"W" Class Submarine (1914)

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The four "W" Class Submarines were coastal submarines built by Armstrong and, like the "S" class boats, given to Italy in the summer of 1915.

Overview of 4 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
W 1 Armstrong 19 Nov, 1914 Jan, 1915 to Italy 23 Aug, 1916
W 2 Armstrong 17 Feb, 1915 May, 1915 to Italy 23 Aug, 1916
W 3 Armstrong 1 Apr, 1915 Feb, 1916 to Italy 23 Aug, 1916
W 4 Armstrong 25 Nov, 1915 Jun, 1916 to Italy 7 Aug, 1916

History

The subs were double-hulled boats of the Laubeuf type, with Schneider-Laubeuf engines.

Torpedoes

W 1 and W 2 (1913 planning):[1]

W 1 and W 2 (as completed):

  • two 18-in tubes forward, two torpedoes
  • four 18-in drop-collars

W 3 and W 4 (1913 planning):[2]

  • two 18-in tubes forward, seven 18-in Mark VIII torpedoes

W 3 and W 4 (as completed):

  • two 18-in tubes forward, four torpedoes

Guns

W 3 and W4:

  • one 3-in H.A. gun

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. p. 46.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. p. 46.

Bibliography

  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).


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