of 1st Group of T Class Submarines and 1st
of this Class to be ordered from HM
Dockyard, Chatham on 12th January 1937 and
laid down on 11th May 1938.
This submarine was launched on 31st October
1939 as the 6th RN vessel to bear the name,
introduced in 1812 for the 6th Rate 36 Gun
ship HMS FORTH was renamed
. The last to carry the name was
Paddle vessel built
at Bombay and sold in 1904. Build was
completed on 20th June 1940 and trials had
been carried out at Portsmouth with the 5th
Submarine Flotilla. in
May 1940. Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings campaign in Newbury,
Berkshire in February 1942 the boat was
adopted by the civil community of the Borough.
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Commissioned for service and carried out
Acceptance Trials at Portsmouth with 5th
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to N63.
Worked-up for operational service.
Joined 2nd Submarine Flotilla at Rosyth
Nominated with HM Submarines CACHALOT, TALISMAN
and TRIBUNE for Bay Patrol
for surveillance in Bay of Biscay and patrol off
Commanding Officer Lieut Cdr Bone.
Sank trawler off
Channel deployment in continuation.
the barque CHARLES EDMOND during patrol patrol
60 miles west of Gironde.
Flotilla duties in continuation at Rosyth
9 4 1
Bay Patrol deployment in continuation
During patrol sank two mercantiles totalling
On a later patrol sank three mercantiles
totalling 4,039 tons.
Transferred to 3rd Submarine Flotilla based in
Clyde for interception patrols in
Atlantic deployment in continuation
Sank tanker THORN 5,486 tons by torpedo and
gunfire off St Nazaire.
Atlantic deployment in continuation.
Commanding officer promoted to Commander.
Deployed for interception of Italian submarine
operating against Atlantic convoys
Sank Italian submarine MICHELLE BIANCI in Bay of
Transferred with HM Submarine TRIDENT for
service in Arctic based at Polyarno.
Deployed at Polyarno
for support of Soviet operations and patrol at
Norwegian coaster HAAKON JARL.
Polyarno deployment for patrol of Norway in
mercantile RICHARD WITH, 905 tons off Bretsund.
Carried out unsuccessful attacks on two convoys
Polyarno deployment in continuation
Carried out unsuccessful attack on convoy off
Norway in Svaerholthaven
Carried out another unsuccessful attack on
Norwegian coast convoy in same area.
return passage to UK from Polyarno after relief
by HM Submarine SEALION
Deployed in Home waters.
Nominated for support of planned Commando
landings on islands off Norway
for patrol .
Deployed for support of ANKLET.
9 4 2
Returned from patrol
Took passage to Fro Havet for interception
Nominated for refit and took passage to
Under refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
Commanding Officer Lieut Cdr G R Colvin, RN
On completion of post refit trials resumed
service with 3rd Flotilla and based in Holy Loch
Sailed for Arctic deployment in support of
passage of Russian Convoy PQ18.
During search for major German warships reported
by HM Submarine TRIBUNE as a
threat to PQ14, TIGRIS fired five torpedoes at
German warships KOLN, SCHEER and
HIPPER. These exploded astern of the German
Nominated for transfer to 8th Submarine
Passage to Algiers to join Flotilla
Deployed in Mediterranean for interception
Sank Italian submarine PORFIDO off Sardinia
9 4 3
Deployed for interception duties in Eastern
mercantile of 4,413 (?) tons.
from Malta to carry out patrol south of Naples.
Sighted in position south of Capri.
depth charge attacks by escort of enemy convoy
SE of Capri.
Sunk by UJ2210 with no survivors.
(Note: Other sources record sinking in Gulf of
Naples during March probably by a mine.)