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Scuba Diving in Puglia, Italy, Europe

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Dive Site: HMS Regent

Location: Barletta, Puglia, Italy, Europe

Description: Wreck of a British submarine

Length: 40 metres (130 feet)

Depth: 35 metres (115 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 25 metres (15 - 80 feet)

Rating: *****

Known as the HMS Regent, in reality a small Italian submarine used in the last part of WWII as tanker and minefield signal.

Stefano Di Cagno, IT PDIC



A few relatives, namely myself and Dick Trice will be launching a web site covering only the Regent. We hope that the site will be a way to contact relatives and enlarge on the history of the submarine. We would also like to visit the site in 2013 on the anniversary of the loss. The web site should be running in early summer 2008.

Ron Johns

Note from dsd: We will be linking to the site from this page once it’s live.



The HMS Regent was documented and honoured by RN memorial service over the site in 2003. A DVD has been made by Italian divers 'Mr Diver' operating out of Bisceglie. My uncle was warrant officer RV Baker lost on 16th April 1943. I am now involved with tracing 3 or 7 known escapees fate from the submarine.

Ron Johns



My great uncle was Leading Stoker David Howard Imison on board this boat (HMS Regent) when it sunk in 1943. I am trying to trace any photos or more information about this boat and its crew prior to its loss. Please contact dive site directory if you can help me in any way. Many thanks.

Carrie Wilson



My grandfather was chief engine room artificer, Willian or Bill 'Trixie' Trice. I have heard about 4 bodies found off HMS Regent and would be interested if any one has any more detail.

Dick Trice



My great uncle was Able Seaman Robert Harvey, the RN Submarine Musium. I have a few photos of Regent in Malta before her last voyage. As far as I know she was a British built vessel, not Italian as mention in the dive report above.

Garry Prismall



My father, Benjamin William Foster, died on the HMS Regent. He was 25 years old when he died.

Anne Foster Angelou



My great uncle was Telegraphist Sydney A. A. Cox and I would wish that this wreck is treated with the utmost respect and that no artefacts are removed from what is in effect a war grave.

Robert Jack



My mother was engaged to Len Lipscombe who died on HMS Regent at the time of the sinking by the mine explosion. Any information, pictures on Len or the HMS Regent would be greatly appreciated.

Does anyone have information concerning the DVD made by the Italian divers who discovered the wreck of HMS Regent?

I have seen a couple of still photographs but a DVD would be invaluable.

Trevor Sutton



My uncle was on HMS Regent when it was sunk, his name was Robert William Brown age 21, he was a stoker.

Sheila Ozanne



My father Raymond Clifford was the Chief Petty Officer on the Regent when she sank on April 18th, 1943. Concerning the four bodies which were found several days after the sinking, I enquired to The Admiralty what happened to these and was told they were buried at sea, which I find hard to believe in war time. May they rest in peace and I hope no divers take any artifacts from this war grave.

Sylvia Clifford Vaughan



My uncle was on HMS Regent when it sank but I know nothing of him at all... I know his name and his number and where he is rememered. His name was Able seaman Percival GT Foxhall, aged 21 when it sank. God bless them all and may they be at peace, and as already said, please do not touch the sub as it is a war grave and should be left as it is due to living relatives wanting them to be at peace...thank you.

Diane Mathers



My uncle, Alfred Backhouse, was lost with the Regent. He was an Asdic operator and had made a 'pierhead jump' from Unseen (which survived the war). My father, Ernest Backhouse, who was on Unshaken was in Malta with his brother at the same time. He has a photograph which a friend of his took of Regent leaving Valetta for her last patrol. I will happily send a copy to anyone who wants one.

Martin Backhouse



My uncle, Albert Rawlings, was on the Regent and I would love to know where his name may be commemorated on a memorial.

Kris Mee | 19/09/09



My uncle Petty Officer Sidney Bayliss was sadly lost on HMS Regent. He joined the navy in 1929 as a boy of 16. He married shortly before his final voyage while HMS Regent was in USA.

Carol Swift | 23/12/09



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