HMS Sickle

Posted on 14 May 2008
Standard-bearer, Mick Vanner, and honorary Padre, Stephen, were invited with fellow Essex submariners to the service in Waltham Abbey on 8th May that marked the opening of an exhibition at the Epping Forest Museum that recalled the career and eventual loss with all hands in 1944 of the submarine, HMS Sickle.

Descendants of those on board joined with local dignitaries and others to remember and offer thanks for the Sickle. Stephen was privileged to give the sermon.

The opportunity to visit a number of local hostelries followed before the happy shipmates wended their way back to Southend!!!


John Dray pic

Yes, the image is of L9, a L class submarine. British L class submarine were originally planned under the emergency war programme as an improved version of the British E class submarine. The scale of change allowed the L class to become a separate class. The L class served throughout the 1920s and the majority were scrapped in the 1930s but three remained operational as training boats during World War II. The last 3 were scrapped in 1946 after long distinguished service. L9 predated the Sickle and was sold to Hong Kong on the 30th June 1927. So the image is also anachronistic.

Comment by John Dray on 19 May 2008 at 03:29 PM
John Dray pic

Both the L and C class have a similar displacement (L Class: 890 tons surfaced, 1074 tons submerged, C Class: 640 tons surfaced, 935 tons submerged) so the easiest way to identify them, like most submarines, is through the shame of their conning tower. The S class tower is far more square in appearence with its distinctive twin masts. Oh, and I think Gareth’s source of information is Mick, whilst mine is Wikipedia.

Comment by John Dray on 20 May 2008 at 09:02 PM
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