Allied Warships

HMS Clyde (N 12)

Submarine of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantN 12 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Dec 1932 
Laid down15 May 1933 
Launched15 Mar 1934 
Commissioned12 Apr 1935 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 30 July 1946. Scrapped at Durban, South Africa.


Commands listed for HMS Clyde (N 12)

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1Cdr. William Eric Banks, RN21 Feb 19383 Feb 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Richard Lindsay Stephen Gaisford, RN3 Feb 194018 Apr 1940
3Lt.Cdr. David Caldicott Ingram, RN18 Apr 19401 May 1942
4Lt. Russell Stanhope Brookes, DSC, RN1 May 19429 Sep 1944
5Lt. Raymond Henry Bull, DSC, RN9 Sep 194424 May 1945
6Lt. David Sivewright Brown, RNVR24 May 194519 Jul 1945

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31 Aug 1939

HMS Clyde (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN) and HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN) both departed Gibraltar for Freetown where they were to join the South Atlantic Command for convoy defence duties. (1)

7 Sep 1939
HMS Clyde (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN) arrived at Freetown.

13 May 1940
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) attacked the German armed merchant cruiser Widder with gunfire off Stadlandet, Norway in position 62°46'N, 03°57'E.

At 1302 hours Clyde sighted what was thought to be a German transport ship to the south. Clyde chased the German ship that fled towards the shore. At 1315 hours fire was opened at maximum range. At 1345 hours visibility was decreasing due to the rain. Also the transport opened fire on Clyde with two guns. At 1409 hours the target was obscured by rain and cease fire was ordered. Lt.Cdr. Ingram had to break off the action.

20 Jun 1940
While on patrol off Trondheim, Norway, in position 64°43'N, 09°53'E HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) hit the German battleship Gneisenau in the bow with one torpedo. Gneisenau had to return to Trondheim for emergency repairs.

At 2209 hours Clyde sighted Scharnhorst and Gneisenau escorted by a destroyer to the south-east at a distance of about 3 nautical miles. An attack was commenced. At 2232 hours a full bow salvo of six torpedoes was fired from 4000 yards. About three minutes later one explosion was heard. Clyde now went deep. At 2242 hours one pattern of eight depth charges was dropped rather close. Clyde made off at dead slow speed to the westward.

16 Jul 1940
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) sank the Norwegian fishing vessel SF 52 (15 GRT) through ramming east of Alesund, Norway in position 62°19'N, 04°19'E.

At 2230 hours a small fishing vessel was sighted and closed. Clyde was put alongside. The fishing vessel had a crew of four and were brought on board Clyde for interrogation. The fishing vessel was fitted for trawling but no trawl could be seen. The only fishing gear on board was a number of fish baskets. Also the hold was empty. Cdr. Ingram thought this to be suspicious and decided to sink the vessel and hold the crew on board.

22 Jul 1940
West of Bergen, Norway HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) fires 6 torpedoes at what is thought to be and enemy submarine. Luckily the torpedoes missed their target as they we aimed against HMS Truant.

17 Oct 1940
At 07.55 hours HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, RN) sighted U-124 in the North Atlantic in position 56°32'N, 22°00'W. The U-boat immediately dived as they assumed the vessel to be a destroyer and did not notice that the submarine fired three torpedoes by ASDIC at 08.06 hours.

1 Jun 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSO, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant San Marco (3076 GRT) about 5 nautical miles east of Cape Carbonara, Sardinia, Italy.

8 Jun 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSO, RN) sank the Italian merchant Sturla (1195 GRT) with gunfire in the Golfo di Policastro about 5 nautical miles from Maratea.

14 Jun 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSO, RN) sank the Italian sailing vessel / auxiliary patrol vessel V 125 / Giovanni Bottigliere (331 GRT) with gunfire about 20 nautical miles south of Spartivento Sardo, Sardinia, Italy.

28 Sep 1941
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSO, RN) unsuccessfully attacks German U-boat U-67 in Tarafal Bay, Cape Verde Islands.

12 Jan 1942
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with ML 126, ML 176 and ML 224.

Following these exercises she carried out attack exercises on HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN). She also returned the favour and served as target for HMS Clyde during her attack exercises. (2)

2 Feb 1942
At 0351 hours (zone +2), HMS Regent (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) was attacked by HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN). Regent failed to identify herself and when she was finally recognised on board HMS Clyde she was warned that two torpedoes were on their way towards her and she was able to evade them. (3)

29 Nov 1942
The Italian blockade breaker Cortellazzo had departed Bordeaux bound for Japan on 29 November 1942. The next day the ship was spotted by a Sunderland flying boat. The British submarines HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN), HMS Clyde (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), and HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), were ordered to intercept but failed to do so. (4)

3 Sep 1943
With her refit completed, HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN), arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

24 Sep 1943
HMS Clyde (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Portsmouth, England, U.K.

2 Mar 1945
HMS Clyde (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with scuttling charges of the west coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

4 Mar 1945
HMS Clyde (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Kiku Maru (233 GRT) with gunfire off the west coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies in position 04°08'N, 96°07'E.

15 May 1945
HMS Clyde (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire of the west coast of Siam.


  1. ADM 173/16078
  2. ADM 173/17567
  3. ADM 199/1833
  4. ADM 199/1835

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

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