HMS Sibyl

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Sibyl

Original Builder: Cammell Laird & Company Limited of Birkenhead

Original Yard No: 1062

Official Number:

Vessel Type: submarine

GRT: 715

Year Built: 1941

Arrival Date: 12/03/1948

Breakup Started: 07/04/1948

Date First Beached: 02/10/1948

Date Breakup Completed: 12/11/1948

Draught For’d: 14' 6"

Draught Aft: 14' 6"

Name Changes:

Launched as P-217   –    Named HMS Sibyl after launching

Other Information:

HMS SIBYL   P-217     :     'S'-Class submarine for the Royal Navy out of Cammell Laird of Birkenhead

 

31-12-1940  :  Laid Down

29-04-1942  :  Launched

16-08-1942  :  Completed

 

Displacement Tonnage  :  Surfaced = 714 – 872 tons          Submerged = 990 tons

 

Dimensions :  66.1 mts  x  7.13 mts  x  3.40 mts

 

Propulsion  :  2 x Diesel Engines + 2 x Motors

Speed  :   14.75 knots (surfaced)       8.00 knots (submerged)

 

Complement  :  48 Officers & Ratings

 

Armaments  : 

6 x For'd 21" torprdp tubes

1 x Aft 21" torpedo tube

13 x 21" torpedoes

1 x 3 inch deck gun

1 x 20mm cannon

3 x .303 machine guns

 

THE WARTIME CAREER OF HMS SIBYL

14 Mar 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Pegli (1595 GRT) 6 nautical miles bearing 270 of Cape Gallo, Sicily, Italy

11 Apr 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoed against the Italian merchant Fabriano (2943 GRT, former French Mayenne) about 10 nautical miles north-north-west of Punta Raisi, Sicily, Italy.  All torpedoed fired missed their target.

22 Sep 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) fires four torpedoes against 'what is identified as' a merchant of about 1500 GRT in a German convoy some 5 nautical miles south of Sestri Levante, Liguria, Italy in position 44°11'N, 09°24'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target.

23 Sep 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the French (in German service) merchant St. Nazaire (2910 GRT) about 8 nautical miles west of Sestri Levante, Italy in position 44°13'N, 09°13'E.

30 Sep 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary minesweeper M 7022 / Hummer (278 GRT, former French Auguste Denise) about 12 nautical miles north-east of Bastia, Corsica, France in position 42°49'N, 09°40'E.

15 Nov 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Trias with gunfire off Mitylene, Greece.

19 Nov 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Saloniki, Greece.

20 Nov 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank two Greek sailing vessels with gunfire in the Gulf of Saloniki, Greece.

21 Nov 1943
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Saloniki, Greece.

8 Jan 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Taxiachos (32 GRT) with gunfire off Cape Baba, Turkey.

9 Jan 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire off Baba Burnu, Turkey.

8 Feb 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) fires two torpedoes against the German tanker Centaur (1267 GRT) off Crete.  Both torpedoes missed their target.

8 May 1945
Between 8 May 1945 and 31 May 1945 HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) sank five Japanese sailing vessels with gunfire and scuttling charges in the Malacca Strait.

10 Jul 1945
HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) sank 11 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca.

 

Vessel survived the war and was later sold off to The West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company of Troon for scrap