HMS Amphion

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Anchorite

Original Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs of Barrow-in-Furness

Original Yard No: 911

Official Number:

Vessel Type: submarine

GRT: 1120

Year Built: 1947

Arrival Date: 23/08/1970

Breakup Started: 07/12/1970

Date First Beached: 25/03/1971

Date Breakup Completed: 14/09/1971

Draught For’d: 16' 4"

Draught Aft: 16' 4"

Name Changes:

 

Laid down as HMSS AMPHION

Launched as HMSS ANCHORITE

Other Information:

Amphion-Class submarine            Pennant No. P-422

 

19-07-1945  :  Laid Down

22-01-1946  :  Launched

18-11-1947  :  Completed

 

Tonnages :        1,120 GRT         1,620 DWT

 

Dimensions  :     89.46 metres  x  6.81 metres  x  5.51 metres

 

Propulsion  :  Two diesel engines of 2,150 HP driving twin screws to deliver a crusing surface speed of 18.6 knots

 

Test Depth  :  350 feet  (110 metres)

 

Range :  10,500 nautical miles at a mean speed of 11 knots

 

Complement  :  Total complement = 60        Comprising 5 Officers + 55 Enlisted 

 

13-10-1956  :  Aground in Rothesay Bay – freed off after two days

03-10-1960  :  Struck an uncharted rock in the Gulf of Auraki, New Zealand, since known as the Anchorite Rock

 

In 1960, HMSS Anchotire was the first Royal Navy submarine to visit Tonga since the ennd of WWII