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HMS K17
Career
Name: HMS K17
Builder: Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness
Commissioned: 1917
Fate: Sunk, 31 January 1918
General characteristics
Class & type: K-class submarine
Displacement: 1,980 long tons (2,010 t) surfaced
2,566 long tons (2,607 t) submerged
Length: 339 ft (103 m)
Beam: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
Draught: 20 ft 11 in (6.38 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 10,500 shp (7.8 MW) Brown-Curtis or Parsons geared steam turbines
2 × Yarrow boilers
4 × 1,440 hp (1,070 kW) electric motors
1 × 800 hp (600 kW) Vickers diesel generator for charging batteries on the surface
2 × 3-blade 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) diameter screws
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph) surfaced
8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged
Range: Surfaced :
800 nmi (1,500 km; 920 mi) at 24 kn (44 km/h; 28 mph)
12,500 nmi (23,200 km; 14,400 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Submerged :
8 nmi (15 km; 9.2 mi) at 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
40 nmi (46 mi; 74 km) at 4 kn (4.6 mph; 7.4 km/h)
Complement: 59 (6 officers and 53 ratings)
Armament: • 8 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes, (4 beam, 4 bow)
• 8 × spare torpedoes
• 2 × 18 in torpedo tubes fitted on deck (later removed)
• 2 × BL 4 in (100 mm) Mk.XI guns
• 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun

HMS K17 was a British K class submarine built by Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness.

Loss[]

K17 was sunk on 31 January 1918 during the night time fleet exercises later known as the Battle of May Island (Operation E.C.1) when she was attached to the 13th Submarine Flotilla. HMS Fearless ploughed into K17 at the head of a line of submarines. She sank in about 8 minutes with the loss of all hands.[1] The wreck is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.[2]

References[]

  • Hutchinson, Robert. Submarines, War Beneath The Waves, from 1776 to the Present Day. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 56°15′N 2°11′W / 56.25°N 2.183°W / 56.25; -2.183

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