December 8 (Fri) 1944, Scapa Flow, Orkney

6″ Sub calibre shoot at towed target in Flow, during forenoon. Two torpedoes were fired from the port tubes and recovered with the whalers. This manoeuvre took half the time taken on the last occasion which is a big improvement, and it is hoped to further cut the time down to 20 mins. At 1500 anchored in berth A1, near Flotta & the Flagship.

A torpedo before being lowered to the deck after it had been fired and recovered by a whaler. The dummy head used was fitted with a calcium float to indicate the position of the torpedo after it had finished its run. HMS Derwent. Image copr. IWM A13702. Source:,uk/collections/item/object/205186166




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