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HMS Starfish (19S)
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HMS Starfish
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Starfish
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 26 September 1931
Launched: 14 March 1933
Commissioned: 3 July 1933
Fate: Sunk 9 January 1940
Badge: File:STARFISH badge-1-.jpg
General characteristics
Class & type: Group one S class submarine
Displacement: 640 tons surfaced
935 tons submerged
Length: 202 ft 6 in (61.72 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Propulsion: Twin diesel/electric
Speed: 13.75 knots (25.47 km/h; 15.82 mph) surfaced
10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged
Complement: 36 officers and sailors
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes
12 torpedoes
one three-inch gun
one 20 mm cannon
one .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Starfish (19S) was a Group one British S class submarine that was depth charged and sunk by a German minesweeper M7 at Heligoland Bight on 9 January 1940 during the Second World War. Her crew were captured.

HMS Starfish sailed from Blyth for patrol on 5 January 1940. On 9 January, she sighted a German destroyer and attacked it. A communication problem caused the first attack to fail and as the submarine returned to periscope depth to carry out another attack she was attacked by depth charges. Further depth charge attacks forced Starfish to settle on the bottom and wait for the enemy to move on. At 18:15 Starfish returned to the surface, all confidential documents were destroyed and the submarine scuttled. The ship’s company were picked up by the waiting ships and taken as prisoners of war.[1][2]

See also


  1. Submarine losses 1904 to present day, RN Submarine Museum, Gosport
  2. HMS Starfish,

Coordinates: 55°00′N 7°10′E / 55°N 7.167°E / 55; 7.167

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