HMS Satyr (P214)

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HMS Satyr
Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: S-class submarine
Name: HMS Satyr
Builder: Scotts, Greenock
Laid down: 8 June 1940
Launched: 28 September 1942
Commissioned: 8 February 1943
Renamed: to French navy February 1952 to August 1961 as Saphir
Fate: broken up April 1962
General characteristics
  • 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)
  • 14.75 knots surfaced
  • 8 knots submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
  • 6 × forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
  • 13 torpedoes
  • one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
  • one 20 mm cannon
  • three .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Satyr was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the third group built of that class. She was built by Scotts, of Greenock and launched on 28 September 1942.


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Satyr spent much of her wartime career serving in home waters, where she sank the Norwegian merchant Nordnorge, and the German submarine U-987. She also torpedoed the wreck of the German merchant Emsland which was aground off Stadlandet, Norway after being heavily damaged by British torpedo bombers on 20 January 1944. On 11 February the wreck was hit again by aerial torpedoes. Satyr also unsuccessfully attacked the German merchants Bochum and Emma Sauber, and a German convoy off Egersund, Norway.[1]

During 1944-1945 Satyr was disarmed, streamlined and given more powerful batteries to serve as a high speed target submarine.

She was lent to the French navy between February 1952 and August 1961, and renamed Saphir. After 20 years of service, she was broken up in April 1962 at Charlestown, Fife.


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Coordinates: 62°16′N 5°06′E / 62.267°N 5.100°E / 62.267; 5.100