HMS L 23 (N 23)
Submarine of the L class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Laid down||29 Aug 1917|
|Launched||1 Jul 1919|
|Commissioned||5 Aug 1924|
Completed at Chatham Dockyard (Chatham, U.K.).
Sold to be broken up for scrap in 1946. Foundered off Nova Scotia in May 1946 while on the way to the shipbreakers.
Commands listed for HMS L 23 (N 23)
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|1||Lt. Francis John Brooks, RN||24 Jul 1939||26 Mar 1940|
|2||Lt. Charles Gordon Walker, RN||26 Mar 1940||14 Jul 1940|
|3||Lt. Robert Malcolm Galloway, RN||14 Jul 1940||26 Aug 1940|
|4||Lt. Michael Lindsay Coulton Crawford, RN||26 Aug 1940||Dec 1940|
|5||Lt. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNR||Dec 1940||23 Apr 1941|
|6||Lt. Thomas Noel Catlow, RN||23 Apr 1941||13 Aug 1941|
|7||Lt. Thomas Erasmus Barlow, RN||13 Aug 1941||10 Jan 1942|
|8||Lt. Robert Julian Clutterbuck, RN||10 Jan 1942||5 Mar 1942|
|9||Lt. Michael Geoffrey Rawson Lumby, RN||5 Mar 1942||20 Apr 1942|
|10||Lt. Ernest John Donaldson Turner, DSC, RN||20 Apr 1942||22 Jun 1942|
|11||Lt. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNR||22 Jun 1942||22 Jun 1942|
|12||Lt. Richard Molyneux Favell, RN||22 Jun 1942||26 Jun 1942|
|13||Lt. Leslie Frederick Lewis Hill, RNR||26 Jun 1942||27 Jul 1942|
|14||Lt. John Stirling Bridger, RN||27 Jul 1942||19 Nov 1942|
|15||Lt. Robert Boyd, DSC, RN||19 Nov 1942||28 Nov 1942|
|16||Lt. John Stirling Bridger, RN||28 Nov 1942||1 Dec 1942|
|17||Lt. Arthur Anthony Duff, RN||1 Dec 1942||22 Dec 1942|
|18||Lt. Alan Hamilton Barnett Anderson, DSC, RNR||22 Dec 1942||May 1943|
|19||Lt. Huston Roe Murray, RN||May 1943||Feb 44 ?|
|20||Lt. Hugh Seaburne May, RN||Feb 44 ?||Dec 1944|
|21||Lt. Richard Thomas Sallis, DSC, RN||Dec 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving L 23 include:
21 Aug 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made (part of) the passage together with HMS L 23 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) (proceeding to Stornoway) and FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot) (proceeding to Dundee). They were escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr. (retired) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)
22 Feb 1943
While serving as A/S training target ship on Canada's east coast, HMS L 23 was sent to Philadelphia, USA for a refit.
26 Sep 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) arrived at New London, Connecticut, USA from New York, USA.
8 Oct 1943
HMS L 23 (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) departed New London, Connecticut, USA for Digby, Canada. She was escorted by HMCS Hamilton (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR).
- ADM 199/400
- ADM 199/1834
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.