HMS Tarpon (N 17)
Submarine of the T class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||20 Jul 1937|
|Laid down||5 Oct 1937|
|Launched||17 Oct 1939|
|Commissioned||8 Mar 1940|
|Lost||10 Apr 1940|
|Loss position||56° 43'N, 6° 33'E|
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. Herbert James Caldwell, RN) left Portsmouth for Rosyth on 5 April 1940. She was diverted to patrol around Norway on 6th.
Most likely sunk around 0600 hours on 10 April 1940 by the German 'Q-ship' Schiff 40 / Schürbek west of Jutland, Denmark in position 56º43'N, 06º33'5"E. Reported overdue on 22 April 1940.
Tarpon possibly attacked the German vessel with two torpedoes. They missed and Tarpon was most likely sunk by depth charges in the counter attack.
Commands listed for HMS Tarpon (N 17)
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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.
|1||Cdr. Robert Cecil Somers Garwood, RN||30 Sep 1938||10 Jan 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Charles Bate Limpright Wren, RNR||10 Jan 1940||12 Mar 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Herbert James Caldwell, RN||12 Mar 1940||Apr 1940|
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This page was last updated in January 2016.
16 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed the Clyde area for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) and HMS Havant (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN). (1)
20 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. (1)
26 Mar 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland where she arrived later the same day. (1)
3 Apr 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth where she arrived later the same day. (1)
5 Apr 1940
HMS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Caldwell, RN) departed from Portsmouth bound for Rosyth. She made the passage together with HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. B.W. Taylor, RN). They were escorted by HMS Wivern (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Bushell, RN). They joined northbound convoy FN 139 at 1530/6 until 2100/7 when both submarines were ordered to patrol of the Skagerrak and course was set accordingly. (2)
17 Mar 2016
Wreck was discovered by commercial diving company near the harbour of Thyborøn News paper article in Danish: click here (3)
- ADM 199/2572
- ADM 199/1878
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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