#lecture - a lecture about the sinking of hms thetis will be held in the dun laoghaire club, 3 eblana avenue next monday 14th may the talk will be presented by david roberts ma -bbc marine presenter roberts will tell the story of the 1939 submarine disaster in liverpool bay when 99 men were left. Sinking of uss indianapolis thetis i (auxstr) thetis steamed out from the golden gate on 20 april and shaped a course north to sitka, where she arrived on 2. In thetis: submarine disaster, david paul, having studied the events surrounding the tragedy of hms thetis for many years, examines the issues which led to the disaster, and draws some conclusions this e-book edition contains 53 black-and-white photographs.
Disasters of the century is a documentary television series that airs on history television 1939 hms thetis sinking ©2002 it came from the sky:. The sinking of the submarine hms thetis when the thetis left birkenhead on 1st june 1939, she was carrying a crew of 53 sailors together with a further 50 people: 26 cammell laird shipyard employees, 9 dockyard managers and fitters, 9 royal navy officers from submarine headquarters, 4 vickers armstrong employees and 2 representatives of a firm. Hms thetis submarine disaster to be honoured 75 years after the sinking royal navy's worst peacetime disaster saw 99 killed when the submarine sunk off the north wales coast to be honoured on. Hms thetis sinking item #622824 june 2, 1939 the new york times, june 2, 1939 hms thetis sinks british submarine royal navy the front page has two column.
The true story of the loss of submarine hms thetis is still shrouded in mystery, even now, some seventy-five years after her tragic sinking on 1 june 1939, hms thetis sank in liverpool bay on her maiden dive with the loss of ninety-nine lives. I have attached a photograph of the sinking of the thetis from above, but we can't seem to find the photographer to whom we can attribute it is there anything you can do to point me in the right direction. A period of trials and exercises was interrupted by the sinking of hms thetis in liverpool bay on 1 june 1939 tartar was one of the home fleet ships sent to the scene of the accident to assist in search and recovery efforts, and formed the headquarters ship for rescue operations. Under her first identity, hms thetis, she commenced sea trials on 4 march 1939 she sank during trials on 1 june 1939 with the loss of 99 lives sinking the light.
Hms thetis was a 36-gun fifth-rate frigate of the royal navy after nearly a decade of service with the british, she was transferred to prussia in exchange for two steam gunboats. Almost all of the skilled submarine staff at cammel laird's in birkenhead had died when thetis was lost the opinion of the shipyard was that the royal navy was to blame for the loss and the tardy salvage operation thereafter. Re-enactment of zeebrugge naval raid by royal navy during ww1 on fire in several places and in a sinking condition hms thetis in bad shape - on fire & still.
Loss of the thetis 1939 liverpool daily post, thursday october 2nd, 1939 trapped body released bresnen, lost on hms thetis in june, aged 55, frank richard. Hms thetis partly resurfaced with the men still alive inside and rescuers could have saved them in just five minutes by cutting air holes through the 5⁄8in-thick steel hull a larger hole could. A period of trials and exercises was interrupted by the sinking of hms thetis in liverpool bay on 01 june 1939 tartar was one of the home fleet ships sent to the scene of the accident to assist in search and recovery efforts, and formed the headquarters ship for rescue operations.
Hms thetis, had to be scuttled short of the canal mouth after fouling a propeller the two others, hms intrepid and hms iphgenia, were sunk across the channel but they didn't obstruct it entirely. Hms thetis (n25) was a group 1 t on 2-3 january, the manned torpedoes entered the harbour and mined the ships there, sinking the cruiser ulpio traiano and the. My wife's father was a sailor on hms charybdis, francis fitsimons, he survived the sinking ,clinging on a carley float, but is now deceased - 1985 there is no local memorial of most of the 400 men who came from north west, birkenhead and the wirral who were killed on hms charybdis, like there is for hms thetis.
Assigned to 6th destroyer flotilla as flotilla leader and given the pennant number f43, she was engaged in workups until june, when they were interrupted by the sinking of submarine hms thetis during a trial dive all available ships were pulled off normal duties to locate thetis in hopes some of her crew had survived. Derek arnold the sinking of hms thetis the loss of a brand new birkenhead built submarine amid secrets, scandals, stupidity and secrecy fort perch rock. Hms thetis (n25) was a group 1 t-class submarine of the royal navy which served under two names under her first identity, hms thetis, she commenced sea. Hms thetis departing cammell laird shipyards in the mersey river, sometime in 1939 royal navy thetis experienced problems during her acceptance trails which delayed the boat's commissioning into the royal navy.