HMS Rorqual (S02)
HMS Rorqual (S02)
|Launched:||5 December 1956|
|Fate:||Arrived for scrapping on 5 May 1977|
|Class and type:||Porpoise-class submarine|
|Length:||290 ft (88 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft 7 in (8.10 m)|
|Draught:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Range:||9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)|
HMS Rorqual (S02) was a Porpoise-class submarine launched in 1956. She was built by the Vickers shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The boat was named for both the rorqual, a family of whale, and the earlier Second World War-era submarine of the same name.
In 1958, Rorqual experienced a fire. In 1963, she was caught in a trawler's net. An explosion in 1966 killed one junior rate and injured the chief of the watch, who died ashore at Inhambane, Rorqual was off the coast of Mozambique en route to Singapore. In 1969, Rorqual rammed a moored minesweeper, USS Endurance (MSO-435) while docking at River Point pier in Subic Bay, Philippines. The collision punched a large hole in Endurance's hull but did not damage Rorqual. At the time of the incident, Rorqual was commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Gavin Menzies who retired the following year and later published the controversial book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.
Rorqual won the SOCA Efficiency trophy in 1973.
Rorqual arrived at the Laira breaker's yard near Plymouth on 5 May 1977. She was broken up by Davies & Cann.
|1965||1966||Lieutenant Commander J B Wallace RN|
|1973||1974||Lieutenant Commander A T Lightoller RN|
|1974||1976||Cdre Jonathan Gervaise Fitzpatrick Cooke OBE RN|
- 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.