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U CLASS SUBMARINES JOIN MEDITERRANEAN WAR FLEET
HM Submarine Upright arrived in Marsamxetto Harbour today having completed a patrol of the north west coast of Sicily. This was the first war patrol following the decision in October to deploy three U class submarines to the Mediterranean. The other two, Ursula and Utmost were delayed due to mechanical issues. Commanding Officer Lt J E Brooks RN described the atmosphere on board during the mission, which started from Gibraltar:
“Seamen and stokers mess in the torpedo compartment which is also the only available stowage for the majority of the three weeks provisions carried for patrol. This compartment suffers from excessive ‘sweating’ and is permanently damp. The cortiscene of the deck is completely sodden and requires constant renewal. Hammocks cannot be kept dry and bunks are not provided.
Under these conditions it is considered that 12 days at sea is a maximum compatible with any degree of efficiency. In the North Sea patrols were normally 12 days from harbour to harbour with 14 days provisions on board. Bad weather has a noticeable depressing effect on the ship’s company as sleep becomes impossible and even the old hands are seasick.” (1)
AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 DECEMBER TO DAWN 5 DECEMBER 1940
Weather Cold and overcast.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER 1940
(1) History of the British ‘U’ Class Submarine, Derek Walters, Casemate Publishers 2004
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