Friday, 10 February 2017

Ships of the Nationalist and Republican Navies during the Spanish Civil War: C-class Submarines

Built at Cartagena between 1926 and 1929, the design was an improved B-class Holland-type. They all served in the Republican Navy.

Ships' characteristics:
  • Displacement: 916 tons surfaced; 1,290 tons submerged
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 247’ (75.3m)
    • Beam: 20’ 10” (6.34m)
    • Draught: 13’ 6” (4.1m)
  • Maximum Speed: 16 knots surfaced; 8.5 knots submerged
  • Armament: 1 x 2.9” (75mm) Anti-Aircraft Gun; 6 x 21” (533mm) Torpedo Tubes (4 bow, 2 stern)
  • Complement: 46
C1 was sunk by Nationalist aircraft at Barcelona o 9th October 1938.
C2 survived the Civil War, and stricken and broken-up in the 1950’s.
C3 was torpedoed and sunk by an Italian submarine off Malaga on 21st December 1936.
C4 survived the Civil War, and was lost at sea in 1946.
C5 sank (cause unknown) in the Bay of Biscay in December 1936.
C6 was scuttled at Gijon after being bombed by Nationalist aircraft on 20th October 1937.

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