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HMS/M Auriga S69 submarine at Halifax,NS 1960
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No: 1766   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1960   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Canada
HMS/M Auriga S69 submarine at Halifax,NS 1960

HM Submarine at Halifax Dockyard, Nova Scotia 1960. Auriga built by Vickers -Armstrong, Barrow 1945. Displ surface 1,385 tons; LOA 283 ft; beam 22.25ft; draught 17 ft. Mach: diesel/ electric 2 shaft, 4,300/ 1,250 BHP; 18 kts surface/ 9 knots submerged. Crew 60. Auriga stationed on Halifax with 6th Submarine Sqdn at time of photo.
Picture added on 12 April 2007
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Hi Ken, you have some very interesting photos, thank you for sharing them
regards Paul

Added by Paul Mara on 13 April 2007.
Hi Paul, thankyou for your kind remarks. Did you see the photo of the drydock at Sembawang, Singapore, I was wondering if you'd been there, or if you knew anything else about it. Regards, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 13 April 2007.
Hello back Ken, Sorry mate I have never been to to the dry dock, but will ask my son if he has any info for you .Take care Paul

Added by Paul Mara on 14 April 2007.
I served on board the Auriga 1957, we based in the Shetlands carrying out deep dives under the ice testing sonar equipment. On one occasion we surfaced in the early hours of the morning to hear on the radio that our boat was missing, because our surfacing signal to our surface ship had been bounced to Malta, it took some time to get the message through to our surface ship that we were O.K. In the meantime subsmash 1 had been put into operation.

Added by Michael H Marketis on 22 June 2007.
Hi Michael, did you ever get stationed at Halifax with 6th SubSqdn?

Added by Ken Watson on 22 June 2007.
Hello Ken, no I never did get to Halifax although we spent many months carrying out deep dives in the Atlantic ocean. I was lucky enough to send most of my time in boats working with Boffins so was never attached to any particular Sqdn. Regards Michael.

Added by Michael H Marketis on 23 June 2007.
Hello Ken, I was on Auriga from 1970 to 1972 but she had a 4inch gun at that time
but your 1960 picture does'nt show this. Do you know when it was fitted? I know it was taken off during 72 refit, which is when i left her and the navy.

Added by Dave Stephens on 18 August 2008.
Hi Dave: Only A Boats with guns which I recall were prior to being fitted with the sail and streamlined. I never saw, nor knew of one so fitted post modernization. Strange! Regards, Ken

Added by Ken Watson on 20 August 2008.
Hello Ken:

Appreciate your photo - I got to sail with a number of Brit Ex-Sumariners, in the Canadian Coast Guard and other ships, who had been stationed in Halifax.

This era was before Canada got its own submarine fleet going.

These guys were always good for great sea-stories, during the Watches.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 26 August 2008.
Yes Pat, my era, RCN 1960s. YVT, Ken, Halifax, N.S.

Added by Ken Watson on 26 August 2008.
If this is "s69" as claimed in the text above, then it is not repeat not submarine auriga. in 1960 she was s09 but in late 1961 then back home in the uk she became s69

Added by GODFREY DYKES on 13 April 2009.
Hello. Further to my comment posted on the 13th April, if you are at all interested in HM Submarine Auriga have a look at this webpage. PENNANT NUMBERS.htm
I was the Petty Officer Radio Man [the RS] on the Auriga from 1962 until 1968 leaving her only when she refitted in Portsmouth UK between the Canadian [Halifax] Commission and her Far East [Singapore] Commission. During that refit period I served in HM Submarine Grampus [S04]. Regards.

Added by GODFREY DYKES on 14 April 2009.
Sir: This IS Auriga, however the pennant is impossible to read, could be 09 or 69, I would agree, she changed pennants about this time 60-61. Hair splitting. Have a good watch Godfrey.You can always tell a Kipper, but you can't tell him much., Yours, Ken.

Added by Ken Watson on 14 April 2009.
I have a brass plate showing HM Auriga's Torpedo Firing Reservoirs, dated 4/9/68.
I aquired this plate when I worked at Rosyth Naval Base in the late 60's. It now has pride of place above my fireplace.
Shortly after I left Rosyth in the 70's, the boat was sold to the Brazilian navy. Last word from that country is that she is still afloat.

Added by Colin Campbell on 23 May 2009.
I Was the RS (POTS)on Auriga in 1969/70 Frank Worthington was the CO...have wonderful memories, I was also on Alaric...Artful....Alliance...Astute...they all look alike to me except fot the 4 inch gun.

Taff Bevan...demobbed Chief Radio Supervisor in 1975

Added by on 05 January 2010.
I joined Auriga when she returned from the Far East in 68, taking round to Chatham for a refit then stayed on as engineers store keeper. I was on there when we had the battery explosion in the Med in 70. I left the Auriga on the and went into Drake barraks, where I left the Navy on the 3rd June 1970.

Added by ' Pony ' Moore M(E)1 on 06 September 2010.
I was on the Auriga from 1st April 68 till 31st May 1970. Regardless of what Godfrey Dykes says in 'Submarine Pennant Numbers' about the battery explosion, we were on the surface at the time and those in the forward messes made there way out of the forward hatch and spent the rest of the night in the conning tower. I know, I was there.

