Submarine Visits Lerwick 1941

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Murmanseld
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Submarine Visits Lerwick 1941

Post by Murmanseld » Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:08 pm

Hi Platon,
For 1941 I list only 12 visits, with a breakdown of four British, four Dutch and four French. Details for the FFS Minerve arriving Lerwick on the 04/09, 17/10, 27/10 and 28/11 where from and to, also patrol numbers would be very helpful.
Thanks
John
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Re: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1941

Post by Platon Alexiades » Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:38 pm

Hi John,

FFS Minerve arrived at Lerwick at 1400 hours on 4/9/1941 from a patrol off Sognefjord (her fifth under British control).

She sailed from Lerwick at 1400/16/9/1941 for her sixth patrol (off Frojsjoen Fjord). On completion of this patrol, she proceeded directly to Dundee for repairs and arrived there on 1st October.

She sailed from Dundee at 1215/17 October and proceeded to Lerwick with the Dutch submarine O.14 escorted by Loch Monteith and arrived there at 1728/18 October.

Sailed from Lerwick at 0800/19 October for her 7th patrol off Obrestad. On completion of patrol went again straight to Dundee for more repairs where she arrived at 0700/4 November (she did not go to Lerwick on 27/10 as you wrote). She then sailed from Dundee for Scapa (23-24 November). She sailed from Scapa for her 8th patrol at 1730/25 November but was diverted to Lerwick because of defects. She arrived at Lerwick at 1105/28 November and sailed at 1515/28 November for Dundee and more repairs.

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Platon
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Re: Submarine Visits Lerwick 1941

Post by Murmanseld » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:32 pm

Hi Platon,
Excellent information on Minerve and my records for her in 1941 now amended and corrected. The port records were occasionally vague regarding submarine arrivals with the entry simply noted as ‘Submarine‘ with arrival and maybe sail dates, a flag (or not!) and a number or name, more especially for the foreign subs. One imagines that with all the other wartime movements through the port that the submarines maybe weren’t the easiest to keep track of.
Thanks again
John
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