H.M.S. Shark

Discussion in 'War at Sea' started by High Wood, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

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    Clearly a submarine and quite possibly H.M.S. Shark.
     
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  2. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Don't they look a bit French for HM Submarine anything?

    Regards

    Tom
     
  3. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    They may do and the photograph may have been taken on an official visit to a French port. It is however, the ship's crest that looks to be very British.

    HMS Shark (54S) - Wikipedia
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    French submariners hats usually have a red 'bobble' on the top

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    TD
     
  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    A real conundrum. Crest certainly looks like HM Submarine Shark but the ratings aren't RN. RN ratings didn't wear striped shirts and the good conduct badges are on the wrong arm. I would have gone for French but as TD says no bobble on the cap. Dutch maybe? As one is armed they look like gangway security staff.

    Tim
     
  6. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Sadly, there is nothing on the back of the photograph to indicate place or date. The sailors look as if they are bored with hanging around, rather like bailiffs who have knocked on the door but cannot gain entry.
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

  8. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    High Wood,

    It’s not the same crest as on the Wikipedia page you linked to.

    It looks too big for a RN submarine crest.

    RegarTom
     
  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    There is indeed a branch called Royal Navy Police but it was only formed in 2007. Prior to that it was called the RN Regulating Branch.
    Major port areas would have a Naval Provost Marshal and under him would be the Naval Patrol. Ships had a Senior NCO called the Master at Arms with the number of Regulators under him dependent on the size of ship. Their duties though were the maintenance of discipline on board and ashore. Ship security was the responsibility of the ship's crew.

    Tim
     
  10. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    I guess we need some of our naval experts to define what type of U-boat or submarine it is

    Ah well done timuk, the gun area certainly seems to fit with the photos

    TD
     
  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

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  13. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Brilliant, many thanks, I am glad that we have positively managed to identify the submarine.
     
  14. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Sorry. That should read HMNLS not HMNS.
    Tim
     

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