H.M.S. Swordfish (1916)

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H.M.S. Swordfish (1916)
Pendant Number: 30 (Sep 1915)
S.1 (Apr 1916)
D.15 (Jun 1918)[1]
Builder: Scott[2]
Ordered: 18 August, 1913[3]
Laid down: 28 February, 1914[4]
Launched: 18 March, 1916[5]
Commissioned: 28 April, 1916[6]
Sold: July 1922[7]
Fate: Broken up
H.M.S. Swordfish was an experimental steam submarine in the Royal Navy launched in 1916 and redesignated H.M.S. S 1 on 1 April, 1916.[8]

Service

The first steam-powered submarine built for the Royal Navy,[9] she was not a success. On 27 June, 1917, she was renamed back to Swordfish and converted into a surface patrol vessel. She became operational in that role in January, 1918.[10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Torpedoes

  • two 21-in tubes forward, two torpedoes
  • four 18-in tubes on the broadside, eight torpedoes

In 1913, it had been planned that there would be more torpedoes supplied: seven 21-in and fourteen 18-in Mark VIII torpedos.[13]

Guns

  • two 3-in guns

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. pp. 82, 86.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 90.
  3. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 21. p. 21.
  4. Maber. Swordfish. p. 158.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 90.
  6. Maber. Swordfish. p. 159.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 90.
  8. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 90.
  9. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 21. p. 21.
  10. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 90.
  11. Layton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/134. f. ?.
  12. Layton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/134. f. ?.
  13. 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).
  • Maber, John M. (1983). Roberts, John. ed. "The Steam Submarine Swordfish". Warship Volume VII: pp. 154-160.


Submarine H.M.S. Swordfish