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HMS Spirit (P245)
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HMS Spirit
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Spirit
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 27 October 1942
Launched: July 20, 1943
Commissioned: 25 October 1943
Fate: broken up 1950
General characteristics
Displacement: 814-872 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 14.75 knots surfaced
8 knots submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
13 torpedoes
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Spirit was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on July 20, 1943. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Spirit.

She survived the Second World War, spending most of it with the Eastern Fleet, where she sank four Siamese sailing vessels, the Japanese ship Ryushin Maru and the Japanese coaster Ryuho Maru. She also sank another unidentified enemy vessel. Spirit also claimed to have damaged a small Japanese oiler with gunfire to the north of Sumatra.[1]

Spirit was eventually paid off, arriving at Ward, of Grays on July 4, 1950 for breaking up.


  1. HMS Spirit,

Coordinates: 6°02′S 110°41′E / 6.033°S 110.683°E / -6.033; 110.683

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