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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 5 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Subsmash: The Mysterious disappearance of HM Submarine Affray (Hardcover)
I am very grateful to the member of the Amazon staff who went to considerable efforts to obtain a copy of this book for me. It is an excellent summary of the course of events but possibly the author is too young to actually remember the incident and there were a couple of points not covered.

In the post WW2 years the Chiefs of Staff were trying to convince the various incoming governments that Britain was still a world power and should remain despite the vast cost of keeping up this pretence. The net result of trying to keep up this pretence was to have as many ships available as possible and numbers of RN ships and other vessels that weren't really seaworthy were probably being sent to sea.

The other point is that after the hard usage of wartime the post war equipment in british shipbuilding industry was usually of scrap heap value only and the result was a desperate effort to turn out any kind of production, usually involving compulsory piecework as unscrupuous employers tried to further exploit dilapidated machinery. It seems possible that some welder with one eye on the clock and decrepit equipment trying desperately to weld a badly designed snort mast which may be the root cause of the loss of the "Affray".

Whatever theories may be advanced a badly designed and welded snort mast still seems the most likely explanation for the loss but still leaves the mystery of why the Admiralty so abruptly terminated the salvage efforts.

One possibility remains though. Several of the former crew seem to have had severe misgivings about the seaworthiness about this vessel For the Admiralty the evidence of a lost submarine due to bad component design and shoddy workmanship would be best left on the seabed.
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