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Circé-class submarine (1907)
Class overview
Name: Circé class
Builders: Arsenal de Toulon
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Émeraude class
Succeeded by: Pluviôse class
Built: 1905–09
In commission: 1909–18
Completed: 2
Lost: 2
General characteristics (as built)
Type: Submarine
Displacement:
  • 361 t (355 long tons) (surfaced)
  • 498 t (490 long tons) (submerged)
Length: 47.13 m (154 ft 8 in) (o/a)
Beam: 4.9 m (16 ft 1 in)
Draft: 3.24 m (10 ft 8 in)
Installed power:
  • 630 PS (460 kW; 620 bhp) (diesels)
  • 360 PS (260 kW; 360 bhp) (electric motors)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × shafts; 2 × diesel engines
  • 2 × electric motors
  • Speed:
  • 11.9 knots (22.0 km/h; 13.7 mph) (surfaced)
  • 7.7 knots (14.3 km/h; 8.9 mph) (submerged)
  • Range:
  • 2,160 nmi (4,000 km; 2,490 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
  • 44 nmi (81 km; 51 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
  • Test depth: 40 m (130 ft)
    Complement: 2 officers and 20 crewmen
    Armament: 4 × external 450 mm (17.7 in) torpedo launchers (2 × forward, 2 × aft)

    The Circé-class submarines were a pair of submarines built for the French Navy during the first decade of the 20th century. One boat was sunk in a collision before the First World War and the other was torpedoed and sunk in the last year of the war.

    Ships

    Ship Laid down Launched[1] Completed
    Calypso (Q48) 1905 22 October 1907 1909
    Circé (Q47) 13 September 1907

    Notes

    1. Gardiner & Gray, p. 208

    Bibliography

    • Couhat, Jean Labayle (1974). French Warships of World War I. London: Ian Allen. ISBN 0-7110-0445-5. 
    • Gardiner, Robert & Gray, Randal (1985). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-245-5. 
    • Garier, Gérard (2002) (in French). A l'épreuve de la Grande Guerre. L'odyssée technique et humaine du sous-marin en France. 3–2. Bourg-en-Bresse, France: Marines édition. ISBN 2-909675-81-5. 
    • Garier, Gérard (1998) (in French). Des Émeraude (1905-1906) au Charles Brun (1908–1933). L'odyssée technique et humaine du sous-marin en France. 2. Bourg-en-Bresse, France: Marines édition. ISBN 2-909675-34-3. 
    • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). "Classement par types". Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 2, 1870 - 2006. Toulon: Roche. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 

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