HMS G14

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HMS G14 IWM Q 18588.jpg
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS G14
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Laid down: 1 December 1914
Launched: 17 May 1917
Commissioned: 31 August 1917
Fate: Sold 11 March 1923 to Stanlee, Dover
General characteristics
Class and type: G-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 703 long tons (714 t) surfaced
  • 837 long tons (850 t) submerged
Length: 187 ft 1 in (57.0 m)
Beam: 22 ft 8 in (6.9 m)
Draught: 13 ft 4 in (4.1 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 14.25 knots (26.39 km/h; 16.40 mph) surfaced
  • 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 2,400 nmi (4,400 km; 2,800 mi) at 12.5 kn (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph) surfaced
Complement: 22
Armament:

HMS G14 was a British G-class submarine built for the Royal Navy during World War I.

Description[edit]

The G-class submarines were designed by the Admiralty in response to a rumour that the Germans were building double-hulled submarines for overseas duties. The submarines had a length of 187 feet 1 inch (57.0 m) overall, a beam of 22 feet 8 inches (6.9 m) and a mean draft of 13 feet 4 inches (4.1 m). They displaced 703 long tons (714 t) on the surface and 837 long tons (850 t) submerged. The G-class submarines had a crew of 30 officers and other ranks. They had a partial double hull.[1]

For surface running, the boats were powered by two 800-brake-horsepower (597 kW) Vickers two-stroke diesel engines, each driving one propeller shaft. When submerged each propeller was driven by a 420-horsepower (313 kW) electric motor. They could reach 14.25 knots (26.39 km/h; 16.40 mph) on the surface and 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) underwater. On the surface, the G class had a range of 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km; 2,800 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph).[1]

The boats were intended to be armed with one 21-inch (53.3 cm) torpedo tube in the bow and two 18-inch (45 cm) torpedo tubes on the beam. This was revised, however, while they were under construction, the 21-inch tube was moved to the stern and two additional 18-inch tubes were added in the bow. They carried two 21-inch and eight 18-inch torpedoes. The G-class submarines were also armed with a single 3-inch (7.6 cm) deck gun.[1]

Career[edit]

Like the rest of her class, G14's role was to patrol an area of the North Sea in search of German U-boats. She survived the war and was scrapped in 1923.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gardiner & Gray, p. 90

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