George Stevenson Salt, RN

Born  16 Jan 1908
Died  15 Oct 1940(32)HMS Triad

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1 Sep 1928 A/S.Lt.
16 May 1929 S.Lt.
16 Sep 1931 Lt.
16 Sep 1939 Lt.Cdr.


Warship Commands listed for George Stevenson Salt, RN

HMS Triad (N 53)Lt.Cdr.Submarine15 Aug 194015 Oct 1940 (+)

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Submarine HMS Triad (N 53)

18 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) is undocked. (1)

23 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) proceeds from Dundee to Rosyth. At Rosyth she is immediately docked in a floating dock. (1)

24 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) is undocked. (1)

28 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (1)

29 Aug 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) departed from Rosyth for Gibraltar. Passage from Rosyth to the Scillies was made together with HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS White Bear (Capt. R. Gill, RNR) until 1930/31 when HMS Arab (Lt. R.B. Stannard, RNR) took over escort duties until 0900/2.

As no log is available for this period it is not possible to display Triad's daily positions (on a map). (2)

6 Sep 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (2)

11 Sep 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) departed from Gibraltar for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea to the South of 39°30'N.

The is no patrol report or log available for this patrol. The exploits of Triad during this patrol are thus unknown to us. (3)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Malta. (4)

9 Oct 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN) departed from Malta for her 13th war patrol.

Triad has been assigned an initial position of 38°36'N, 17°02'E and from there in a rectangle area of 30 x 40 nautical miles delimited approximately by:
(1) 38°24'N, 16°51'E,
(2) 38°48'N, 17°13'E,
(3) 38°25'N, 17°55'E,
(4) 38°01'N, 17°32'E.

Triad was due to arrive at Alexandria at sunset of 20 October 1940. Therefore she had to leave her patrol area late on 14 October.

For the patrol area of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below. Also plotted on this map are two position of attacks by Italian submarines.


14 Oct 1940 (position 37.46, 17.35)
0014 hours the Italian submarine Santorre di Santarosa(*) (Capitano di Corvetta Guido Coscia) which has sailed from Messina for a patrol off Crete, sights a submarine at short range, one torpedo is fired but misses. The enemy submarine replies with one torpedo which also misses the Italian submarine on the port side (position: 37°46'N, 17°35'E). This is about 15 miles outside HMS Triad's patrol area but it is not impossible that she was the submarine involved.

(*) To my knowledge, no one has ever made the connection of this attack with HMS Triad (Platon Alexiades).


  1. ADM 173/16617
  2. ADM 199/1847
  3. ADM 199/1925
  4. ADM 199/2572
  5. ADM 199/1115

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

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