Allied Warships

HMS Untamed (P 58)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
PennantP 58 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Davey Paxman & Ricardo 
Ordered12 Jul 1941 
Laid down9 Oct 1941 
Launched8 Dec 1942 
Commissioned14 Apr 1943 
End service 
History

HMS Untamed (Lt. Gordon Maurice Noll, RN) foundered in the Clyde during training with the 84th Escort Group on 30 May 1943. The entire crew was lost with the ship. She was salvaged in late June / early July 1943.

She was then refitted and renamed HMS Vitality. She was back in service by July 1944. She was decommissioned to reserve in August 1945. HMS Vitality was sold to be broken up for scrap on 13 February 1946 and was scrapped at Troon.

 

Commands listed for HMS Untamed (P 58)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Gordon Maurice Noll, RN1 Feb 194330 May 1943

2Lt. Kenneth Steele Renshaw, DSC, RNRMar 194413 Feb 1945
3Lt. William Thomas John Fox, RN13 Feb 19457 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Untamed include:


The history of HMS Untamed / HMS Vitality as compiled on this page is extracted from HMS Untamed / HMS Vitality patrol reports and logbooks.

This page was last updated in November 2014.

29 Mar 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed the Tyne for Blyth where she arrived later the same day. (1)

2 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (2)

4 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (2)

8 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted exercises off Blyth. (2)

10 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. (2)

13 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (2)

14 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted her acceptance trials and was then officially commissioned into the Royal Navy. She then started a training period.

26 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed Holy Loch for Londonderry (Lough Foyle). (2)

27 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) arrived at Londonderry (Lough Foyle) to participate in A/S exercises. (2)

29 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed Londonderry (Lough Foyle) for Campbeltown to participate in A/S exercises from that port. (2)

29 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) departed Londonderry (Lough Foyle) for Campbeltown to participate in A/S exercises from that port. (2)

30 Apr 1943
HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) returned to Holy Loch. Later she spent a few days at Larne before returning to Holy Loch on 24 May 1943. (2)

30 May 1943
Upon completion of an A/S exercise off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(retired) H. Buckle, RN), HMS Untamed (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) failed to surface. She had failed to respond to charges fired by HMS Shemara since 1501 hours.

At 1600 hours HMS Shemara made a signal reporting the situation. The exercise was due to end at 1700 hours but Untamed failed to surface. Shemare meanwhile had heard the sounds of her engines being run and tanks being blown.

At 1745 hours HMS Shemara reported she had obtained a contact with her Asdic on Untamed laying on the bottom.

Salvage / diving vessel HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(retired) G.H. Warren, RN) was ordered to the scene but when she arrived divers could not be sent down due to the tide.

The next day diving operations were not possible due to the bad weather.

On 1 June it was decided that there was no hope for any survivors. Divers were able to go down this day and found Untamed upright on the seabed.

On 5 June it was reported that divers had found both escape hatches shut but that the after one was not secured. When they opened the outer hatch the body of the Chief Engine-room Artificer was found. His body was landed at Campbeltown.

In late June HMS Untamed was salvaged.

During 16/17 July 1943 HMS Untamed was towed from Campbeltown to Barrow for reconditioning.

The cause of the accident was that the forward part of the submarine had been flooded through a sluice valve of the ships logs being installed incorrectly. Untamed was therefore not able to surface. An attempt was made to escape from the engine room but this attempt failed due to yet another incorrectly installed valve. (3)

19 Jul 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (4)

20 Jul 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training. (4)

12 Oct 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the North Sea on an anti-uboat patrol. This was a work-up patrol.

Passage north through the Minches was made together with HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) and HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR).

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

(5)

29 Oct 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. The patrol had been uneventful. (5)

31 Oct 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Selene (Lt.Cdr. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) and HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (A/Lt.Cdr. T.A. Easton, RNVR). (6)

2 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch.

Vitality was now assigned to training duties for which she joined the 7th Submarine Flotilla. (7)

11 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) was docked at Holy Loch. (7)

13 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) was undocked. (7)

5 May 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) was docked at Holy Loch. (8)

7 May 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) was undocked. (8)

29 Jul 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. (9)

1 Aug 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (10)

7 Aug 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) was placed in reserve. (10)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18432`
  2. ADM 173/18433
  3. ADM 199/627
  4. ADM 173/19419
  5. ADM 199/1816
  6. ADM 173/19422
  7. ADM 173/19423
  8. ADM 173/20319
  9. ADM 173/20321
  10. ADM 173/20322

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


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