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Name: HMS H49
Builder: William Beardmore and Company, Dalmuir
Laid down: 15 July 1919
Commissioned: 25 October 1919
Fate: Sunk, 18 October 1940
General characteristics
Class & type: H-class submarine
Displacement: 423 long tons (430 t) surfaced
510 long tons (518 t) submerged
Length: 171 ft 0 in (52.12 m)
Beam: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 480 hp (358 kW) diesel engine
2 × 620 hp (462 kW) electric motors
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph) surfaced
9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 2,985 nmi (5,528 km) at 7.5 kn (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) surfaced
130 nmi (240 km) at 2 kn (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) submerged
Complement: 22

HMS H49 was a British H-class submarine built by William Beardmore and Company, Dalmuir. She was laid down on 15 July 1919 and commissioned on 25 October 1919.

In March 1937 the submarine navigated the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in the company of H33.[1] The trip had been arranged by Lieutenant J. Collett, the commander of H49.[1]

H49 survived until World War II when she was sunk by depth charging by German patrol craft commanded by Wolfgang Kaden belonging to the 5th German anti-submarine flotilla off Texel, the Netherlands on 18 October 1940. There was only one survivor.[2][3]

In the mid 1980s amateur divers who had violated H49's war grave status were prosecuted by the Dutch government.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tall, J.J; Paul Kemp (1996). HM Submarines in Camera An Illustrated History of British Submarines. Sutton Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 0-7509-0875-0. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kemp, Paul (1999). The Admiralty Regrets British Warship Losses of the 20th Century. Sutton Publishing Ltd. pp. p132. ISBN 0-7509-1567-6. 
  3. "Submarine Casualties Booklet". U.S. Naval Submarine School. 1966. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  • Hutchinson, Robert. Submarines, War Beneath The Waves, From 1776 To The Present Day. 

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