Allied Warships

HMS Sea Scout (P 253)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 253 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered19 Oct 1942 
Laid down1 Apr 1943 
Launched24 Mar 1944 
Commissioned19 Jun 1944 
End serviceSep 1962 
History

Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales 14 December 1965.  

Commands listed for HMS Sea Scout (P 253)

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1Lt. James William Kelly, RN15 Apr 19445 Dec 1945

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The Ships bell was given to the Scout Association and now is on the "bridge" of the Scout Boating Centre "Longridge" at Marlow Buckinghamshire (1)

17 Jun 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Liverpool for Holy Loch where she arrived later the same day for a period of trials and training.

14 Jul 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow where she is to participate in exercises.

She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

16 Jul 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

30 Jul 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch.

She was escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

1 Aug 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for another period of exercises.

5 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She makes the passage (until Scapa Flow) with HMS Scythian (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR).

She was escorted by the armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark.

7 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick.

She departed for her 1st (work up) war partrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea to the East of the Orkney Islands.

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


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19 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick.

23 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN).

They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR).

Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HMS Scythian (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR).

26 Sep 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

15 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN), HMS Trident (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) and HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Gibraltar. They make the passage in convoy OS-92 / KMS-66.

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


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26 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

28 Oct 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN), HMS Trident (A/Lt.Cdr. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) and HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) all departed Gibraltar for Malta. At sea they join convoy KMS-66.

3 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Malta.

10 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Malta for Port Said.

14 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Port Said.

15 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) transited the Suez Canal and departed for Aden.

21 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Aden.

25 Nov 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Aden for Colombo.

4 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Colombo.

5 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee.

7 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Trincomalee.

20 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was docked at Trincomalee.

21 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was undocked.

22 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee.

24 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Andaman Sea and off Northern Sumatra.

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


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29 Dec 1944
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) destroyed two coasters that were grounded and damaged at Malacca, Car Nicobar Island. A pier under construction was also damaged.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1530 hours - Sighted two coasters on the beach at Malacca. As Sea Scout came closer it was seen that a large number of men were working on the northern most coaster. The other one was seen to be well smashed. There was also a certain amount of activity around what looked to be a new pier.

1655 hours - Surfaced and commenced bombarding the coaster that was under repair from a range of 3000 yards. After he had been hit 9 times it became obvious that he was already gutted as he would not burn. Target was now shifted to the other coaster. After several hits it slipped into the sea to about the midship section. Target was then shifted to the pier and 5 hits were scored. Large bits of it were thrown into the air.

1703 hours - Cease fire.

1707 hours - Dived. When at 45 feet an explosion took place that was quite close. Three more explosions followed soon after. It appeared that Sea Scout was attacked by an aircraft.

15 Jan 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

1 Feb 1945
During 1 and 2 February 1945 HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises.

8 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was docked at Trincomalee.

12 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was undocked.

14 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Northern part of the Malacca Strait.

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


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23 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait. An other one was heavily damaged if not destroyed.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1455 hours - Sighted two junks approaching. they were on a Northerly course.

1545 hours - Surfaced in position 04°23'N, 100°24'E and closed the junks.

1603 hours - Opened fire.

1612 hours - Ceased fire. One 10 tons junk had her mast down and was listing heavily. Her crew got away in a small boat after the first round. The crew of the second junk, that was far larger (about 25 tons), had abandoned ship as soon as fire was opened on the other. This junk was seen to sink. The smaller one was considered to be a total loss.

1619 hours - Dived in position 04°24'N, 100°22'E.

26 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank two sailing vessels with demolition charges in the Malacca Strait.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1645 hours - Sighted two sailing vessels to the South.

1735 hours - Surfaced in position 06°21'N, 99°34'E. Shortly afterwards boarded a 10 tons twakow. Took the crew of 4 on board and sank the Twakow with demolition charges. The second twakow suffered the same fate. The 8 crew of both twakows were put on the first sampan that Sea Scout came across.

