HMS Tudor (P326)

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HMS Tudor
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tudor
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Laid down: 20 September 1941
Launched: 23 September 1942
Commissioned: 16 January 1944
Fate: Scrapped September 1962
Badge:
TUDOR badge-1-.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: T-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 1,290 tons surfaced
  • 1,560 tons submerged
Length: 276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)
Beam: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Draught:
  • 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) forward
  • 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) aft
Propulsion:
  • Two shafts
  • Twin diesel engines 2,500 hp (1,900 kW) each
  • Twin electric motors 1,450 hp (1,080 kW) each
Speed:
  • 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph) surfaced
  • 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 11 kn (20 km/h; 13 mph) surfaced
Test depth: 300 ft (91 m) max
Complement: 61
Armament:
  • 6 internal forward-facing torpedo tubes
  • 2 external forward-facing torpedo tubes
  • 2 external amidships rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • 1 external rear-facing torpedo tubes
  • 6 reload torpedoes
  • 4 in (102 mm) deck gun
  • 3 anti-aircraft machine guns

HMS Tudor was a British submarine of the third group of the T class. She was built as P326 at Devonport Dockyard, and launched on 23 September 1942. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Tudor, after the Tudor period or Tudor dynasty.

Service[edit]

Tudor served in the Far East for much of her career in World War II, where she sank five Japanese sailing vessels, four Japanese coasters, and another Japanese vessel, as well as an unidentified sailing vessel north of Sumatra.

During the war Tudor was adopted by the Borough of Bridgend as part of Warship Week. The plaque from this adoption is held by the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.[1]

She survived World War II. On 23 April 1949, Tudor arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia to begin a three-month tour in Canadian waters helping train Canadian surface vessels in anti-submarine warfare.[2] Tudor returned to the UK in July 1949, relieved by HMS Tally-Ho.[3] The submarine was sold for scrap on 1 July 1963 and broken up at Faslane.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Warship Weeks: Adopting Naval Vessels in World War Two | Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Submarine on Loan". The Crowsnest. Vol. 1 no. 7. King's Printer. May 1949. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "The Year in Review". The Crowsnest. Vol. 2 no. 2. King's Printer. December 1949. pp. 2–4. 
  4. ^ "HMS Tudor (P 326)". uboat.net. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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