Allied Warships

HMS Ultor (P 53)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 53 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Aug 1940 
Laid down30 Dec 1941 
Launched12 Oct 1942 
Commissioned31 Dec 1942 
End service14 Aug 1945 
History

Decommissioned at Gosport on 14 August 1945 and joined reserve group C.

Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales on 22 January 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Ultor (P 53)

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1Lt. George Edward Hunt, DSC, RNLate 194225 Oct 1944
2Lt. John Peter Harvey, RN25 Oct 194425 May 1945
3Lt. Michael Robert Russell Kirkwood, RN25 May 194514 Jun 1945
4Lt. John Peter Harvey, RN14 Jun 194514 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Ultor include:


12 Apr 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) fires three torpedoes against the French (German controlled) merchant Cond? (7200 GRT) and the German merchant Nicoline Maersk (4194 GRT, former Danish) about 8 nautical miles east of Cap Camarat in position 43°13'N, 06°52'E. All torpedoes fired missed their targets.

14 Apr 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the French Penerf (2151 GRT) off Nizza, southern France in position 43°32'N, 07°12'E.

15 Jun 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian auxiliary minesweeper No.92/Tullio (137 GRT) off Cape Vaticano in position 38°25'N, 15°46'5E.

At 1220 hours (time zone -2) smoke was sighted to the north.

At 1242 hours an attack was commenced on a vessel escorted by 'a destroyer' that was joined by another 'destroyer' at 1300 hours.

At 1340 hours three torpedoes were fired from 1000 yards and 50 seconds later one torpedo hit abreast the bridge and the vessel sank immediately.

At 1347 hours one of the escorts dropped a depth charge but it was not close.

8 Jul 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Valfiorita (6200 GRT, built 1942) off Rasocomolo, Sicily, Italy in position 38°18'5"N, 15°24'E.

At 2229 hours (time zone -2) a large merchant ship escorted by a destroyer was sighted at a range of 8000 yards. Lt. Hunt altered course to attack.

At 2244 hours four torpedoes were fired at the 5000/6000 ton merchant vessel from 1600 yards. Three torpedoes are thought to have hit the target. After firing the first torpedo Ultor began to dive.

At 2256 hours the first depth charges were dropped. For over an hour more than 30 depth charges were dropped but none were close.

28 Aug 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) sank the Italian torpedo boat Lince (670 tons) off Punta Alice, Italy in position 39°24'N, 17°09'E.

24 Sep 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German (former French) tanker Champagne (9946 GRT) 11 nautical miles east of Bastia, Corsica, France. The damaged tanker is beached and torpedoed again on the 27th by HMS Uproar

19 Oct 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Aversa (3723 GRT, former Greek Kakoulima) off Rapallo, Italy.

8 Feb 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) fires 4 torpedoes against the German auxiliary minelayer Niedersachsen (1794 GRT, former French Guyana) off St. Raphael, southern France. All torpedoes missed their target.

15 Feb 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) sank the German sailing vessel Paule (27 GRT, former French) with gunfire off Hyeres, southern France.

3 Apr 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) claims the destruction of four sailing vessels off Kythira Island, Greece.

4 Apr 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) claims the destruction of a sailing vessel with gunfire in the Aegean north-east of Monemvasia, Greece in position 36°49'N, 23°17'E.

6 Apr 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) claims the destruction of three sailing vessels in the Aegean east of Paralia, Greece.

7 Apr 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the Greek sailing vessel (in German service) Agios Dionyssios / My 212 (200 GRT) off Monemvassia, Greece in position 36°40'N, 23°02'E.

15 May 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) attacked and damaged a French fishing vessel with gunfire off Cape Camarat, southern France.

30 May 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) fires 4 torpedoes at the German net layer NT 38 4 nautical miles of Cap Camarat in position 43°10'N, 06°41'E, southern France. The torpedoes however miss the target. She does sink the German auxiliary patrol vessel Vinotra III.

31 May 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) sank the German guard vessel FCi 01 (45 GRT) with gunfire off Cassis, southern France.

