug appeared to be slowly sinking and was out of control but she too soon sank. Shalimar had meanwhile also surfaced and fired some shots. (2)

5 Aug 1945
While operating together HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Shalimar (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Meeke, DSC, RN) sink a coaster with gunfire in the southern part of the Strait of Malacca near Malacca.

Later on the same day Seadog sank a sailing vessel with demolition charges.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1020 hours - Sighted a coaster coming down the coast from the Northwards. Passed an enemy report by SST to Shalimar. The coaster was not escorted.

1030 hours - Both submarines surfaced to engage the enemy, a vessel of 250 to 300 tons. She was hit repeatedly and soon turned towards the beach on fire aft. Closer inshore she burst into a huge conflagration and the submarines withdrew on the surface and left the fire to do its work.

1115 hours - Boarded and sank a junk of 120 tons. Unfortunately smoke from the fire on board the coaster attracked patrolling aircraft all day and no further junk hunting could take place. (2)

12 Aug 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) ended her 16th war patrol (4th in the East Indies) at Trincomalee. (2)

6 Sep 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee to return to the U.K. (3)

21 Sep 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Suez. (3)

22 Sep 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) transited the Suez Canal Northbound and arrived at Port Said. (3)

23 Sep 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (3)

24 Sep 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (3)

4 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Malta. (3)

7 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (3)

9 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. (3)

13 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (3)

14 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. (3)

18 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (3)

29 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Harwich. (3)

30 Oct 1945
HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) arrived at Harwich. (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17445
  2. ADM 199/1871
  3. ADM 199/2570
  4. ADM 199/424
  5. ADM 199/627
  6. ADM 199/1385
  7. ADM 173/18654
  8. ADM 173/18657
  9. ADM 173/18658
  10. ADM 173/19602
  11. ADM 199/1918

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


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