Allied Warships

HMS Tarpon (N 17)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantN 17 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Jul 1937 
Laid down5 Oct 1937 
Launched17 Oct 1939 
Commissioned8 Mar 1940 
Lost10 Apr 1940 
Loss position56° 43'N, 6° 33'E
History

HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. Herbert James Caldwell, RN) left Portsmouth for Rosyth on 5 April 1940. She was diverted to patrol around Norway on 6th.

Most likely sunk around 0600 hours on 10 April 1940 by the German 'Q-ship' Schiff 40 / Schürbek west of Jutland, Denmark in position 56º43'N, 06º33'5"E. Reported overdue on 22 April 1940.

Tarpon attacked the German vessel with two torpedoes. Both missed and Tarpon was most likely sunk by depth charges in the counter attack.

 

Commands listed for HMS Tarpon (N 17)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Robert Cecil Somers Garwood, RN30 Sep 193810 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Charles Bate Limpright Wren, RNR10 Jan 194012 Mar 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Herbert James Caldwell, RN12 Mar 1940Apr 1940

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Notable events involving Tarpon include:


20 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) arrived at Portsmouth from the Clyde.

26 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland where she arrived later the same day.

3 Apr 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth where she arrived later the same day.

5 Apr 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portsmouth bound for Rosyth. En-route she was diverted to patrol off Jutland.

Media links


The T-class Submarine

Kemp, Paul J.


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