HMS Traveller (N48)
HMS Traveller in the Gareloch (southwest Scotland), in April 1942
|Laid down:||17 January 1940|
|Launched:||27 August 1941|
|Commissioned:||10 April 1942|
|Fate:||sunk on 4 December 1942|
|Class & type:||British T class submarine|
|Displacement:||1,090 tons surfaced
1,575 tons submerged
|Length:||275 ft (84 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)|
|Draught:||16.3 ft (5.0 m)|
Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1.86 MW) each
|Speed:||15.25 knots (28.7 km/h) surfaced
Nine knots (20 km/h) submerged
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced|
|Test depth:||300 ft (91 m) max|
|Armament:||Six internal forward-facing torpedo tubes
Two external forward-facing torpedo tubes
Three external backward-facing torpedo tubes
Six reload torpedoes
4 inch (100 mm) deck gun
Three anti-aircraft machine guns
Traveller spent most of her career serving in the Mediterranean. She was unsuccessful in most of her attacks, sinking the Italian merchantman Albachiara, but launching failed attacks against the Italian merchant ship Ezilda Croce, the Italian 'small light cruiser' Cattaro (the former Yugoslavian Dalmacija), the Italian tanker Proserpina (the former French Beauce) and the Italian torpedo boats Castore and Ciclone. She also claimed to have attacked two so far unidentified submarines.
Traveller left Malta on 28 November 1942 for a patrol in the Gulf of Taranto. She carried out a reconnaissance of Taranto harbour for a Chariot human torpedo attack (Operation Principal). The submarine did not return from the operation and was reported overdue on 12 December. She probably struck an Italian mine on or about 4 December.
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