Allied Warships

HMS Tapir (P 335)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 335 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) : John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Dec 1941 
Laid down29 Mar 1943 
Launched21 Aug 1944 
Commissioned30 Dec 1944 
End service 
History

Loaned to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 18 June 1948 and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy as Zeehond (offsite link) on 12 July 1948. Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 15 July 1953. Recommissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Tapir on 16 December 1953. Scrapped at Faslane in December 1966.  

Commands listed for HMS Tapir (P 335)

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1Lt. John Charles Young Roxburgh, DSO, DSC, RN4 Oct 194412 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Tapir include:


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

This page was last updated in June 2016.

28 Dec 1944
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (1)

29 Dec 1944
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of trials and training. (1)

23 Jan 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (2)

25 Jan 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) left dock. (2)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage north through the Minches together with a href=/allies/warships/ship/3455.html>HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) and the French submarine Morse (Lt. O. Chauveau). They were escorted by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (3)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow where she was to participate in A/S exercises. (3)

21 Feb 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch via Loch Cairnbawn. She was escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (4)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

1 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. Passage to Lerwick was made together with HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, 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). (5)

4 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (5)

5 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the Norwegian West coast, just North of Bergen.

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


HMS Tapir 1st war patrol click here for bigger map (6)

6 Apr 1945
At 2200 hours (time zone -2) sights were taken aboard HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). Turpin was to be on patrol to the South of Tapir. It has not been possible to take sights for several days due to fog. Turpin was found to be badly out of place. She is more than 20 nautical miles to the North of where she was supposed to patrol.

Shortly afterwards contact was made with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) in which patrol area Turpin now actually was.

Turpin then proceeded to her own patrol area of the Kors Fjord. (6)

12 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-486 was sunk in the North Sea north-west of Bergen, Norway, in position 60°44'N, 04°40'E by torpedoed from the British submarine HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN).

(All times are zone -2)
0730 hours - Strange HE was picked up on Asdic. This was thought to be a snorkelling u-boat.

0749 hours - A German U-boat was seen to surface in position 60°45'N, 04°40'E.

0753 hours - In position 60°44'N, 04°40'E fired 6 torpedoes (8 was intended) from 3200 yards. The 6th and 8th torpedo of the salvo failed to fire.

0755 hours - One hit was observed on the enemy submarine which blew up and was seen to disintegrate. A huge column of brown smoke arose to some 500 feet in the air. Breaking up noises were heard on the Asdic and after the smoke had cleared nothing more could be seen. (6)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (6)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). Off Scapa Flow they were joined by HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR). (5)

24 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (5)

30 Apr 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch. (5)

2 May 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked. (7)

6 May 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, 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 Tapir during this passage see the map below.


HMS Tapir passage Holy Loch (U.K.) - Fremantle (Australia) click here for bigger map (7)

15 May 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed from for Malta after a few hours. (7)

20 May 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (7)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Malta for Port Said. (8)

23 Jun 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Port Said. (8)

24 Jun 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Port Said, transits the Suez Canal and proceeds towards Aden. (8)

29 Jun 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Aden. (8)

2 Jul 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Aden for Trincomalee. (9)

13 Jul 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (9)

15 Jul 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) is docked at Trincomalee. (9)

17 Jul 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) is undocked. (9)

8 Aug 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. (10)

9 Aug 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) is put back in the water. (10)

5 Sep 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) departed from Fremantle to visit Portland. The ship will be open to visitors during this goodwill tour. (11)

Media links


The T-class Submarine

Kemp, Paul J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18963
  2. ADM 173/19851
  3. ADM 199/1444
  4. ADM 173/19852
  5. ADM 173/19854
  6. ADM 199/1845
  7. ADM 173/19855
  8. ADM 173/19856
  9. ADM 173/19857
  10. ADM 173/19858
  11. ADM 173/19859

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


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