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HMS Tribune (N76)
HMS Tribune 2.jpg
HMS Tribune
Career (UK)
Builder: Scotts, Greenock
Laid down: 3 March 1937
Launched: 8 December 1938
Commissioned: 17 October 1939
Fate: Sold to be broken up for scrap July 1947
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)

12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward

14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft

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 Tribune was a British T class submarine built by Scotts, Greenock. She was laid down on 3 March 1937 and was commissioned on 17 October 1939. HMS Tribune was part of the first group of T class submarines.


Tribune started the war with operations in the North Sea and off the Scandinavian coast. She had a number of patrols, attacking an unidentified German submarine and merchant, the U-56, the German tanker Karibisches Meer and the German merchant Birkenfels, all without success.

HMS Tribune underway

In the Mediterranean, she damaged the French merchant Dalny, which was beached to prevent her from sinking, and then damaged the now beached Dalny the next day. She also torpedoed and damaged the German tanker Präsident Herrenschmidt, and attacked the Italian merchant Benevento, but failed to hit her.[1] HMS Tribune survived the war, was sold for scrap in July 1947, and was broken up in November 1947 by Ward, of Milford Haven.

The making of the film "Close Quarters"

Filming aboard Tribune in 1943

HMS Tribune and crew starred in the British wartime propaganda film "Close Quarters" made in 1943, depicting a North Sea patrol off Norway. She was called "HMS Tyrant" in the film.


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Coordinates: 39°14′N 15°59′E / 39.233°N 15.983°E / 39.233; 15.983

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