Allied Warships

FFL Morse (P 87)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Free French Navy
PennantP 87 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered21 May 1942 
Laid down13 Aug 1943 
Launched19 Aug 1944 
Commissioned1 Dec 1944 
End service17 Sep 1946 

HMS Vortex was transferred to the Free French Navy upon completion on 1 December 1944. She was renamed Morse. Morse was returned to the Royal Navy on 17 September 1946. In 1947 she was loaned to the Danish Navy as Saelen. Saelen was returned to the Royal Navy on 16 January 1958. Scrapped at Faslane in August 1958.

Former nameHMS Vortex

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Notable events involving Morse include:

3 Jan 1945
HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with Morse (Lt. O. Chauveau) and HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). These included night exercises. (1)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Taurus (A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage south together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) and the French submarine Morse (Lt. O. Chauveau). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (2)

21 Apr 1945
HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) and the French submarine Morse (Lt. O. Chauveau) departed the Clyde for Gibraltar. They joined convoy OS 124 / KMS 98 for the passage. HMS Spearhead was to proceed to the Far East.

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

HMS Spearhead passage Clyde - Subic Bay click here for bigger map (3)


  1. ADM 173/20344
  2. ADM 173/19865 + ADM 173/20281
  3. ADM 173/19691

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

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