HMS Tantivy (P319)

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HMS Tantivy
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tantivy
Laid down: 4 July 1942
Launched: 6 April 1943
Commissioned: 25 July 1943
Fate: sunk as target 1951
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General characteristics
Class and type: British T class submarine
  • 1,290 tons surfaced
  • 1,560 tons submerged
Length: 276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)
Beam: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
  • 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward
  • 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft
  • Two shafts
  • Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1.86 MW) each
  • Twin electric motors 1,450 hp (1.08 MW) each
  • 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) surfaced
  • 9 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced
Test depth: 300 ft (91 m) max
Complement: 61
  • 6 internal forward-facing 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
  • 2 external forward-facing torpedo tubes
  • 2 external amidships rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • 1 external rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • 6 reload torpedoes
  • 1 x 4-inch (102 mm) deck gun
  • 3 anti aircraft machine guns

HMS Tantivy was a British submarine of the third group of the T class. It was built as P319 by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, and John Brown & Company, Clydebank, and launched on 6 April 1943. So far it has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Tantivy.


Tantivy served in the Far East for much of its wartime career, where sit sank a Siamese sailing vessel, the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shiretoko Maru, the Japanese Communications Vessel No. 137, the Japanese barge No. 136 and the Japanese motor sailing vessel Tachibana Maru No.47, a Japanese tug, two Japanese coasters, a Japanese sailing vessel, the small Japanese vessels Chokyu Maru No.2, Takasago Maru No.3, and Otori Maru, as well as twelve small vessels that are unidentified (all pretty well undefended and peaceable). it also laid numerous mines.

It survived the war and continued in service with the Navy, finally being sunk as an anti-submarine target in the Cromarty Firth in 1951.[1]


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