2 Jun 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) sank the German patrol vessel SG-11 (former French Alice Robert) (2588 GRT, built 1934) north of Port Vendres, southern France in position 42°30'N, 03°07'E.

20 Jun 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the German tug Cebre south of Cannes, southern France in position 43°30'N, 07°20'E.

27 Jun 1944
While on patrol off Nizza, southern France HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Felix 1 (3316 GRT, former French Cap Blanc, built 1932) at 0504 hours in position 43°38'N, 07°19'E and the German tanker Tempo 3 (5259 GRT, former French Pallas, built 1925) at 0831 hours in position 43°38'N, 07°17'E.

At 0415 hours (time zone -2), when about to dive for the day, A/S impulses were picked up bearing 260°, Lt. Hunt decided to stay up as long as possible in order to identify the vessel responsible for this. At 0421 there was still nothing in sight but Lt Hunt had to dive as the horizon behind Ultor began lightening up. Ultor dived in position 43°37'N, 07°20'E.

At 0426 hours a dark shape was sighted through the periscope but it was far too dark to identify anything. Also at this time H.E. was picked up. At 0438 hours Lt. Hunt was able to identify several shapes and one larger vessel. Lt. Hunt closed to attack.

At 0455 hours the vessels became clearer every minute. The convoy was seen to consist of a 3000 ton motor vessel with a corvette ahead, a destroyer on the starboard beam (Ultor's attacking side) and one destroyer on each quarter. At 0500 hours Ultor passed ahead and inside of the destroyer on the targets starboard beam.

At 0504 hours four torpedoes from a range of 1000 yards were fired against the merchant in position 43°38'N, 07°19'E. Two torpedoes were heard to hit followed one minute later by a terrific explosion and continuous loud rumbling and breaking up noises. It leaves little doubt that the target was sinking.

At 0514 hours the first pattern of depth charges was dropped by one of the escorts but it was not close. Over a period of over half an hour 10 more single depth charges were dropped. At 0610 hours, as Lt. Hunt got the impression he had drawn clear to the southward he came to periscope depth and saw that the four escorts were now joined by four 'R' boats. Ultor retreated to the south-west.

At 0655 hours a large tanker was sighted to the south-west. A 'crash load' of Ultors last two torpedoes was commenced. The masts and upper works of several other vessels also became visible. Ultor turned to the northward to intercept the tanker that was heading for Nice. This also provided time to reload the torpedo tubes.

The escort was seen to consist of a corvette, a destroyer, a large UJ boat and two 'R' boats. At 0745 hours it was noticed that the four escorts of the ship attacked and sunk before had joined the escort of this tanker. Also five aircraft were circling overhead. At 0800 hours Ultor began manoeuvring to get inside the screen to fire its last two torpedoes from close range.

At 0815 hours Ultor slipped through the escort screen and it was noticed that the tanker of 7000 tons was under tow by two large tugs.

At 0831 hours Ultor fired two torpedoes from 1500 yards against the tanker in position 43°38'N, 07°17'E. Both torpedoes were heard to hit as Ultor tried to slip away.

At 0839 hours the first pattern of depth charges was dropped but these were not very close. During the next half hour 36 depth charges were dropped single and in patterns but it became clear that Ultor was drawing clear so at 0922 hours Lt. Hunt came to periscope depth. The target was seen laying stopped with her back broken. At 0930 hours the stern section of the target was seen to sink. The escorts were seen to have split up into groups and one group was spotted to be heading towards Ultor. At 1000 hours the remainder of the target sank. The escorts were still hunting and some were even to the seaward of Ultor.

Lt. Hunt went deep and headed for base. By 1030 a further 50 depth charges were dropped but none were very close. At 1108 hours the last depth charge was dropped and H.E. and A/S impulses began to draw astern. At 1200 hours Lt. Hunt came to periscope depth. The escorts were spotted hull down to the northward.

21 Jul 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2211/Hardy (916 GRT) 6 nautical miles west of Genoa, Italy.

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