HM Submarine Umpire
Ordered under the 1939 emergency war programme, Umpire was laid down on 1 January 1940 and launched by Mrs Hawes on 30 December 1940.
She was the second vessel to have this name, the first was in 1917.
Following her launch, Umpire moved from the river into the basin via the north lock at 1445 on Monday 30th December 1940. Nearing completion, she left the basin via the North lock and headed out into the river at 0855 on Monday 16th June 1941.
Umpire was completed on 10 July 1941 and departed the Medway on 19 July on passage to the Clyde with the Convoy EC4. Later that day after mechanical defects were reported she broke down and fell astern of the convoy. During the night, off the Cromer coast, one of the escort trawlers of Convoy FS44 travelling in the other direction to EC4, collided with Umpire.
The Captain Lt. M R G Wingfield DSO DSC RN and Lt. E P Young DSO DSC RNVR plus fourteen ratings survived but sixteen others were lost.
The link that follows shows a memorial to Lt. P C McC Banister DSC