Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Templar
Original Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs of Barrow-in-Furness
Original Yard No: 816
Vessel Type: submarine
Year Built: 1942
Arrival Date: 16/07/1959
Breakup Started: 16/11/1959
Date First Beached: 20/09/1959
Date Breakup Completed: 08/03/1960
Draught For’d: 14' 6"
Draught Aft: 14' 6"
T-Class submarine TEMPLAR Displ. Surfaced : 1,422 tons Displ. Submerged : 1,571 tons
Length : 276' 6" (84.28 metres) Beam : 25' 6" (7.27 metres Draught : 12' 9" For'd & 14.7" Aft
Propulsion : Twin-Screw – Twin Diesels each delivering 2,500 HP and twin Motors each delivering 1,450 HP
Ordered : 04-11- 1940 Keel Laid : 28-12-1941 Launched : 26-10-1942 Completed : 15-02-1943
Pennant Number : P-316 Speed Submerged : 9.0 knots Speed Surfaced : 15.5 knots
In July 1943, HMS Templar took part in the Allied assault on Sicily and carried out patrols designed to prevent interference by Italiam surface craft against convoys within the approaches to the landing areas.
In August 1943, HMS Templar transferred along with the 4th Submarine Flotilla for service with the Far Eastern fleet, based in Colombo for patrol duties.
27-01-1944 : In the Straits of Malacca, torpedoed and damaged the Japanese Light Cruiser KITAKAMI
29-05-1944 : In the Straits of Malacca, torpedoed and sank the Japanese cargo ship TYOKAI MARU
04-06-1944 : In the Straits of Malacca laid down twelve mines
16-07-1944 : North of Sumatra, sighted a homeward-bound enemy submarine (U-1062) and fired a total of eight torpedoes, but all eight missed their target
In 1945 HMS Templar returned to the UK. In 1950, the submarine was sunk in Loch Striven to serve as an ASDIC target for naval practice. She was raised on 4th December 1958 and taken in tow by the tug Cruiser for the passage to Troon, for breaking by the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company Limited – see bottom picture.