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HMS Oswald (N58)
HMSM Odin WWII IWM FL 3191.jpg
Sister ship Odin
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Oswald
Ordered: 2 December 1926
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 30 May 1927
Launched: 19 June 1928
Commissioned: 1 May 1929
Identification: Pennant number: N58
Fate: Sunk, 1 August 1940
General characteristics
Class & type: Odin-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 1,781 long tons (1,810 t) (surfaced)
  • 2,030 long tons (2,060 t) (submerged)
Length: 283 ft 6 in (86.4 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Installed power:
  • 4,600 bhp (3,400 kW) (diesel)
  • 350 hp (260 kW) (electric motor)
Propulsion:
  • Diesel-electric
  • 2 × Vickers diesel engines
  • 2 × electric motors
  • 2 screws
  • Speed:
  • 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph) (surfaced)
  • 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) (submerged)
  • Range:
  • 8,400 nmi (15,600 km; 9,700 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (surfaced)
  • 70 nmi (130 km; 81 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) (submerged)
  • Test depth: 300 ft (91 m)
    Complement: 53–55 officers and ratings
    Armament:

    HMS Oswald was an Odin-class submarine built for the Royal Navy during the 1920s.

    Construction and career[]

    She was laid down by Vickers-Armstrongs at Barrow-in-Furness on 30 May 1927, launched on 19 June 1928 and commissioned on 1 May 1929.[1]

    Loss[]

    Oswald left Alexandria, Egypt, for a patrol east of Sicily on 19 July 1940. On 30 July, she spotted a convoy of several merchant ships. Her attack on the convoy was not successful and she was spotted by the convoy's escorting destroyers. Subsequently on 1 August Oswald was rammed and sunk by the Italian destroyer Ugolino Vivaldi while on patrol south of Calabria.[2] 52 crewmen were rescued by Italian warships and 3 were lost.[3]

    Citations[]

    1. "HMS Oswald". http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3398.html. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
    2. Lenton, p. 44
    3. Heden, p. 229

    Bibliography[]

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