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HMS Thistle (N24)
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HMS Thistle
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Thistle
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow
Laid down: 7 December 1937
Launched: 25 October 1938
Commissioned: 4 July 1939
Fate: sunk 10 April 1940
General characteristics
Class & type: British T class submarine
Displacement: 1,090 long tons surfaced
1,575 tons submerged
Length: 275 ft (84 m)
Beam: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
Draught: 16.3 ft (5.0 m)

Two shafts
Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1.86 MW) each

Twin electric motors 1,450 hp (1.08 MW) each

15.25 knots (28.7 km/h) surfaced

9 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced
Test depth: 300 ft (91 m) max
Complement: 59

6 internal forward-facing torpedo tubes
4 external forward-facing torpedo tubes
6 reload torpedoes

4 inch (100 mm) deck gun

HMS Thistle (N24) was a T-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow and launched in October 1939.


Thistle had a short wartime career with the Royal Navy.[1]

Thistle was ordered to patrol off Stavanger, and to sink any enemy vessel that she might spot in the harbour, since the authorities believed that a German invasion of Norway was imminent. On 10 April Thistle signalled her intention to comply with this order and that she had two torpedoes remaining after an unsuccessful attack on a U-boat. With this in mind the Admiralty changed her orders to patrol off Skudenes. No further contact was made with Thistle. It was later discovered that U-4, the U-boat Thistle had previously attacked, had sighted the submarine on the surface and sunk her with torpedoes.[2]

See also[]


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


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