Here you will find each entry for In Depth by Smudge in reverse cronological order - Enjoy!
IN DEPTH 7 June 2018
The latest in Pete Smith's series of interviews follows on from last week's obit - here is the Interview of Huw Gethin. He has also provided:
Sorry I’m running late, but this is almost a personal storey as we were doing our parts one in Dolphin and had completed our tank when this happened. I do not think this will ever happen again as we have made many changes to the way we do refits, but in 1971 people could have been killed, those submariners were very lucky. The photo of Artemis was taken in 1971 in Malta prior to her refit at Portsmouth. The headline to this storey says everything.
Sorry I’m running late, but this is almost a personal story as we were doing our parts one in Dolphin and had completed our tank when this happened. I do not think this will ever happen again as we have made many changes to the way we do refits, but in 1971 people could have been killed, those submariners were very lucky. The photo of Artemis was taken in 1971 in Malta prior to her refit at Portsmouth. The headline to this storey says everything. THE SINKING OF HMS/m ARTEMIS
Dick Gough forwarded the following on the sinking of HMS Artemis
Hi #6 and all others reading your great dit.
Firstly thanks for the opportunity to have such a good read with the issues of The Grot.
I was in the UK and at HMS Dolphin doing my Part 1 and on the evening of 1 July 1971, I was the duty Leading Hand to go out on shore patrol in Gosport (another first-time adventure for me). As a good Submariner does we were in the Junior Sailor Wets tasting the fine English ales.
Suddenly at 1907 hrs the place became shocked with the Sub-Sunk alarm sounding. As is ordered, the room was emptied in a few seconds as we all went to our Sub-Sunk stations.
After a short period of "WTF" we were informed that HMS/m Artemis had sunk alongside the wharf and there were still 3 guys aboard her. Being duty Shore Patrol I was dressed in #1's uniform and being a ship's diver I had the diving helmet badge on my right sleeve. Anyway, the Duty Officer (DO) spotted me and sent me to get into a breathing
apparatus (BA) and get ready to go into the water. Once ready, I was dressed in white front, jocks and socks plus the BA and a rope around my gut.
My instructions were to swim out to the top of the fin, dive down the front of said fin and move along the forward casing and see what hatches were open.
Believe me, I was shit scared but proceeded to do as instructed. I jumped off the wharf and into the water where I lost my breath and suddenly had 2 lumps protruding from the front of my throat (I think they were something brass). Bloody hell it was cold. Anyway as I got to the gun hatch, The boat began to settle a bit, and for that to happen water goes in and air comes out. As that was happening the gun hatch itself began to open and close with force,
down with water and up with air. It was beginning to suck me into the hole. Once the bubbles hit the surface the DO told the guy holding my lifeline to pull me up. This guy obeyed super fast and as I hit the surface my face mask was all askew and my eyes were apparently like saucers.
I finally climbed up onto the wharf, the DO said to me "settle down you are not dead." After stripping off I was sent up to the galley to get a hot drink and warm up. That was the end of my night on Shore Patrol.
It is one evening I have not and will not forget.
Cheers for now,
Richard (Dick) Gough