Allied Warships

HMS Visigoth (P 76)

Submarine of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassV 
PennantP 76 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Feb 1943 
Launched30 Nov 1943 
Commissioned9 Mar 1944 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap in March 1949. Scrapped at Hayle in April 1950.

 

Commands listed for HMS Visigoth (P 76)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. John Renwick Haig Haddow, DSC, RN15 Jan 19443 Mar 1945
2Lt. Charles Henry Hammer, RN3 Mar 1945Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Visigoth include:


20 Apr 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Cutty Sark (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). The next day, off Scapa Flow, they were joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) and the British submarine HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN). (1)

21 Apr 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN).

The submarines were escorted by the armed yacht HMS Cutty Sark. (2)

1 Jul 1944
HMS Stygian (Lt. G.S.C. Clarabut, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for Malta. She made the passage together with HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) in convoy OS.82 / KMS.56. No log is available for this period so unfortunately no map can be displayed. (3)

23 Aug 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN) damaged two sailing vessels with gunfire off Strati Island, Greece.

25 Sep 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN)

1 Oct 1944
HMS Visigoth (Lt. J.R.H. Haddow, DSC, RN)

22 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Aden for Suez. (4)

28 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Suez where they entered the Panama Canal. They anchored of Ismaïlia later the same day. (4)

29 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Ismaïlia, transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Port Said.

They both departed Port Said for Alexandria later the same day. (4)

30 Sep 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Alexandria. (4)

6 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Alexandria for Malta. (4)

10 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Malta. (4)

13 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both Malta for Gibraltar. (4)

17 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Gibraltar. (4)

19 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both departed Gibraltar for the U.K. (4)

26 Oct 1945
HMS Vigorous (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) and HMS Visigoth (Lt. C.H. Hammer, RN) both arrived at Holy Loch. (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18921
  2. File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 199/2571
  4. ADM 199/1876

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


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