Allied Warships

ORP Jastrzab (P 551)

Submarine of the S-1 class

NavyThe Polish Navy
PennantP 551 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down26 Oct 1918 
Launched29 May 1920 
Commissioned4 Nov 1941 
Lost2 May 1942 
Loss position71° 30'N, 12° 32'E

Originally the US submarine S-25. She was decommissioned and given to the Royal Navy on 4 November 1941. Because of a shortage of trained submarine crews within the Royal Navy the boat was lent to the Polish Navy which named her Jastrzab (Hawk).

Jastrzab (Kapitan Marynarki Boleslaw Romanowski) was mistakenly sunk by the Norwegian destroyer St. Albans and the British minesweeper HMS Seagull in the Norwegian Sea in position 71º30'N, 12º32'E. 5 men died and the Commanding officer survived though wounded.

Former nameUSS S-25

Commands listed for ORP Jastrzab (P 551)

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1Boleslaw Romanowski, ORP4 Nov 19412 May 1942

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Notable events involving Jastrzab include:

11 Nov 1941
HMS P 511 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) and ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) departed New London, Connecticut for Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (1)

18 Nov 1941
HMS P 511 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) and ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) both arrived at St. Johns, Newfoundland. (1)

26 Jan 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. Passage north was made together with ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) and FFS Rubis (Lt. H.L.G. Rousselot) which were en-route to Blyth and Dundee respectively. They were escorted by (until Scapa Flow) by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (2)


  1. ADM 199/400
  2. ADM 199/424

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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