HMS Sterlet (2S)

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HMS Sterlet
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Sterlet
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 14 July 1936
Launched: 22 September 1937
Commissioned: 6 April 1938
Identification: Pennant number 2S
Fate: Sunk 18 April 1940
Badge: STERLET badge-1-.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: S-class submarine
  • 670 tons surfaced
  • 960 tons submerged
Length: 208 ft 9 in (63.63 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Propulsion: Twin diesel/electric
  • 13.75 knots (25.47 km/h; 15.82 mph) surfaced
  • 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged
Complement: 39 officers and men

HMS Sterlet was a Royal Navy S-class submarine which was launched on 22 September 1937 and fought in the Second World War. Sterlet is one of 12 boats named in the song Twelve Little S-Boats. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named Sterlet.

At the onset of the Second World War Sterlet was a member of the 2nd Submarine Flotilla. From 23–26 August 1939 the 2nd Submarine Flotilla transferred to its war bases at Dundee and Blyth.[1]

On 8 April 1940 Sterlet left for a patrol in the Skagerrak, off Norway under the command of Lt. Gerard Henry Stacpoole Haward. Four days later she unsuccessfully attacked a convoy of three merchant ships and a destroyer. The following day she was assigned a new patrol area and on 14 April torpedoed the German gunnery training ship Brummer, leading to her sinking the following day.[2]

She was possibly sunk by the German anti submarine trawlers UJ-125, UJ-126 and UJ-128 on 18 April. Alternatively, she may have struck a mine whilst returning to port.[3]



  1. ^ Rohwer, p.1
  2. ^ Brummer
  3. ^ HMS Sterlet


Coordinates: 58°40′N 9°56′E / 58.667°N 9.933°E / 58.667; 9.933