HMS Union (N56)

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History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Union
Builder: Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 9 December 1939
Launched: 1 October 1940
Commissioned: 22 February 1941
Fate: sunk 20 July 1941
General characteristics
Displacement:
  • 960 long tons (980 t) surfaced
  • 1,150 long tons (1,170 t) submerged
Length: 192 ft (58.5 m)
Beam: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Draught: 15 ft 9 in (4.8 m)
Installed power:
  • 615 bhp (459 kW) (diesel)
  • 825 hp (615 kW) (electric)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 11.25 kn (20.84 km/h; 12.95 mph) surfaced
  • 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 4,050 nmi (7,500 km; 4,660 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) on the surface
Test depth: 200 feet (61.0 m)
Complement: 33
Armament:

HMS Union was a British U class submarine, of the second group of that class, built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness. She was laid down on 9 December 1939 and was commissioned on 22 February 1941.

Career and sinking[edit]

Union spent much of her short career operating in the Mediterranean, where she sank the Italian merchant Pietro Querini. Her success was short-lived however. Union sailed from Malta at 1 o’clock on the morning of 14 July 1941 with orders to intercept a convoy north of Tripoli the following day. On 20 July 1941 she was depth charged and sunk with all hands during an attack on the convoy by the Italian torpedo boat Circe south of Pantelleria. When Union failed to return to Malta she was reported overdue on 22 July 1941.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HMS Union, Uboot.net
  2. ^ Submarine losses 1904 to present day, RN Submarine Museum, Gosport
  • Akermann, Paul (2002). Encyclopaedia of British Submarines 1901–1955 (reprint of the 1989 ed.). Penzance, Cornwall: Periscope Publishing. ISBN 1-904381-05-7.
  • Bagnasco, Erminio (1977). Submarines of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-962-6.
  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. 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.
  • Chesneau, Roger, ed. (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7.
  • McCartney, Innes (2006). British Submarines 1939–1945. New Vanguard. 129. Oxford, UK: Osprey. ISBN 1-84603-007-2.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°27′23″N 11°42′21″E / 36.45639°N 11.70583°E / 36.45639; 11.70583