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HMS C16
HMS C16
HMS C16
Career RN Ensign
Name: HMS C16
Builder: Vickers, Barrow
Laid down: 14 December 1906
Launched: 19 March 1908
Commissioned: 5 June 1908
Fate: Sold, 12 August 1922
General characteristics
Class & type: C-class submarine
Displacement: 287 long tons (292 t) (surfaced)
316 long tons (321 t) (submerged)
Length: 143 ft 2 in (43.64 m)
Beam: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Installed power: 600 hp (450 kW) (petrol engine)
200 hp (150 kW) (electric motor)
Propulsion: 1 × Vickers petrol engine
1 × electric motor
1 × screw
Speed: 12 kn (14 mph; 22 km/h) (surfaced)
7 kn (8.1 mph; 13 km/h) (submerged)
Range: 1,500 nmi (1,700 mi; 2,800 km) at 7 kn (8.1 mph; 13 km/h) (surfaced)
50 nmi (58 mi; 93 km) at 4.5 kn (5.2 mph; 8.3 km/h) (submerged)
Complement: 16
Armament: 2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes (2 torpedoes)

HMS C16 was a C-class submarine built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness for the Royal Navy. She was laid down on 14 December 1906 and was commissioned on 5 June 1908.

Service history

First sinking

C16 was sunk in a collision with C17 south of Cromer, Norfolk on 14 July 1909. There was only one survivor. She was salvaged and recommissioned.

Second sinking

C16 was again sunk after being rammed at periscope depth by destroyer Melampus off Harwich on 16 April 1917. The boat bottomed out at 60 ft (18 m). The First LieutenantLieutenant S. Anderson — was fired through a torpedo tube to try to escape, but unfortunately drowned. The captain — Lt. H. Boase — tried to flood the boat in an effort to escape through the fore hatch, but the fender jammed the hatch, so the crew was trapped. The escape attempts were recorded by the commanding officer, and were found corked in a bottle found lying near him when the hull was salvaged. All the crew of C16 died. C16 was salvaged and recommissioned.

C16 was finally sold on the 12 August 1922.

External links

References

  • Hutchinson, Robert (2001). Jane's Submarines: War Beneath the Waves from 1776 to the Present Day. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-710558-8. OCLC 53783010. 

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