Added by ' Pony ' Moore M(E)1 on 06 September 2010.
Thanks for your input 'Pony' always good to hear straight from 'live' witnesses. All best wishes from Canada, Your Ken 'Soapy'Watson ex ERA, RCN, 1960's.

Added by Ken Watson on 07 September 2010.
i joined the Auriga in Singapore, in June 67, and left in April 70.I was on watch on the bridge when the battery there anyone who remembers Bordeaux in late 69?

Added by Dave Lycett(ex Ab Uc) on 23 October 2010.
Had a good run with 'Vasco' the navigator, Lt.(Dave)Sandiford and the Tanky 'Goldy'.
I was in the forends during the bang. Nearly 'face aft and salute time'..!

Added by Strawbs. Killick forendie..! on 26 October 2010.
hello strawbs, you are the first one posting comments about the Auriga, who I remember. do you keep in touch with any one else from that time? sandy sandford was the best officer I knew. I met his brother in gib in the late 80s

Dave Lycett (ex ab uc)

Added by Dave Lycett(ex Ab Uc) on 27 October 2010.
I was a EM1 on the Auriga in 1965 took her from the UK to the Far East via Aden. The captain was LT/CMD Roundturner, other em`s included Tubby Harding and Taff Evens

Added by EM1 Allan Simmonds[Simmo] on 06 January 2011.
To add to my last comment we had the 4inch gun in 1965 as I have a photo of me next to the gun alongside in Singapore.

Added by EM1 Allan Simmonds[Simmo] on 11 January 2011.
Wotcha Dave,
Yes, Rodney the Grocer, Goldy the Tanky, Stormy Bullard, stoker Nat King, also, David Tall 5th hand OBE Ended up Commodore and now with Plymouth Argylle F.C.His brother Jeff was I/c S/m museum.Also an OBE and Bomber Skipper.
Still havent found Sandy Sandiford. Any Ideas..?
If so I'm on

Cheers oppo.

Added by Strawbs on 27 May 2011.
Auriga changed her pennant no on 1st May 1960. I was onboard her at the time. It was reputed that the skipper sent a signal to s/m Hooray Hooray the 1st of May sixtyniners starts today. I can't say I actually saw said signal. good story anyway.

Added by Brian Speaky Lowe on 21 October 2012.
We painted out the pennant number in Aden...en route to the fez...about 1965....

Added by Ivor Williams... on 25 September 2013.
I am still dubious that the photo is of the Auriga as I am sure we had the snort mast in the fin as opposed to the hinged one as in the photo.

Added by 'Pony' Moore, engine room store keeper 1968-70 on 25 September 2013.
Hi Allan....remember yourself...Taff...Tubby etc...happy days out the Fez...

Added by Ivor Williams on 27 September 2013.
Hi Ivor. Sorry can`t recall you at the present, its the age, what branch were you in and what rank. If you go to PENNANTS NUMBERS.htm You should find a photo of the crew taken on the casing down in Gus. All the Best Simmo.

Added by Allan Simmonds on 28 September 2013.
Hi Alan....I have that photo as well...I was mainly after ends with Roy Cheshire...also did messman at one in Jockland now.

Added by Ivor Williams on 29 September 2013.
Hi Ivor, I bumped into Don Hickman a couple of years ago, we swapped E Mail addresses , so far he has sent some photo`s of up homer`s in Singapore, and a list of every member of the crew.

Added by Allan Simmonds on 10 October 2013.
Thanks Alan....remember Don as well...I think you lived on the IOW if I remember correctly...

Editor: gents, for more personal chatter you can email each other (hovver over blue name, right mouse button - copy email address)

Added by Ivor Williams... on 29 October 2013.
joined auriga in devonport , then to singapore great boat , went to amphion when auriga went back to uk, rember all names as mentioned.lived in new zealand for past 40 years

Added by Frank Simmons Forendsman Uw3, L/sea on 10 September 2014.
Hi. Anybody remember my father-in-law Roy Player think he was on until around 64 (know he went to New York)

Added by Lynn Player on 29 May 2015.
Good to see the names Taff Jacobs, Stormy Bullard and Nat King. Stirred up a lot of memories. I was the last man taken off Auriga after battery explosion in the Med 1970.

Added by Big Len (Hanson) on 09 July 2015.
sorry to report the sad death of Danny Reagan from Cheltenham. he was the forend killick,

Added by Dave Stephens (steve) stoker on 10 July 2015.
I was on the Auriga when the Thresher was lost.Lynn....I remember your father in law Smokey Player other names I remember Artie Boden the Cannuck TI, Les Thorpe Cox'n Tony Tudour , Curly Waterkamp, Stan Pearce, Fred Chapman, Sid Venn afterendy I think the skipper was Bromback, my first boat out of Dolphin 2 did Boston, New York (worlds fair) and Bermuda then brought her home.Brilliant first boat and crew.I was the only UA on board and a bit of skin then but all changed now I'm afraid.

Added by Bill Edge (Razor) on 20 September 2015.
Hi Bill will tell him, his long term memory not great now though 😞

Added by Lynn Playet on 21 September 2015.
Thanks Lynn, he was a top man !!!!

Added by Bill edge on 22 September 2015.
So sad he don't remember you now, but recognised some of names you mentioned

Added by Lynn Player on 22 September 2015.
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