HMS Spark (P236)
|Class and type:||S class submarine|
|Laid down:||10 October 1942|
|Launched:||December 28, 1943|
|Commissioned:||28 April 1944|
|Fate:||broken up October 1950|
|Displacement:||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)|
|Speed:||14.75 knots surfaced
8 knots submerged
|Complement:||48 officers and men|
|Armament:||6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun
HMS Spark 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 December 28, 1943. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Spark.
She survived the Second World War, spending between December 1944 and July 1945 with the Eastern Fleet, arriving at Trincomalee on 21 October 1944. She went on to sink two Japanese sailing vessels, three Japanese coasters, a barge and a tug. Another coaster was forced ashore on Panjang Island. Spark was attacked by an enemy escort which dropped sixteen depth charges, but managed to escape damage. She returned to the UK in October 1945.
She was sold on October 28, 1949. Spark was broken up at Faslane in October 1950.
- HMS Spark, Uboat.net
- 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.