Member of Class
Zwaardvis (1)
Boat
Tijgerhaai (1)
Sister Ships
Zwaardvis (1), Tijgerhaai (1)
Dolfijn (2), Zeehond (2)

 

Tijgerhaai (1) arriving in Portsmouth (England) for some escape training. Date unknown. (Photo: © M. van Vliet).

Tijgerhaai (1) arriving in Portsmouth (England) for some escape training. Date unknown. (Photo: © M. van Vliet).

 

 

1943

12 June 1943: Tarn is laid down at Vickers Armstrong, Barrow in Furness in the U.K.

1944

19 Nov 1944: Tarn is launched

Date unknown: Tarn is taken over by the Royal Netherlands Navy and is renamed Tijgerhaai (1).

1945

28 Mar 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) is commissioned to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

28 Mar 1945 - 3 Sep 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  A. van Altena.

4 Apr 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) arrives in Holy Loch (Scotland) for workup, trials and exercises.

8 May 1945: Germany surrenders.

26 May 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) leaves for Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

3 July 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) arrives in Holy Loch (Scotland).

5 Aug 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) departs from Holy Loch (Scotland) and sails via the Mediterranean, Batavia (Jakarta, Dutch East Indies)  to Australia.

15 Aug 1945: Japan surrenders.

Tijgerhaai (1) arrives too late in Australia to join the allies in the war against Japan.

Aug 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) is based at Fremantle.

Sep 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) is based at Tandjong Priok (Batavia/Jakarta).

Oct 1945: Tijgerhaai (1) conducts some patrols in the Java Sea to prevent the smuggling of arms.

These are probably (not confirmed) patrols in the Sunda Strait. A typical patrol would take 7-10 days and numerous vessels would be stopped and searched.

1946

Period unknown: Tijgerhaai (1) is is Fremantle (Australia) for maintenance.

1 Jan 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) is based in Batavia (Jakarta, Dutch East Indies) and conducts several patrols in Sunda Strait, Java Sea and Madura Strait.

?? April 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) captures the River Patrol boat RP 141 of the T.N.I. (Tentera Nasional Indonesia or Indonesian Armed Forces).

Please contact us if you have any additional information on this event, or have a photo of the RP 141.

15 May 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) boards and captures a tug boat. The tug boat is later transferred to the Balinese Navy as Klazina.

Please contact us if you have any additional information on this event, or have a photo of the Klazina.

3 Sep 1946 - 12 July 1948: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  Baron J.H. Mackay.

4 June - 3 Sep 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) depart from the Dutch East Indies and sails to the Netherlands.

3 Sep 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) arrives at the submarine base in Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

26 July 1946: Tijgerhaai (1) is the last Dutch submarine to return to the Netherlands following the war.

Tijgerhaai (1) is used for training.

1948

2 Sep 1948: Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands visits the Tijgerhaai (1).

1949

23 Mar - 1 Sep 1949: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. II  H.M. van der Veen.

July 1949: Tijgerhaai (1), O 27 and the Vulkaan make a trip to Gothenburg (Sweden) and Trondheim (Norway).

July 1929: Tijgerhaai (1) participates in exercise Verity.

1950

12 Sep 1950 - 21 Apr 1951: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. II  / Ltz. I  J. van Nieuwenhuizen.

1952

23 Jan 1952 - 15 Apr 1952: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  R. van Wely.

1952: Tijgerhaai (1) visits Lisbon (Portugal).

1953

1 June - 18 Dec 1953: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  J. Fennema.

1954

1 Mar - 5 Apr 1954: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of P.S. Niemeyer.

10 June - 27 Sep 1954: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of H. Starink.

27 Sep - 28 Oct 1954: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  G.P.F. Munnik.

28 Oct - 26 Nov 1954: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of J.W. Oosterbaan.

1955

Mid June 1955: In March 2001 Jeffrey Robert Carter writes: "Tijgerhaai was inboard of HMS/M Sidon when she had her torpedo explosion (16 June 1955) which killed 13 men, and when the Tijgerhaai went back to Holland she too had an accident when she had a battery explosion. A mate on board lost an ear.  Don't know his name but would like to know if he is still alive and how he is doing"

The batteries exploded because a mechanic filled them with normal water, instead of de-mineralised water.

