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HMS Thermopylae

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
HMS Thermopylae
Vessel Type: 
Submarine
GRT: 
1,090
Draught For'd: 
14' 3"
Draught Aft: 
15' 0"
Year Built: 
1945
Arrival Date: 
30/06/1970
Breakup Started: 
08/07/1970
Date First Beaching: 
17/09/1970
Breakup Completed: 
01/04/1971
Original Builder: 
Chatham Dockyard, Chatham
Other Information: 

 
T-Class Patrol Submarine HMS Thermopylae         Pennant No. P-355
 
30-05-1942  :  Ordered
26-10-1943  :  Keel laid down
27-06-1945  :  Launched
05-12-1945  :  Completed
 
GRT :  1,090 tons
DWT :  1,571 tons
Displ :  1,290 tons - surfaced
Displ :  1,560 tons - submerged
 
Propulsion :  Twin diesel-electric engines driving twin shafts, each engine developing 2,500 HP
Motors  :  Two electrical motors rated at 1,450 HP
Speed   :  9.0 knots - submerged          15.5 knots - surfaced
Range :   4,500 nautical miles at a mean speed of 11 knots
 
Dimmensions :  84.28 metres  x  7.77 metres  x  4.2 metres
 
Complement :  61 officers and men
 
Test Depth  :  300 feet  (91.4 metres)
 
Armaments :
6 x internal  forward-facing torpedo tubes
2 x external forward-facing torpedo tubes
2 x external midships rear-facing torpedo tubes
6 x reload torpedoes
1 x 4 inch Deck Gun  +  3 x A.A. Machine-Guns
 
Built too late to see any WWII action.  On completion, assigned to the Holy Loch to engage in trials and join the 3rd Flotilla based at Holy Loch.  Remained in service with the Royal Navy until December 1968, then placed on the Sales Disposal List. 
 
Arrived at Troon in late June 1970 for breaking at the West Coast of Scotland Shipbreaking Company Limited
 
 
 
 

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