Allied Warships

HMS Scotsman (P 243)

Submarine of the S class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS 
PennantP 243 
ModThird Group 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Apr 1943 
Launched18 Aug 1944 
Commissioned9 Dec 1944 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Troon, Scotland on 19 November 1964.  

Commands listed for HMS Scotsman (P 243)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Alan Hamilton Barnett Anderson, DSC, RNR15 May 194412 Feb 1945
2Lt. Andrew George Prideaux, DSC, RN12 Feb 194515 Feb 1945
3Lt. Alan Hamilton Barnett Anderson, DSC, RNR15 Feb 194518 Dec 1945

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The history of HMS Scotsman as compiled on this page is extracted from the logbooks and patrol reports of this submarine

This page was last updated in February 2020.

22 Nov 1944
Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted trials in the Clyde area. These included full speed trials on the Arran measured mile. These however had to be broken off due to a defect to the port engine. (1)

11 Dec 1944
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted W/T trials in the Clyde area. Then full power trials were carried out on the Arran measured mile and finally steering trials. On completion fo these trials HMS Scotsman returned to her builders yard at Greenock. (2)

20 Jan 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) shifted from Holy Loch to the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (3)

6 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed her builders yard at Greenock for a series of trials in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these trials she proceeded to Holy Loch. (3)

14 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.G. Prideaux, DSC, RN) conducted trials in the Clyde area. (3)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

18 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

19 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (3)

21 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted torpedo discharge trials on the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (3)

23 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted torpedo discharge trials on the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. (3)

24 Feb 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted torpedo discharge trials on the torpedo firing range at Arrochar. Upon completion of these trials HMS Scotsman proceeded to Holy Loch. (3)

1 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (4)

2 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted noise trials in Loch Goil. (4)

3 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN) served as target. Kihna was escorted by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (4)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) served as targets. These included night exercises. (4)

5 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) served as targets. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Scotsman returned to Holy Loch. (4)

6 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Spearhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.E. Youngman, RNR) served as targets. (4)

8 Mar 1945
After a period of trials and training in the Clyde area HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made part of the passage together with HMS Sceptre (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) which was to proceed to Loch Alsh. They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.H.U. Cautley, RNVR). (4)

9 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Scapa Flow to participate in A/S exercises. (4)

10 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). (4)

11 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Trusty (Lt. W. St.G. Anderson, DSC, RNR). (4)

12 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMCS Haida (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN) and ORP Krakowiak (Lt. W. Loskoczynski, ORP). (4)

13 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN). (4)

14 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. A.S. Pomeroy DSC, RN). (4)

15 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN). (4)

17 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

22 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted independent exercises at Scapa Flow. (4)

24 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) and HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN). They were escorted by HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN). (4)

26 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

28 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR), HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) and HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) served as the targets. (4)

29 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR), HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) served as the targets. These included night exercises. (4)

30 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR), HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) served as the targets. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Scotsman proceeded to Holy Loch. (4)

31 Mar 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) served as the targets. (4)

1 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for Loch Alsh. She made the passage together with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Totem (Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) that were to proceed to Lerwick. Escort was provided by HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

3 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Loch Alsh. (5)

4 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted independent exercises off Loch Alsh. (5)

5 Apr 1945
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN), HMS Vitality (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) and HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with HMS Philante (Cdr. M.J. Evans, OBE, RN) and ships from the 2nd Escort Group. Also practice attacks were made on HMS Philante. (6)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was grounded in Loch Alsh during A/S exercises with the 2nd Escort Group. She sustained damage that required a docking. This delayed her deployment to the Far East. (5)

9 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with the 8th Escort Group. (5)

11 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) served as the target. (5)

16 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Loch Alsh for Holy Loch. She joined HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and her escort, HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN), that came from Lerwick. (5)

17 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Holy Loch. (5)

21 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. (5)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) served as the target. (5)

23 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted night attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) and HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) served as the targets. Upon completion of these exercises HMS Scotsman proceeded to Holy Loch. (5)

24 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer DSC, RN) served as the target. (5)

28 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HrMs Tijgerhaai (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN) served as the target. (5)

29 Apr 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) served as the target. (5)

1 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) shifted from Holy Loch to her builders yard at Greenock for some repairs before she was to be sent to the Far East. (7)

2 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was docked at Greenock. (7)

28 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) was undocked. She then proceeded to Holy Loch. (7)

30 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Shikari (Lt. E.A. Tyrer, DSC, RN) and HMS Truncheon (A/Lt.Cdr. R.J. Clutterbuck, DSO, RN) served as the targets. (7)

31 May 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Ravager (A/Capt. G.V.B. Faulkner, RN), HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) and HMS Sportsman (Lt. P.L. Langley-Smith, RN) served as the targets.

[As no log is available for June 1945, no further details of her work-up programme can be given before HMS Scotsman's departure to the Far East.] (7)

11 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Holy Loch for the passage to the Far East. The first leg of the trip was to Gibraltar. The passage was made together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). This last one joined near Bishops Rock.

No logs for June and July 1945 are available for HMS Scotsman so no map of the passage Holy Loch - Trincomalee can be displayed. (8)

16 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Gibraltar. (8)

17 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Gibraltar for Malta. The passage was made together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) and HMS Turpin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Stevens, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (8)

21 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Malta. (8)

26 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Malta for Port Said. The passage was made together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN). (8)

30 Jun 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Port Said. (8)

4 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) transited the Suez Canal Southbound and departed for Aden. She made the passage together with HMS Spur (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN). (8)

9 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Aden. (8)

12 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Aden for Trincomalee. (8)

22 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Trincomalee. (8)

30 Jul 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) departed Trincomalee for Subic Bay, Philippines where she was to join her Flotilla.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Scotsman during this passage see the map below.

(8)

11 Aug 1945
At 1050 hours (zone -7) HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) sank a laden junk with gunfire off the West coast of Borneo near Pontianak near position 00°05'N, 108°50'E. (9)

17 Aug 1945
HMS Scotsman (Lt. A.H.B. Anderson, DSC, RNR) arrived at Subic Bay. As the war with Japan had now ended she would see no offensive action.

After a visit to Hong Kong Scotsman returned to the U.K. arriving at Rothesay on 7 December 1945. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18647
  2. ADM 173/18648
  3. ADM 173/19579
  4. ADM 173/19580
  5. ADM 173/19581
  6. File 2.12.03.6428 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/19582
  8. ADM 199/2569
  9. ADM 173/19583

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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