12 Apr - 30 Nov 1955: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of P.S. Niemeyer.

18 Oct 1955 at 18:55 hrs: Tijgerhaai (1) anchors in Weymouth Bay (England) at position S-2. She uses 50 meters of chain and the water depth is 11.5 meters. The Gelderland is about 0.2 NM away.

19 Oct 1955 at 02:05 hrs: Tijgerhaai (1) runs aground in Weymouth Bay (England). She is  anchored in the bay but because of the strong  S-E wind the sub and her anchor do not stay in position. The Cdt. tries to get the boat free but when only 40% of the battery capacity remains he decides to call in the help of a tug boat. While waiting for the tug the main ballast tank is flooded to prevent the submarine from further entering the shallow waters. The first tug returns half way in order to get a tug with less draught. This second tug arrives at 05:45 hrs. At 06:00 the submarine tries again to get herself free. Both engines are set to 'all back' and the main tank is blown. At about 06:12 she finally gets free. Tijgerhaai (1) sails to Portland (England) and moors alongside the HMS Maidstone.

The submarine sustains the following damage:

- Bottom plate near the attachment of the 'roerkoning' in the tail fin at frame 151 is pushed back about 1 cm.
- Bottom plate of the keel is pushed back 2 cm between frame 121 and 125.
- On starboard side a 0.25x100x50 cm dent at frame 76.
- A dent of 0.5x50x50 cm between frame 65 and 71.
- In main tank 3 four frames are pushed back 1.5 cm over a length of 50 cm and both aft kingstons do not close properly anymore.
- On port side a 1.5x70x70 cm dent between frame 66 and 71.
- The roster of the dive tank kingston is dented.
- A dent of 1.5x40x40 cm at frame 78.
- A dent of 2x40x40 cm between frame 79 and 82.
- In main tank 3 four frames are pushed back 2 cm over a length of 100 cm and both aft kingstons do not close properly anymore.
- The kingston of main tank 5 are jammed because there is sand in the mechanism.
- All main tanks have sand and small stones in them.
- The aft dive plane is missing 2 'zinkstukken'.
- The tops of the screw blades have jagged (1 cm deep) edges.
- The 'drukstuk' of the screw cone is missing nuts and the threaded pieces are either bend or missing.
-  Damage to asdic dome, bilge keels and other extruding parts.
- Stay-Brite-Steel plate pushed in and cracked in an area of 15x6 cm.
- Forward 'schegstang' bend and broken off.
- 'Schegkabel' loose in some areas and several wires broken.

1956

15 Mar - 28 July 1956: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of P.S. Niemeyer.

1957

1 July - 20 Sep 1957: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of M. Deege.

20 Sep 1957 - 18 Aug 1958: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of J.R. Roele.

1958

18 Aug 1958 - 7 Apr 1959: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  D. Schrijvershof.

1959

Autumn: Tijgerhaai (1) participates in an exercise in the Irish Sea. During which she also visits Londonderry

 

1959

9 Feb 1959: Tijgerhaai (1) and Zwaardvis (1) depart from Rotterdam and sail to the English Channel. The ships are part of squadron I, which is under the command of Ktz. G.J. Platerink.

7 Apr - 14 Apr 1959: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of K.H.L. Gerretse.

16 Nov 1959 - 6 Jan 1961: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of K.H.L. Gerretse.

1961

Dec 1960 or Jan 1961 - Jan or Feb 1962 Tijgerhaai (1) is streamlined. All external tubes are removed, breastworks removed, deck gun removed,  casing and bow given a finer line. A shroud is installed around the periscope standards.

During the refit all batteries are moved (and probably replaced), the main motors overhauled, the diesels taken apart.

1962

1962: The Tijgerhaai (1) conduct some escape training in Portsmouth (England).

12 Mar - 7 Dec 1962: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of J.J. Vaessen.

7 Dec 1962 - 26 Sep 1963: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of J.H.L.M. Lohmeijer.

1964

9 Mar - 13 Apr 1964: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of J.H. van Rede.

13 Apr - 11 Dec 1964: Tijgerhaai (1) is under the command of C.H.E. Brainich von Brainich-Felth.

11 Dec 1964: Tijgerhaai (1) is decommissioned from active service but kept in reserve.

1965

29 Sep 1965 or 13 Oct 1965: Tijgerhaai (1) is decommissioned.

5 Nov 1965: Tijgerhaai (1) is sold for brake up. Possibly (not confirmed) to Goede, Hey en Mantel in Amsterdam.

 

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