HMS C24

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Career (UK)
Name: HMS C24
Builder: Vickers, Barrow
Laid down: 12 February 1908
Launched: 26 November 1908
Commissioned: 5 May 1909
Fate: Sold, 29 May 1921
General characteristics
Class and type: C class submarine
Displacement: 290 long tons (295 t) surfaced
320 long tons (325 t) submerged
Length: 143 ft 2 in (43.64 m)
Beam: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: 600 hp (450 kW) Vickers petrol engine, 200 hp (150 kW) electric motor, 1 screw
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) surfaced
8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) surfaced
55 nmi (102 km) at 5 kn (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 16
Armament: 2 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes (2 torpedoes)

HMS C24 was a British C class submarine built by Vickers, Barrow. She was laid down on 12 February 1908 and was commissioned on 5 May 1909.

Service history[edit]

HMS C24 was used in the first successful U-boat trap. She operated with the decoy trawler Taranaki. They were able to sink U-40 25 miles (40 km) off Eyemouth in the North Sea on 23 June 1915.

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 was abandoned after the loss of two C class submarines. In both cases, all the crew were lost.

HMS C24 was sold on 29 May 1921 in Sunderland.

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