28 Feb 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank two sailing vessels in the Malacca Strait. One with gunfire and the other one with demolition charges.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0730 hours - Sighted sail ahead. Closed and investigated a small Chinese junk. Her cargo was mainly soap. The crew were put into their sampan and the junk was sunk with gunfire in position 06°08'N, 99°25'E.

0948 hours - Sighted a sail bearing 115°.

1003 hours - Dived for aircraft.

1107 hours - Surfaced in position 06°01'N, 99°33'E. Closed and boarded a junk. Put the crew into their sampan and sank the junk with demolition charges.

4 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a sampan with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0140 hours - In position 05°25'N, 99°35'E sighted a sail bearing 315°. Altered course towards. Boarded a large sampan that was heavily laden with rice. Took the crew onboard and sank the sampan with gunfire.

5 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1200 hours - Sighted one junk and three sampans. Closed.

1305 hours - Surfaced 05°52'N, 100°11'E in position and boarded a 40 tons junk. She was heavily laden with rice. The crew of 8 were put into their sampan and the junk was demolished with gunfire.

7 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank two coasters and demolishes a pier at Ulee Lhoe (Banda Aceh), Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0820 hours - In approximate position 05°38'N, 95°17'E got a good look at Ulee Lhoe through the periscope. One coaster of about 250-300 tons was anchored to the East of the pier. The pier itself was a hive of activity, two small coasters were alongside its outer end, and several small craft were on the western side.

0915 - 0918 hours - Fired a total of four torpedoes. The first two were aimed at the anchored coaster. The first hit just forward of the bridge. Shortly afterwards only the mast of this coaster was seen so she must have sunk.

Of the other two torpedoes none was seen to have hit the pier but non the less it was seen to be on fire and down partially demolished. Of the two small coasters one was seen to lay off. The other was not seen and presumed sunk or disintegrated.

0947 hours - Withdrew from the scene.

11 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee.

15 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo.

17 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Colombo.

22 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was docked at Colombo.

23 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was undocked.

31 Mar 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Colombo for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to proceed to Exmouth Gulf, Australia for fuel and fresh provisions before proceeding to her patrol area in the Bali and Flores Seas.

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


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12 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf, Australia for fuel and fresh provisions. She departed for her patrol area after a few hours but while still in Exmouth Gulf she grounded on a shoal not marked on her chart. After a while she got off but returned to the oiler to have her bottom inspected by divers.

13 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Exmouth Gulf for her patrol area after being inspected by divers.

17 Apr 1945
In the early moring hours HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) passes Lombok Strait northbound.

25 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a coaster with gunfire off Sumbawa Island, Netherlands East Indies.

(All times are zone -9)
1711 hours - Surfaced in position 08°24'S, 117°24'E. Opened fire on a coaster of about 300 tons that was anchored off the beach. Fired 49 rounds for 36 hits. The coaster caught fire and was seen to sink.

1728 hours - Dived and retired from the area.

27 Apr 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) passes Lombok Strait southbound. She makes most of the passage submerged during daytime.

4 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East and 1st in the South-West Pacific area) at Fremantle, Australia.

18 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was docked at Fremantle.

20 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was undocked.

24 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Fremantle.

26 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Fremantle for Subic Bay, Philippines.

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


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29 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Onslow to top off with fuel.

30 May 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Onslow to resume her passage to Subic Bay.

2 Jun 1945
During the night of 2 / 3 June 1945 HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) passes Lombok Strait northbound.

11 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Subic Bay.

16 Jun 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Subic Bay for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 2nd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam in a wolf-pack consisting of herself and her sister ships HMS Supreme (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Barlow, RN) and HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) as well as the U.S. submarines USS Charr (Cdr. F.D. Boyle, USN) and USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald, USN). The Commanding Officers of the USS Charr was the senior officer of the wolf-pack.

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


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1 Jul 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a Japanese tug, five barges and a coaster with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam.

(All times are zone -9)
1755 hours - Asdic reported HE bearing 300°.

