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HMS C33
Career (UK)
Name: HMS C33
Builder: HM Dockyard Chatham
Laid down: 29 March 1909
Launched: 10 May 1910
Commissioned: 13 August 1910
Fate: Sunk by mine, 4 August 1915
General characteristics
Class & type: C-class submarine
Displacement: 290 long tons (290 t) (surfaced)
320 long tons (330 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: 13 kn (15 mph; 24 km/h) surfaced
8 kn (9.2 mph; 15 km/h) (submerged)
Range: 2,000 nmi (2,300 mi; 3,700 km) at 7 kn (8.1 mph; 13 km/h) (surfaced)
55 nmi (63 mi; 102 km) at 5 kn (5.8 mph; 9.3 km/h) (submerged)
Complement: 16
Armament: 2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes (2 torpedoes)

HMS C33 was a C-class submarine built by HM Dockyard, Chatham for the Royal Navy. She was laid down on 29 March 1909 and was commissioned on 13 August 1910.

Service history

C33 was involved in the U-Boat trap tactic. The tactic was to use a decoy trawler to tow a submarine. When a U-boat was sighted, the tow line and communication line was slipped and the submarine would attack the U-boat. The tactic was partly successful, but it was abandoned after the loss of two C class submarines. In both cases, all the crew were lost.

C33 was one of the two C class submarines sunk because of the tactic. She was mined off Great Yarmouth while operating with the armed trawler Malta on 4 August 1915.

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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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