Allied Warships

HMS Vigorous (P 74)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 74 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down14 Dec 1942 
Launched15 Oct 1943 
Commissioned13 Jan 1944 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 December 1949. Scrapped at Stockton on Tees.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vigorous (P 74)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Chaloner Ogle, DSC, RN8 Oct 194328 Mar 1945
2Lt. David Sivewright Brown, RNVR28 Mar 194520 Apr 1945
3Lt. Norman Richard Wood, RN21 Apr 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Vigorous include:


23 Feb 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. Off Scapa Flow she was joined by HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) and FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). They were escorted by HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).

18 Apr 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark. (1)

18 May 1944
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. This was the first leg of her passage to the Far East.

The passage South through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN). They were escorted until Round Island by the Free French corvette FFS Commandant d'Estienne d'Orves.

Statesman carried out a short patrol off North-West Spain making this passage her 2nd war patrol.

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


HMS Statesman 2nd war patrol click here for bigger map (2)

27 Jul 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Doxa with gunfire 18 miles south of Milos Island, Greece.

3 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) claims the sinking of two sailing vessels off Paximadia Island, Greece.

24 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) claims the sinking of a sailing vessel south-east of Cape Drepano, Sithonia Peninsula, Greece.

26 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Salomea (751 BRT, former Greek Evangelos Nomikos) off Kassandra, Greece.

27 Sep 1944
HMS Vigorous (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German landing craft SF 299. SF 121 was damaged.

16 Jul 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) damaged a Japanese coaster with gunfire off north-west Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.

At 1228 hours (time zone -6.5) Vigorous surfaced and opened fire with the deck gun at a beached coaster. 43 rounds were fired with 25 hits. 7 minutes after surfacing Vigorous dived again.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18818
  2. ADM 173/18819

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


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