Orpheus Crest

Early Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
Odin Class


Pennant No.:
46.P
N.46

Laid Down:
14th April 1927.
Beardmore, Dalmuir.

Commissioned:
23rd September 1930.
Lt. Cdr. R.S. Barry.

Commander:
April 1930 - May 1933
Lt. Cdr. R.S. Barry.
May 1933 - Aug. 1934
Lt. Cdr. G.C.P. Menzies.
(Cdr Dec. 1933)
Oct. 1934
Lt. Cdr. R.W. Moir.
Feb. 1936
Lt. Cdr. R.N. Stirling-Hamilton.
Jun. 1938 - Apr. 1940
Lt. Cdr. C.J. Blake.  (Cdr 1939)
Apr. - June 1940
Lt. Cdr. J.A.S. Wise.

Complement:
56
5 Officers and 51 Ratings.

Service Career:
1930-1931.
Portsmouth.
1931-1939.
Hong Kong.
1939-1940
8th Flotilla, HMS Lucia, Columbo.
May 1940
1st Flotilla, HMS Medway, Alexandria.
Jun. 1940
1st Flotilla, Detached, Malta.

Fate:
Lost on her first 'War Patrol'.

Whilst on her way to Alexandria, was almost certainly mined off Benghazi on 19th June. She was the third boat to be sunk in the early days of the war from Malta, and was also lost with all hands including her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander JAS Wise RN, four other officers and 49 men.

It should be noted that although some boats were attached to H.M.S. Medway at Singapore, they often operated in a detached mode covering the China Station such as Hong Kong and even to the point of patrolling the Siberian Coast.