Allied Warships

HMS P 552 (P 552)

Submarine of the S-1 class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 552 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down11 Dec 1917 
Launched26 Oct 1918 
Commissioned20 Apr 1942 
End service16 Oct 1944 

USS S-1 was transferred to the Royal Navy at New London on 20 April 1942. In July 1942 she arrived in the UK. She went to the South Atlantic as an anti-submarine warfare training vessel. She arrived in South Africa, via Gibraltar and Freetown, in December 1942. She was not in good material condition, and spent much of her time in dockyard hands. She was declared unseaworthy following a collision in Durban harbour in January 1944, and paid off into care and maintenance on 11 August 1944. She was returned to the United States Navy on 16 October 1944. Sold for scrap locally at Durban on 20 June 1946. Scrapped at Durban on 14 September 1946.

Former nameS-1

Commands listed for HMS P 552 (P 552)

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1Lt. Anthony Robert Daniell, DSC, RNMar 19426 Aug 1942
2Lt. Laurence Edward Herrick, RN6 Aug 1942Sep 1942
3Lt. Kenneth Hugh Joy, RNRSep 194211 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving P 552 include:

30 Apr 1942
P 552 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) departed New London, Connecticut for St. John's, Canada.

1 May 1942
P 552 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Taborfjell that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-576 about 95 nautical miles east of Cape Cod in position 41°52'N, 67°43'W.

2 Oct 1942
At 1600A/2, reconnaissance aircraft reported a medium sized ship, about 4000 tons, thought to be the Italian blockade breaker Pietro Orseolo (6338 GRT, built 1939) in position 44°08'N, 06°39'W, course 250°, speed 10 knots.

The submarine P 552 (Lt. K.H. Joy, RNR) was ordered by to patrol in the vicinity of position 43°11'N, 12°20'W and the cruiser HMS Charybdis (Capt. G.A.W. Voelcker, RN) was instructed to endeavour to intercept, but stated that she was able to do so until dark on 3 July due to lack of fuel.

The following day the were informed that an enemy ship had been sighted in position 43°10'N, 09°50'W, course 090°, speed 15 knots. (1)


  1. ADM 53/115579 + ADM 173/17506 + ADM 199/662

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

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