Allied Warships

HMS P 552 (P 552)

Submarine of the S-1 class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 552 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down11 Dec 1917 
Launched26 Oct 1918 
Commissioned20 Apr 1942 
End service16 Oct 1944 

USS S-1 was transferred to the Royal Navy at New London on 20 April 1942. In July 1942 she arrived in the UK. She went to the South Atlantic as an anti-submarine warfare training vessel. She arrived in South Africa, via Gibraltar and Freetown, in December 1942. She was not in good material condition, and spent much of her time in dockyard hands. She was declared unseaworthy following a collision in Durban harbour in January 1944, and paid off into care and maintenance on 11 August 1944. She was returned to the United States Navy on 16 October 1944. Sold for scrap locally at Durban on 20 June 1946. Scrapped at Durban on 14 September 1946.

Former nameS-1

Commands listed for HMS P 552 (P 552)

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1Lt. Anthony Robert Daniell, DSC, RNMar 19426 Aug 1942
2Lt. Laurence Edward Herrick, RN6 Aug 1942Sep 1942
3Lt. Kenneth Hugh Joy, RNRSep 194211 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving P 552 include:

30 Apr 1942
P 552 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut for St. John's, Canada.

1 May 1942
P 552 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Taborfjell that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-576 about 95 nautical miles east of Cape Cod in position 41°52'N, 67°43'W.

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