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HMS Artemis (P449)
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Ordered: Very late in World War II
Builder: Scotts of Greenock
Laid down: 28 February 1944
Launched: 28 August 1946
Commissioned: 15 August 1947
Fate: Sank 1 July 1971. Sold to Pounds of Portsmouth for scrap in 1972
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,360/1,590 tons (surface/submerged)
Length: 293 ft 6 in (89.46 m)
Beam: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Draught: 18 ft 1 in (5.51 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 2,150 hp Admiralty ML 8-cylinder diesel engine, 2 × 625 hp electric motors for submergence driving two shafts
Speed:

18.5 kn (34.3 km/h) surface, 8 kn (15 km/h) submerged

Ship range=10,500 nmi (19,400 km) at 11 kn (20 km/h) surfaced
16 nmi (30 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h) or 90 nmi (170 km) at 3 kn (5.6 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 350 ft (110 m)
Complement: 5 officers 55 enlisted
Armament: 6 × 21" (2 external) bow torpedo tubes, 4 × 21" (2 external) stern torpedo tubes, containing a total of 20 torpedoes
Mines: 26
1 × 4" main deck gun, 3 × 0.303 machine gun, 1 × 20 mm AA Oerlikon 20 mm gun

HMS Artemis (P449), was an Amphion-class submarine of the Royal Navy, built by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. of Greenock and launched 28 August 1946.[1]

In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[2]

On 1 July 1971 Artemis sank in 9 metres of water while moored at the HMS Dolphin shore-establishment at Gosport during refueling. The sub dipped by the stern (she was being prepared for fuelling using the aft externals) which filled and the sub sank.[3] She was raised on 6 July and decommissioned, sold to be broken up for scrap on 12 December 1971.

Commanding officers

From To Captain
1953 1953 Lieutenant-Commander F E Ashmead-Bartlett RN
1970 1970 Lieutenant-Commander T Austin RN

References

  1. http://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3634.html
  2. Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/making_history/makhist10_prog12b.shtml%7CBBC account of the sinkiing

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