HMS A2

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS A2
Builder: Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness
Launched: 15 April 1903
Fate: Sold 22 October 1925 and scrapped
General characteristics
Displacement:

190 tons surfaced

207 tons submerged
Length: 105.25 ft (32.08 m)
Beam: 12.75 ft (3.89 m)
Propulsion: 16 cylinder Wolseley 450 hp (336 kW) gasoline engine, 150 horsepower (112 kW) electric motor
Speed:

maximum 10.5 knots (19 km/h) surfaced

maximum 7 knots (13 km/h) dived
Range:

360 nautical miles (667 km) at 10.5 knots (19 km/h) surfaced

20 nautical miles (37 km) submerged at 5 knots (9 km/h)
Complement: 11 (2 officers and 9 ratings)
Armament: Two 18 inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes plus two reloads

HMS A2 was an early Royal Navy submarine. She was launched in 1903 and sold for scrap in 1925.

Design and construction[edit]

She was a member of the first British class of submarines, although slightly bigger than the lead ship, HMS A1. Like all boats in her class, she was built at Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. She was launched on 15 April 1903.

World War I[edit]

During World War I, A2 served on harbour service at Portsmouth.[1]

Fate[edit]

She flooded after running aground in Bomb Ketch Lake, Portsmouth harbour in January 1920 and was sold for scrap to H. G. Pound of Portsmouth on 22 October 1925.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dittmar, F. J. & Colledge, J. J.,. British Warships 1914-1919. Ian Allan. p. 82. ISBN 0-7110-0380-7.