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A George VI Submariners’ Wardroom Cocktail Shaker, 1938
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A George VI Submariners’ Wardroom Cocktail Shaker, 1938

Measurements: Height: 24cm (9.5in)

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A silver plated cocktail shaker bearing presentation inscription 'C.E.A.B. 8/9/38 Officers HMS Snapper’.

H.M. Submarine Snapper was launched on 25 October 1934 and at the outbreak of war returned from the Mediterranean to home waters and her base at Harwich. She was mistakenly attacked by a British aircraft when returning to Harwich after a patrol in the North Sea. Although suffering a direct hit, Snapper escaped damage. She went on to sink the small German tanker Moonsund, the German merchantman Florida, the German auxiliary minesweepers M 1701 / Behrens and M 1702 / Carsten Janssen, the German armed trawler V 1107 / Portland and the Norwegian merchant Cygnus. She also attacked the German armed merchant cruiser Widder but the torpedoes missed their target.

She left the Clyde on 29 January 1941 to patrol the Bay of Biscay. She should have arrived in her patrol area on 1 February. She was ordered to remain on station until 10 February and then to return with her escort. Snapper failed to make the rendezvous with the escort and was not heard from again. It is believed that she met her fate through a mine or that she was mortally damaged by a minesweeper which attacked a submarine in Snapper’s area on 11 February, although Snapper should have been out of the area by then. Other sources report that the S-class submarine was depth-charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay south west of Ushant, France by four German minesweepers with the loss of all 41 crew.
 

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