Allied Warships

HMS Artemis (P 449)

Submarine of the A class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 449 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered7 Apr 1943 
Laid down28 Feb 1944 
Launched26 Aug 1946 
Commissioned15 Aug 1947 
Lost1 Jul 1971 

On 1 July 1971 Artemis sank in 9 metres of water while moored alongside HMS Dolphin at Gosport submarine base while refueling. Due to unspecified causes, the sub dipped by the bow and cabling which was encumbering the forward hatch prevented it from being closed. The bow filled and the sub went to the bottom.
Raised 6 July and decommissioned, sold to be broken up for scrap on 12 December 1971. Scrapped at Portsmouth in 1972.


We don't have any commands listed for HMS Artemis (P 449)

You can help improve this page
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving Artemis include:

An unidentified stoker attempted sabotaging the sub by placing a signal grenade inside the engine.

21 Jan 1956
Was in collision with a motor trawler in the Channel off the Isle of Wight while on exercises. Artemis sustained no damage and carried on.

While on loan to Canada, caused major concern when she failed to surface in response to signals during manoeuvres, 700 nm off New York.
Canadian planes and ships started a frantic search, but Artemis surfaced safely an hour and a half later.

Return to the Allied Warships section