HMS Thermopylae

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Thermopylae

Original Builder: Chatham Dockyard, Chatham

Original Yard No:

Official Number:

Vessel Type: submarine

GRT: 1090

Year Built: 1944

Arrival Date: 29/06/1970

Breakup Started: 07/07/1970

Date First Beached: 16/09/1970

Date Breakup Completed: 31/03/1971

Draught For’d: 14' 3"

Draught Aft: 15' 0"

Name Changes:

Other Information:

 

T-Class Patrol Submarine HMS Thermopylae         Pennant No. P-355

 

30-05-1942  :  Ordered

26-10-1943  :  Keel laid down

27-06-1945  :  Launched

05-12-1945  :  Completed

 

GRT :  1,090 tons

DWT :  1,571 tons

Displ :  1,290 tons – surfaced

Displ :  1,560 tons – submerged

 

Propulsion :  Twin diesel-electric engines driving twin shafts, each engine developing 2,500 HP

Motors  :  Two electrical motors rated at 1,450 HP

Speed   :  9.0 knots – submerged          15.5 knots – surfaced

Range :   4,500 nautical miles at a mean speed of 11 knots

 

Dimmensions :  84.28 metres  x  7.77 metres  x  4.2 metres

 

Complement :  61 officers and men

 

Test Depth  :  300 feet  (91.4 metres)

 

Armaments :

6 x internal  forward-facing torpedo tubes

2 x external forward-facing torpedo tubes

2 x external midships rear-facing torpedo tubes

6 x reload torpedoes

1 x 4 inch Deck Gun  +  3 x A.A. Machine-Guns

 

Built too late to see any WWII action.  On completion, assigned to the Holy Loch to engage in trials and join the 3rd Flotilla based at Holy Loch.  Remained in service with the Royal Navy until December 1968, then placed on the Sales Disposal List. 

 

Arrived at Troon in late June 1970 for breaking at the West Coast of Scotland Shipbreaking Company Limited