HMS Starfish (19S)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Laid down:||26 September 1931|
|Launched:||14 March 1933|
|Commissioned:||3 July 1933|
|Fate:||Sunk 9 January 1940|
|Class and type:||Group one S class submarine|
|Displacement:||640 tons surfaced
935 tons submerged
|Length:||202 ft 6 in (61.72 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Speed:||13.75 knots (25.47 km/h; 15.82 mph) surfaced
10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged
|Complement:||36 officers and sailors|
|Armament:||6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes
one three-inch gun
one 20 mm cannon
one .303-calibre machine gun
HMS Starfish (19S) was a Group one British S class submarine that was depth charged and sunk by a German minesweeper M7 at Heligoland Bight on 9 January 1940 during the Second World War. Her crew were captured.
HMS Starfish sailed from Blyth for patrol on 5 January 1940. On 9 January, she sighted a German destroyer and attacked it. A communication problem caused the first attack to fail and as the submarine returned to periscope depth to carry out another attack she was attacked by depth charges. Further depth charge attacks forced Starfish to settle on the bottom and wait for the enemy to move on. At 18:15 Starfish returned to the surface, all confidential documents were destroyed and the submarine scuttled. The ship’s company were picked up by the waiting ships and taken as prisoners of war.
- 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.
- Submarines, War Beneath The Waves, From 1776 To The Present Day, by Robert Hutchinson
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