|Photographer:||Chris Howell [View profile]||Title:||HMS RORQUAL||Added:||May 16, 2009|
|Captured:||June 03, 1979||IMO:||Unavailable||Hits:||1,700|
|Location:||Plymouth, United Kingdom|
|being broken up
owned lside with copyright
photo Peter Davey
HMS Rorqual (S02) was a Porpoise-class submarine launched in 1956. She was built by the Vickers shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The boat was named for both the Rorqual whale and the earlier Second World War-era submarine of the same name.
In 1958, Rorqual experienced a fire. In 1963, she was caught in a trawler's net. An explosion in 1966 killed two crew members and injured twenty; Rorqual was off the coast of Mozambique en route to Singapore. In 1969, Rorqual rammed a moored minesweeper, USS Endurance (MSO-435) while docking at River Point pier in Subic Bay, Philippines. The collision punched a large hole in Endurance's hull but did not damage Rorqual. At the time of the incident, Rorqual was commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Gavin Menzies who retired the following year and later published the controversial book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.
Rorqual won the SOCA Efficiency trophy in 1973.
Rorqual arrived at the Laira breakers yard near Plymouth on 5 May 1977. She was broken up by Davies & Cann.