Allied Warships

HMS Turpin (P 354)

Submarine of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassT 
PennantP 354 
ModThird Group 
Built byChatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.) 
Ordered30 May 1942 
Laid down24 May 1943 
Launched5 Aug 1943 
Commissioned18 Dec 1944 
End service 
History

Transferred to Israeli Navy in 1965, renamed Leviathan. Scrapped in 1978.  

Commands listed for HMS Turpin (P 354)

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1Lt. John Samuel Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN11 Sep 19444 May 1946

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

This page was last updated in December 2018.

29 Nov 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) shifted from the Chatham Dockyard to Sheerness. (1)

30 Nov 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted trials off Sheerness. (1)

7 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR) both departed Sheerness for Dundee. They were escorted by HMS Clematis (T/Lt. R.H. Farrands, DSC, RNR). (2)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Dundee. She departed for Scapa Flow after only a few hours. She made the passage together with HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR). (2)

10 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow. (2)

12 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Unruly (T/Lt. D.J. Palmer, RNVR). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (2)

14 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch for a period of training off the West coast of Scotland. (2)

16 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area. (2)

18 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted speed trials on the Arran measured mile. (2)

20 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

21 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

22 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (2)

23 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Arrochar where she was to conduct her torpedo discharge trials. (2)

24 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (2)

27 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (2)

29 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (2)

31 Dec 1944
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (2)

1 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (3)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (3)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (3)

5 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (3)

6 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. (3)

7 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Arrochar. Upon completion HMS Turpin proceeded to Holy Loch. (3)

11 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (3)

12 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

14 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted radar exercises off Campbeltown. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Campbeltown. (3)

15 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) shifted from Campbeltown to Holy Loch. (3)

18 Jan 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

20 Jan 1945
While both conducting attack exercises off Inchmarnock on HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR), at 1452 hours (time zone -1) HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) collide with each other. Both submarines were at periscope depth and both submarines sustained damage. (3)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch in AFD 7. (4)

7 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left dock. (4)

8 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (4)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (4)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

11 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR) served as the target. (4)

12 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

14 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

15 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) served as the target. (4)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) shifted from Holy Loch to Rothesay. (4)

18 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Loch Alsh. (4)

19 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Loch Alsh. (4)

22 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Loch Alsh. (4)

24 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (4)

26 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (4)

27 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (4)

28 Feb 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (4)

1 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (5)

2 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (5)

3 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (5)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (5)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Loch Alsh. (5)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Loch Alsh for Holy Loch. (5)

8 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch from Loch Alsh. (5)

10 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (5)

11 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (5)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (5)

13 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. (5)

15 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (5)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted log trials in Loch Long. (5)

25 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (5)

26 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) returned to Holy Loch on completion of last night's exercises. Later the same day departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. (5)

28 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Lerwick. (5)

30 Mar 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the Kors Fjord near Bergen, Norway.

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

(6)

6 Apr 1945
At 2200 hours (time zone -2) sighted were taken aboard HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). It has not been possible to take sights for several days due to fog. Turpin is 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 is made with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) in which patrol area Turpin now actually is.

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

10 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. (6)

14 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) depart from Lerwick for Holy Loch. (7)

17 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. (7)

18 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is docked at Holy Loch in AFD 7. (7)

19 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left dock. (7)

20 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Plymouth. She is to undergo modifications at the Devonport Dockyard before her deployment to the Far East. Also defects had to be made good. (7)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at the Devonport Dockyard. (7)

9 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) conducted full power trials and exercises off Plymouth. (8)

12 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth for Gibraltar.

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

(8)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (8)

17 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Gibraltar for Malta. (8)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Malta. (8)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Malta for Port Said. (8)

30 Jun 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said. (8)

4 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Port Said for Aden. (9)

9 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Aden. (9)

10 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Aden for Fremantle. (9)

31 Jul 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Fremantle. (9)

5 Aug 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is put on the slipway at Fremantle. (10)

7 Aug 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) is put back in the water. (10)

5 Sep 1945
HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed from Fremantle to visit Melbourne. The ship will be open to visitors during this goodwill tour. (11)

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The T-class Submarine

Kemp, Paul J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19155
  2. ADM 173/19156
  3. ADM 173/20062
  4. ADM 173/20063
  5. ADM 173/20064
  6. ADM 199/1845
  7. ADM 173/20065
  8. ADM 173/20067
  9. ADM 173/20068
  10. ADM 173/20069
  11. ADM 173/20070

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


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