Sponsored by the Scottish
Branch of the Submariners Association.
This Branch of the Submariners
Association have chosen this particular
class of submarine as they are
directly involved with the memorial
which is held each year in Scotland
regarding the loss of HMS/M
Vandal in Scottish waters.
The painting we have chosen to
represent this class of submarine
is in fact HMS/M Venturer,
this is believed to be the first
RN submarine during WWII to sink
an enemy submarine whilst both
boats were submerged.
diesels 615bhp Twin electric motors
825bhp Twin shafts.
11.75 knots, Submerged 9 knots.
nautical miles at 10 knots.
x 21 inch Torpedo tubes. 1 x 3
inch gun. 3 machine guns.
HMS/M Vandal disappeared whilst
working up in the Kilbraunan Sound
on February 24th 1943. She had sailed
from the Holy Loch on February
22nd for the exercise area between the
Mull of Kintyre and the Isle
of Arran, and was last seen leaving
Loch Ranza on the afternoon of
the 24th. By nightfall she had failed
to make her "surfacing signal",
at daybreak a search of the area was made,
but no trace of the boat was found.
HMS/M Vandal, unfortunately had
the shortest career of any submarine in
the Royal Navy. In 1995, the wreck of
Vandal was positively identified
lying in 300 feet of water about one and
a half miles North West of Loch Ranza
off the Isle of Arran. The cause
of her loss is still unknown.
HMS/M Venturer - Yard
This was the first of the fourteen
"V" Class submarines
built at Barrow between 1943 and 1944.
Launched on the 14th May 1943, "Venturer"
was, as other boats of the Class,
of partially welded construction.
herself by sinking two German Submarines."U771"
was sunk on the 11th November 1944.
"U864" was sunk on
the 9th February 1945 in a unique
action as both boats were submerged.
"U864" was detected
by "Venturer's" ASDIC
used in passive mode so that there
could be no tell "ping".
Officer Lt. J.S. Launders was
also able to obtain good sightings
on the U Boats periscopes due to what
Launders described as "the
most shameful periscope drill on the
U Boats part". From information
provided by the ASDIC and Launders
sightings, Launders concluded he was
broad on U 864's starboard bow.
next hour he used the ASDIC to determine
a plot of "U864's"
course and when finally certain of direction
and speed fired four MK VIII** torpedoes
in a "hosepipe" salvo. The
range was 3,000 yards and "U864"
took one torpedo and sank.