The model of a torpedo presented to Lieutenant “Jimmy” Launders DSO*, DSC* Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Venturer which sank U-864 on 9 February 1945, was formally handed over to Alex Geary one of the submarine archivists with the National Museum of the Royal Navy by Jock McLees, Vice Chairman of the Friends’ committee. The model was bought at auction by the National Museum for the Royal Navy Submarine Museum funded by a donation from the Friends of the RNSM. This artefact is of particular significance as it marks the only occasion upon which one submarine sank another while both were submerged.
Nick Hewitt, NMRN Head of Exhibitions, writes:
“I am so very grateful to the Friends of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum for supporting this important acquisition, which commemorates a unique event: the only time in history that one submarine, the Royal Navy’s HMS/M VENTURER, sank another (U-864) from a submerged position: an achievement which involved skill, persistence, courage and surely a little luck! NMRN is committed to collecting material which helps us tell the story of the Submarine Service, but this opportunity came along at an awkward time in the financial year for our purchasing budgets, so without the help of the Friends we would have lost this wonderful object. Thank you!”