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Encyclopedia > British B class submarine
HMS B4
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The B class was a class of eleven submarines of the Royal Navy, built by Vickers and launched in 1904–1906. Most served in World War I. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1052x795, 72 KB)HMS B4, a B class submarine. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1052x795, 72 KB)HMS B4, a B class submarine. ... A ship class is a group of ships of a similar design. ... USS Los Angeles A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate underwater. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... The Vickers corporation, founded as the Vickers Company in 1828, was a British manufacturer, primarily of military equipment. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...


Design

The B class was similar in design to the A class, intended for coastal patrol work. The boats had petrol engines for surface propulsion and batteries for underwater propulsion. The design was intended to overcome the limitations of speed, endurance and seakeeping that affected the boats of the A class, and the boats were substantially longer and heavier. Improvements were made to surface speed, about 12 to 10 knots (22 to 19 km/h) for the A class, and endurance (1,300 to 600 nautical miles (2400 to 1100 km), but the underwater speed of 7 knots (13 km/h) was much the same. Seakeeping was improved by the addition of a deck casing, and underwater manoeuvrability by the addition of hydroplanes. The A class was the Royal Navys first class of British-designed submarines. ... A hydroplane (or hydro, or thunderboat) is a very specific type of motorboat used exclusively for racing. ...


History

B2 sank off Dover on 4 October 1912 after colliding with SS Amerika. Location within the British Isles. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ...


By World War I, the boats of this class were obsolescent, and some were quickly relegated to training duties. Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...


B6 to B11 were sent to the Mediterranean on the outbreak of World War I. On 13 December 1914, B11, commanded by Lieutenant Norman Douglas Holbrook, entered the Dardanelles and torpedoed the Turkish battleship Mesudiye. The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Norman Douglas Holbrook Norman Holbrook (b. ... The Dardanelles (Turkish: Çanakkale Boğazı), formerly Hellespont, is a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. ... HMS Victory in 1884 In naval history, battleships were the most heavily armed and armored warships afloat. ...


Due to lack of spare parts, these boats ceased to be used after 1915, and were converted to surface patrol boats and renamed S6 to S11. S10 was sunk on 9 August 1916 by Austrian air attack. The remaining boats served in the Adriatic and at Malta. August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... The Adriatic Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea separating the Apennine peninsula (Italy) from the Balkan peninsula, and the system of the Apennine Mountains from that of the Dinaric Alps and adjacent ranges. ...


Characteristics

  • Displacement: 287 tons surfaced; 316 tons submerged
  • Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h) surfaced, 7 knots (13 km/h) submerged.
  • Range: 1,300 nautical miles (2400 km) at 8 knots (15 km/h) on the surface.
  • Complement: 15
  • Armament: 2 x 18 in (457 mm) bow torpedo tubes


A modern torpedo, historically called a self propelled torpedo, is a self-propelled guided projectile that (after being launched above or below the water surface) operates underwater and is designed to detonate on contact or in proximity to a target. ...

British B-class submarine
B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 | B6 | B7 | B8 | B9 | B10 | B11

List of submarines of the Royal Navy

List of submarine classes of the Royal Navy

 
 

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