Tempest Crest

Large Patrol Submarine

 

Type:
T Class

Second Group

Pennant No.:
N.86

Laid Down:
6th January 1940.
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.

Commissioned:
6th December 1941.
Lt. Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye.

Commander:
Oct. 1941 - Feb. 1942
Lt. Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye.

Complement:
61
5 Officers 56 Others.

Service Career:
1942
Mediterranean.

Fate:
Completed one War Patrol, she was lost on her second.

3rd January 1942 - Departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar.
11th January 1942 - Arrived Gibraltar.

First Patrol - 21st to 27th January 1942.

1st February 1942 - Departed Gibraltar for Malta.
8th February 1942 - Arrived Malta.

Second Patrol - Departed 10th February 1942 to patrol the Gulf of Taranto with Una and Upright.

During this patrol Una had attacked the Italian tanker Lucania and had evaded the escorts who in their endeavours found Tempest instead. Tempest was heavily depth charged by the Italian torpedo boat Circe and with the batteries giving off chlorine gas and the interior of the boat being badly damaged it was decided to surface.

Scuttling charges were set and main vents opened once surfaced and attempts by the Italians to take her in tow failed. Circe picked up three officers and twenty others.

Depth charged and blown to the surface by the Italian Circe, Lt. Cdr. S. Palmas.