HMS P48 (1942)

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United Kingdom
Name: HMS P48
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 21 August 1941
Launched: 15 April 1942
Commissioned: 18 June 1942
Fate: Depth charged in the Gulf of Tunis on 25 December 1942
General characteristics
Class and type: U-class
  • Surfaced - 540 tons standard, 630 tons full load
  • Submerged - 730 tons
Length: 191 ft (58 m)
Beam: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
Draught: 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)
  • Two shaft diesel-electric
  • two Paxman Ricardo diesel generators + electric motors
  • 615 / 825 hp
  • 11.25 knots max surfaced
  • 10 knots max submerged
Complement: 27-31

HMS P48 was a Royal Navy U-class submarine built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness.

The submarine departed from Malta on her last patrol, on 23 December 1942 under the command of Lieutenant M.E. Faber. She was sunk with the loss of her entire crew two days later whilst attacking an Italian convoy in the Gulf of Tunis heading towards Tunis. The submarine was depth charged by two Italian torpedo boats, Ardente and Ardito, at position 37º15'N, 10º30'E, northwest of the island of Zembra. The submarine was officially declared overdue on 5 January 1943.[1]

This vessel and her crew were honored and immortalized by the nephew of one of the lost sailors (Lt. Stephen E. Spring Rice, RNVR), English musician Thomas Dolby, in the song "One of Our Submarines".


  1. ^ Submarine losses 1904 to present day, RN Submarine Museum, Gosport

Coordinates: 37°15′N 10°30′E / 37.250°N 10.500°E / 37.250; 10.500