H 32

Vessel name on Arrival: H 32

Original Builder: Vickers Limited of Barrow-in-Furness

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Vessel Type: submarine

GRT: 430

Year Built: 1919

Arrival Date: 17/10/1944

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 H-Class Submarine for the Roayl Navy

Displacement  :  430 tons surfaced / 518 tons submerged
Dimensions  :  171' 0"  x  15' 4"    (52.12 m  x  4.67 m)
Propulsion  :  2 x 480 HP 8-Cyl 4-strole S.A. Diesel Engines + 2 x 620 HP Electric Motors (Twin-Screw)
Speed  :  11.5 knots – surfaced  and  9.0 knots – submerged
Range  :  2,986 nm surfaced at 7.5 knots, and 130 nm submerged at 2.0 knots
Complement  :  22 men
Armaments  :  4 x 21 inch torpedo bow tubes + 8 Nos. x 21 inch torpedoes


Two highly distinguished submariners served on H 32 in their earlier years, Peter Scawen Watkinson Roberts and the better-known submarine ace Malcolm David Wanklyn, both who would go on to be awarded the Victoria Cross and other decorations for their contribution and sacrifices.

Initially assiged as Tender to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Maidstone, then assigned to the 5th Flotilla at Gosport throughout the 1920s and 1930s, then attached to the Training Flotilla at Rothesay, Isle of Bute. 


This was the first British submarine to be fitted out with the new A.S.D.I.C. underwater sensor system (Anti Submarine Detector Investigation Committee)