Allied Warships

HMS Totem (P 352)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 352 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) 
Ordered30 May 1942 
Laid down22 Oct 1942 
Launched28 Sep 1943 
Commissioned9 Jan 1945 
End service 
History

Sold to Israel in 1964, refitted during 1965-1966, renamed Dakar. Lost in the Mediterranean while on passage to Israel on 26 January 1968, all hands lost. Her wreck was discovered in 1999 between Crete and Cyprus.  

Commands listed for HMS Totem (P 352)

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1Lt. Michael Beauchamp St. John, DSC, RN23 Aug 19448 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Totem include:


The history of HMS Totem as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine.

This page was last updated in June 2016.

2 Jan 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from her builders yards, Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth, for Holy Loch. During the passage north she was escorted by HMS Cape Mariato (T/Lt. F. Bloor, RNVR). (1)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training on the Scottish West coast. (1)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (2)

25 Mar 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) left dock. (2)

1 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. Passage to Lerwick was made together with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN). For part of the way HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was also present. They were escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)

4 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (3)

8 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Norwegian coast, off the Kors Fjord near Bergen.

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


HMS Totem 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (4)

19 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (4)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Lerwick for Holy Loch. (3)

24 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (3)

28 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (3)

30 Apr 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) left dock. (3)

6 May 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This is the first leg of the trip to the Far East.

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


HMS Totem passage Holy Loch - Fremantle click here for bigger map (5)

15 May 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) makes a short call at Gibraltar. She departed for Malta after a few hours. (5)

19 May 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Malta. (5)

28 May 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is docked at Malta. (5)

1 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) left dock. (6)

8 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is docked again at Malta. (6)

13 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) left dock. (6)

15 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Malta for Port Said. (6)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Port Said. (6)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Port Said, transits the Suez Canal, and sets course towards Aden. (6)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Aden. After a few hours she departed from for Trincomalee. (6)

5 Jul 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (7)

13 Jul 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Trincomalee for Fremantle. (7)

26 Jul 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Fremantle. (7)

1 Aug 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is put on the slip at Fremantle. (8)

3 Aug 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) is put back in the water. (8)

13 Aug 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She is to patrol in the Java Sea.

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


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

15 Aug 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) was ordered to return to Fremantle. (Signal was received at 2330 hours). (8)

18 Aug 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) returns to Fremantle. (8)

7 Sep 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Fremantle to visit ports in Southern Australia. The ship will be open to visitors during this goodwill tour. (9)

13 Sep 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) arrived at Geelong. (9)

17 Sep 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) moves from Geelong to Melbourne. (9)

24 Sep 1945
HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) departed from Melbourne to return to Fremantle. (9)

Media links


The T-class Submarine

Kemp, Paul J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19948
  2. ADM 173/19950
  3. ADM 173/19951
  4. ADM 199/1845
  5. ADM 173/19952
  6. ADM 173/19953
  7. ADM 173/19954
  8. ADM 173/19955
  9. ADM 173/19956

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


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