I first learnt about HMS Dasher in October 2001 when I was looking for a new idea for a video project after I had finished my video on HMS Royal Oak.

I ordered John and Noreen Steele's book "They were never told" and was amazed to read that here was the second worst Naval loss in home waters during WW11 after Royal Oak. But what really affected me was the Governments veil of secrecy which they have maintained to this day.

I contacted John and Noreen ( and we discussed the possibility of producing a video. My initial concern was that there would not be enough images to keep the subject interesting but I flew up to Ardrossan to view the work that they had collected. I was amazed by the number of slides and photographs they had amassed on a subject which the Government had kept top secret for 30 years up until 1973 when they quietly released a few relevant documents at The Public Records Office without contacting the families affected.

Even more amazing was that it was not really until the 1990's that the full details of HMS Dasher began to emerge, nearly 50 years after her sinking.

Peter Rowlands