HMS A3

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HMS A3
Career  Royal Navy
Name: HMS A3
Builder: Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd. Barrow-in-Furness, England
Laid down: 6 November 1902
Launched: 9 March 1903
Commissioned: 13 July 1904
Fate: 12 May 1912 sunk as gunnery target
General characteristics
Class & type: A-class submarine
Displacement: 190 long tons (190 t) (surfaced)
207 long tons (210 t) (submerged)
Length: 105.25 ft (32.08 m)
Beam: 12.75 ft (3.89 m)
Installed power: 450 ihp (340 kW) (petrol engine)
150 hp (110 kW) (electric motor)
Propulsion: 1 × 16-cylinder Wolseley petrol engine
1 × electric motor
1 × screw
Speed: 10.5 kn (12.1 mph; 19.4 km/h) (surfaced)
7 kn (8.1 mph; 13 km/h) (submerged)
Range: 360 nmi (410 mi; 670 km) at 10.5 kn (12.1 mph; 19.4 km/h) (surfaced)
20 nmi (23 mi; 37 km) at 5 kn (5.8 mph; 9.3 km/h)
Complement: 11 (2 officers and 9 ratings)
Armament: 2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes (2 torpedoes)

HMS A3 was an early Royal Navy submarine.

She was a member of the first British A-class of submarines, although slightly bigger than the lead boat, A1. She was built at Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness and was commissioned on 13 July 1904. She was accidentally rammed whilst surfacing by the submarine tender Hazard off the Isle of Wight on 2 February 1912 and sank with the loss of all on board.[1][2] The wreck was salvaged and subsequently sunk as a gunnery target near Portland Bill on 12 May 1912, where she remains today.

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  1. ^ *Innes McCartney (2002). Lost Patrols: Submarine Wrecks of the English Channel. 
  2. ^ Gray, Edwyn (2003). Disasters of the Deep A Comprehensive Survey of Submarine Accidents & Disasters. Leo Cooper. pp. 69–70. ISBN 0-85052-987-5. 

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Coordinates: 50°31.41′N 2°11.25′W / 50.52350°N 2.18750°W / 50.52350; -2.18750