1832 hours - In position 10°54'N, 99°29'E sighted a ship bearing 285°. This was soon seen to be a tug towing five barges.

1837 hours - Surfaced and engaged the tug with gunfire from a range of 6000 yards while closing at full speed. The tug immediately slipped the tow and made off for the next small bay with a sandy bottom to beach herself. 49 Rounds were fired at her for at least 5 hits and she was soon on fire.

Attention was now shifted to the barges. 89 Rounds of 4" were fired at these as well as 6 pans of Oerlikon. It took some time but in the end all were sunk. The sea was now absolutely littered with 50 gallon oil drums. It was estimated that there were about 500 of them floating around.

1854 hours - The tug had meanwhile beached herself in position 10°52'N, 99°29'E. Fired 21 rounds at her and 18 of these hit the target area. She was left on the beach a complete wreck and burning well. The gun crew was just sent below when one of the lookouts reported a heavily camouflaged coaster of about 800 tons up against the cliffs about 2000 yards away. The gun crews were brought up and at ...

1925 hours - Opened fire on the coaster and 7 minutes later she was ablaze from stem to stern.

1933 hours - Ceased fire and retired from the scene.

1941 hours - Dived in position 10°52'N, 99°31'E.

7 Jul 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a motor lugger with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam.

(All times are zone -9)
1715 hours - Sighted a medium seized motor lugger coast crawling Northwards.

1724 hours - Surfaced in position 10°55'N, 99°30'E. Opened fire with the 4" gun from 1900 yards. The third round hit and when 12 rounds were fired the lugger sank.

1730 hours - Dived.

9 Jul 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank two sailing vessels with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam.

(All times are zone -9)
1035 hours - Sighted a large junk of about 150 tons coast crawling Northwards.

1058 hours - Surfaced in position 10°50'N, 99°29'E and engaged the junk from 2500 yards. After having fired 13 rounds the junk sank.

1115 hours - Dived.

2026 hours - Sighted a large schooner of about 200/250 tons coming up the coast from the South.

2048 hours - Surfaced in position 10°39'N, 99°23'E. Engaged the target from 2700 yards. After 42 rounds were fired she sank at 2100 hours.

17 Jul 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Far East and 2nd in the South-West Pacific area) at Subic Bay.

27 Jul 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was docked at Subic Bay.

30 Jul 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) was undocked.

4 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Subic Bay.

5 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted exercises off Subic Bay.

8 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

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


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15 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) sank a small Japanese patrol vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam.

Later (at 2350 hours) on this day Sea Scout was ordered to return to Subic Bay as Japan had surrendered.

(All times are zone -9)
1523 hours - Sighted a small vessel coast crawling South.

1535 hours - Surfaced and opened fire. The 3rd round stopped him but he soon got under way again trying the beach himself.

1548 hours - The vessel sank in position 10°50'N, 99°29'E. It was thought to be a small gunboat driven by a diesel engine with a small funnel aft.

1551 hours - Dived.

20 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area) at Subic Bay.

27 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Subic Bay for Hong Kong.

30 Aug 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) arrived at Hong Kong.

11 Sep 1945
HMS Sea Scout (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Hong Kong to return to the U.K.

Sea Scout arrived at Trincomalee on 24 September
She was docked there for repairs the same day being undocked on 27 September.
Sea Scout departed Trincomalee on 30 September for Aden where she arrived on 9 October.
Sea Scout departed Aden on 13 October for Port Said where she arrived on 19 October.
Sea Scout departed Port said on 31 October for Malta where she arrived on 29 October.
Sea Scout departed Port Said on 25 October for Malta where she arrived on 29 October.
Sea Scout departed Malta on 31 October for Gibraltar where she arrived on 4 November.
Sea Scout departed Gibraltar on 6 November for Portsmouth where she arrived on 10 November.

During her 18 months of commission HMS Sea Scout had completed 6 war patrols (7 if you count the passage Fremantle-Subic Bay as a war patrol). She had spent 332 days at sea and steamed over 54000 miles.

HMS Sea Scout was placed in reserve on 5 December 1945.

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