Remembrance Events
01 Jun 12:00

HMS Thetis 85th Anniversary

place Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead. Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Treseifion Road, Holyhead, UK expand_more
Organized by arrow_forward_ios Merseyside Branch

HMS Thetis 85th Anniversary

The Merseyside Branch of the Submariners Association, in conjunction with Wallasey RNA, are marking the 85th Anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis.

The submarine sank during a trial dive in Liverpool Bay on June 1, 1939, due to the inadvertent flooding of her torpedo tubes. The flooding was caused by a combination of technical malfunctions and human error. Despite efforts to save her, 99 of the 103 crew perished. The incident led to major changes in submarine safety procedures and design.

As a significant year, both associations are travelling to the Thetis Memorial at Maeshyfryd Cemetery in Holyhead on Saturday 1st June to remember the submariners lost onboard.

Details of the trip as follows:

0915 – Depart Liverpool (Lime St Station)

0930 – Depart Birkenhead (Woodside Coach layby, Hamilton Square)

1150 – Arrive Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead

1200 – Remembrance for HMS Thetis

1215 – Depart for Holyhead Maritime Museum (Adults £6, Over 60s £5, Children under 16 free)

o/c refreshments at Holyhead Sailing Club

1430 – Depart Holyhead

1615 – Arrive Birkenhead

1630 – Arrive Liverpool

If interested to join, please contact Richard James at or on 07970 689899 with approximate numbers.

(It may also be possible to arrange transport from Holyhead station if intending to travel directly.)


In tribute to those lost the Maritime Museum has a special exhibit illustrating this tragic story, which contains many interesting artifacts and photographs.

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