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The Mysterious Disappearance
of H.M. Submarine AFFRAY


First published in the United Kingdom in 2007 by Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

ISBN 978-0-7509-4656-8

A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering and decoration to the spine. Book has been read but is
still in NEAR FINE condition, as is the un-price clipped dust wrapper which is in a protective sleeve.

Price £12.00 plus postage !

16 APRIL 1951: British submarine HMS Affray, carrying seventy-five officers and ratings, eases its way into the Solent on a routine peacetime `war exercise'. She dives, never again to resurface. The Royal Navy transmits the signal `Subsmash' indicating that a submarine is in trouble. They have just days to find Affray and rescue her crew before oxygen supplies run out.

Britain holds its breath while all available ships and searching aircraft undertake what becomes the country's largest ever sea-air rescue operation.
Five days later the Admiralty announces there is no longer hope of finding Affray or her crew. Had Affray collided with another vessel? Was she the victim of Cold War espionage? Was she overloaded? Had an explosion taken place on board?

Two months later, underwater radar on board HMS Loch Inch discovers a cigar-shaped object sitting on the seabed in nearly 300ft of water, 40 miles away from where Affray had dived. Divers and crews using primitive underwater television equipment confirm they have found Affray. They find no outward signs of damage, but closer examination reveals that Affray's 35ft-long snort mast is detached leaving a 14in gash in her hull. Was this the cause of the disaster?

A top-secret Admiralty Board of Inquiry concludes that metal fatigue is responsible for shearing off Affray's snort mast while cruising at periscope depth. Experienced submariners disagree, stating that the mast snapped after the submarine hit the seabed. So, what really sent seventy-five men to their deaths?

Alan Gallop investigates Affrays disappearance, using once top-secret documents, transcripts from the official inquiry, contemporary newspaper and broadcast coverage, interviews with relatives who lost family members on the submarine and sailors who took part in the search.
The book features informed opinion from submarine and diving experts and reveals that in 1951 the Admiralty withheld important information from both the government and the public about submarine safety measures.

Subsmash is a fascinating and fast-moving recreation of HMS Affray's last mission and the effects of its loss on the relatives and
shipmates of those who perished. The book asks a number of questions still demanding answers more than half a century after the doomed submarine made its final dive.

The un-price clipped dust wrapper, which is in a protective sleeve, is in NEAR FINE condition. The un-price clipped dust wrapper, which is in a protective sleeve, is in NEAR FINE condition. A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine in NEAR FINE condition.

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165 mm. x 240 mm. Weight wrapped >0.75 kilo. Pages 206.

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