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HMS Sahib (P212)

HMS Sahib
Class and type: S class submarine
Name: HMS Sahib
Ordered: 23 January 1940
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Limited, Birkenhead
Laid down: 5 July 1940
Launched: January 19, 1942
Commissioned: 13 May 1942
Fate: Sunk April 24, 1943
General characteristics
Displacement: 814-872 tons surfaced
990 tons submerged
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 14.75 knots surfaced
8 knots submerged
Complement: 48 officers and men
Armament: 6 x forward 21-inch torpedo tubes, one aft
13 torpedoes
one three-inch gun (four-inch on later boats)
one 20 mm cannon
three .303-calibre machine gun

HMS Sahib was an S class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on January 19, 1942. So far she has been the only ship to bear the name Sahib.


She was assigned to the Mediterranean theatre, where she sank seven Italian sailing vessels, including the Ina S., Francesco Padre, Santa Maria Del Salvazione, San Vincenzo and Pier Della Vigne, the Italian merchants Honestas and Sidamo, the German (former French) transport San Antonio, the German merchant Qued Tiflet, and the small Italian merchant Tosca. Sahib also damaged the Italian tug Valente and a barge with gunfire. The tug was hit 45 times and the barge 25 times. The tug was set on fire and completely burnt out. On 21 January 1943 she sank the German submarine U-301. There was only one survivor from U-301.

On 14 November 1942 Sahib torpedoed and sank the Italian transport SS Scillin. The Scillin was transporting Allied prisoners of war, of which 787 drowned.[1]


On April 16, 1943, she attacked and sank the merchant ship Galiolo, two miles off Capo di Milazzo. After firing, the Sahib almost broke the surface, which was noticed by an aircraft, which dropped a bomb but to no effect. The torpedo boat Climene began a heavy depth charge attack resulting in the submarine's pressure hull being holed at the aft ends. Unable to repair the damage, the ship was abandoned. She surfaced and was attacked by the aircraft. Sahib was scuttled to prevent her capture. One of the crew was wounded and died on 3 May 1943.[2]


Coordinates: 37°29′N 10°46′E / 37.483°N 10.767°E / 37.483; 10.767

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