HMS Shakespeare (P221)
|Class and type:||S class submarine|
|Laid down:||13 November 1940|
|Launched:||8 December 1941|
|Commissioned:||10 July 1942|
|Fate:||Sold on 14 July 1946|
|Displacement:||814-872 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged
|Length:||217 ft (66 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft (3.4 m)|
|Speed:||14.75 knots (27 km/h) surfaced
8 knots (15 km/h) submerged
|Complement:||48 officers and men|
|Armament:||6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun
She served in the Mediterranean and later in the Eastern Fleet during the Second World War, from December 1944. Whilst serving in the Mediterranean, she sank the Italian sailing vessels Sant' Anna M. and Adelina, the Greek sailing vessel Aghios Konstantinos and two unidentified sailing vessels. She also sank the Italian submarine Velella, which was lost with all hands, and unsuccessfully attempted to torpedo what is identified as an Italian light cruiser. On transferral to the Far East, she sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Unryu Maru.
She was damaged by gunfire and air attack in the Nankauri Strait, Andaman Islands on 3 January 1945, whilst engaged with the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa 1. Both ships were damaged. Shakespeare returned to port, but was written off as a constructive total loss.
She was sold on 14 July 1946 and was broken up by Ward, of Briton Ferry.
- HMS Shakespeare, Uboat.net
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.