Date(s) - Apr 23, Thu
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Load from 08:30, brief 09:30 ropes off 10:15
HMS Sidon 34m
HMS Sidon was a S -class Royal Navy submarine launched in September 1944 built by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. On the morning of 16 June 1955, HMS Sidon was moored alongside the depot ship HMS Maidstone in Portland Harbour. She was about to be testing a new peroxide (HTP) powered MK12 torpedo code-named ‘Fancy’. However one of the torpedoes exploded on board the submarine prior to the test. HMS Sidon flooded and sank within 20 minutes taking with her 13 men including Maidstone’s medical officer, Temporary Surgeon Lieutenant Charles Eric Rhodes. He had gone aboard with the rescue party, assisted several survivors, and suffocated because he was using a DSEA set that he had not been trained to use. One week later the wreck was raised and towed into a causeway on Chesil Beach. The bodies of the 13 casualties were removed and buried in the Portland Royal Naval Cemetery. The torpedo programme was terminated and the torpedoes taken out of use by 1959. HMS Sidon was refloated, then sunk to act as an ASDIC target on 14 June 1957
She lies north-west to south-east and rises 8m off the seabed. Distance from Weymouth 14 miles.
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