Letter: Campbeltown’s role in The Perisher

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Sir,

Shortly before the war ended in 1918, HMS Thames, the submarine depot ship, arrived at Campbeltown with her attendant submarines.

The Thames was the base for the Periscope School which trained submarine commanding officers in the principles of attacking.

The submarines were used to put theory into practice. The course later became known as the Submarine Commanding Officers’ Qualifying Course or as it is better known The Perisher.

In 1920, the Thames and her submarines moved back to Portland in the south of England but The Perisher returned to Scottish waters in 1940 during World War 2 and has remained there since.

I am researching the history of The Perisher, for a post graduate degree at King’s College, London: ‘Perisher: its history and efficacy in shaping the submarine commanding officer’.

I am specifically looking for confirmation of the presence of HMS Thames at Campbeltown.

If any Courier readers can help me in this venture I would be most grateful and they will receive credit for their information.

Dated photographs are the best confirmation but all and any other information such as letters, records or just family anecdotes help.

Courier readers can contact me at coqcstudy@gmail.com or by sending information to 26 Kiln Lane, Farnham, GU10 3LU.

Thanks in anticipation.

David Parry,

Farnham,

Surrey.