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HMS Stygian (P249)
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HMS Stygian
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S-class submarine
Name: HMS Stygian
Builder: Cammell Laird Shipyard - Birkenhead
Laid down: January 6, 1943
Launched: November 30, 1943
Commissioned: February 29, 1944
Decommissioned: October 29, 1949
Fate: Sold for scrappng October 28, 1949
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 Stygian (pennant number P249) was a S-class submarine of the British Royal Navy, and the only ship so far to bear the name. The ship is listed as being a member of the fourth group, although she had the external stern torpedo tube fitted as in the third group.

After an eventful career in the Pacific during the Second World War, she was sold to be broken up for scrap on 28 October 1949, and finally scrapped by Metal Industries of Ardgour in August 1950.


On being commissioned, HMS Stygian was under the command of Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, RN. She was assigned to operate with the Eastern Fleet in the Pacific Ocean. She had a short, but eventful wartime career, sinking eight Japanese sailing vessels, five Japanese coasters, six unidentified Japanese vessels and the ship Nichinan Maru . She also sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 104 (the former Dutch Djember) and damaged the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 104 off Bali.

Stygian acted as tow for the midget submarine XE-3, when the XE-3 successfully attacked the Japanese cruiser Takao in Singapore Harbour in Operation Struggle.[1]


  1. HMS Stygian,

Coordinates: 5°42′N 98°57′E / 5.7°N 98.95°E / 5.7; 98.95

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