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Submarine histories. Royal Navy H class submarines. Submarine website dedicated to the history of H28, H31, H32, H33, H34, H43, H44, H49 and H50 from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of H Class submarines.

Photo of H class submarines (left to right) H28, H31, H30, H34 & H48 alongside an unknown destroyer at unknown port Joeri Teeuwisse

 
H Class Submarines.  H1 to H10 Built by Vickers in Canada

Displacement: 364 tons on the surface and 434 Tons Submerged. Range 1600 Nautical Miles.  Speed: 13 knots on the surface and 11 Knots submerged   Compliment: 22   Armament: 4 18-inch Torpedo Tubes in the Bow and carried 6 torpedoes

These submarines were very similar in design to the US,  H class submarines, the first  10 submarines were ordered form the Bethlehem Steel company, but to get round the US neutrality laws the components were assembled in Montreal at the Vickers yard. They were completed in 1915 and made a new record for the crossing of the Atlantic by a Submarine. 

H1 May/June 1915 Sold in March 1921.
H2 May/June 1915 Sold in 1921.
H3 May/June 1915 Mined on 15th July 1916.
H4 May/June 1915 Sold in November 1921.
H5 May/June 1915 Sunk while on patrol eight miles off Caernarfon, H5 had been rammed by British Cargo Ship SS Rutherglen 2nd March 1918 thinking it was a U-Boat. H5 was struck in front of its Conning tower and sunk with the loss of the entire crew.  U-5  was one of the first wrecks to be given official war grave status.
H6 (became Dutch O8) May/June 1915 Interned in 1916. and bought by the Dutch in Feb 1916 renamed O8
H7 May/June 1915 Sold in November 1921.
H8 May/June 1915 Sold in November 1921.
H9 May/June 1915 Sold in November 1921.
H10 May/June 1915 Lost on 19th January 1918 for reasons unknown.
H Class Submarines H11  to H20 Built by Bethlehem's Fore River Navy Yard

    Displacement: 364 tons on the surface and 434 Tons Submerged. Range 1600 Nautical Miles.  Speed: 13 knots on the surface and 11 Knots submerged   Compliment: 22   Armament: 4 18-inch Torpedo Tubes in the Bow and carried 6 torpedoes

The second batch of submarines were delayed by the US Government, until they entered the war. Six of these submarines were given to Chile to compensate for ships requisitioned by the admiralty (these included battleships) Two others were given to Canada after the war

H11 Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Scrapped in 1921.
H12 Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Scrapped in 1922.
H13  (becoming Chillian Guacolda) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Chile in 1917. Broken up 1949
H14  (becoming CH.14) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Canada June 1919 as Ch14 finally scrapped 1925
H15 (becoming CH.15) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to .Canada June 1919 as CH15 finally scrapped 1925
H16 (Becoming Tegualda) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Chile 3rd July 1917. broken up 1945
H17 (Becoming Rucumilla) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Chile on 3 July 1917.  Sunk in a accident, with the loss of all crew, raised and back in service until Broken up 1945
H18 (Becoming Quidora) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Chile on 3 July 1917. Broken up 1945
H19  (Becoming Fresia) Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Chile on 3 July 1917. Broken up 1953
H20  (Becoming Gaula Completed 1917 Held up by the US Government until the USA joined WW1 in 1917. Transferred to Chile on 3 July 1917. Broken up 1953
(Improved) H Class Built at UK Navy and Dockyards

Displacement

This improved version of the |H class (using 21 inch Torpedo's) were built in UK yards, but a majority of the fittings, including all the Engines  and main motors were produced in the US and shipped to

H21   Built by Vickers 20th October 1917 Sold for Breaking up July 1926
H22 Built by Vickers 14th November 1917 Sold for Breaking up February 1929
H23 Built by Vickers 29th January 1918 Sold for Breaking up May 1934
H24 Built by Vickers 14th November 1917 Scrapped May 1934
H25 Built by Vickers 27th April 1918 Sold to the Breakers 1929
H26 Built by Vickers 15th November 1917 Sold to the Breakers April 1928
H27 Built by Vickers 25th September 1918 Sold to the Breakers August 1935
H28 Built by Vickers 12th March 1918 Sold on 18th August 1944 to be scrapped at Troon.
H29 Built by Vickers 8th June 1918 Foundered in Dock  9th August 1926 sold to the Breakers August 1935
H30 Built by Vickers 9th May 1918 Sold to the breakers August 1935
H31 Built by Vickers 16th November 1918 Lost on 18th October 1940. sunk by German patrol vessels off the Dutch Coast
H32 Built by Vickers 19th November 1918 Sold on 18th October 1944 to be scrapped at Troon.
H33 Built by Cammell Laird 24th August 1918 Scrapped in October 1944 at Troon.
H34 5th November 1918 Scrapped in July 1945 at Troon.

 H35  to H40 were cancelled in October 1917 H41 started but cancelled on the blocks Oct 1917

H42 Built by Armstrong 21st October 1918 Sunk in Collision 23rd February 1922
H43 3rd February 1919 Scrapped in November 1944 at Troon.
H44 17th February 1919 Scrapped in February 1945 at Troon.

  H45 and H46  Cancelled October 1917

H47 Built by Beardmore 19th November 1918  Sunk in Collision 9th July 1929
H48 Built by Beardmore 31st March `1919 Sold to the Breakers August 1935
H49 15th July 1919 Lost on 18th October 1940. sunk by German patrol vessels off the Dutch Coast
H50 25th October 1919 Scrapped in July 1945 at Troon.
H51 Built at Pembroke Dockyard 15th November 1918 Sold to the Breakers June 1924
H52 Built at Pembroke Dockyard Sold to the Breakers November 1927

H 21

Submarine H21, pictured c.1920. 

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HMS Maidstone pictured with Submarines E.32 and H.21 at Hawich around 1920.  

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H 22

H 22.

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H 23

H23 with H34 and another H Class submarine (H44 ?)

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H 24

Submarine H24, pictured c.1920. She had a collision with HMS Vancouver in 1922. 

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H 24.

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H 25

     

H25 Photographed circa 1923  

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H25From The Romance of A Submarine (c1930) by G Gibbard Jackson

H 26

H26, 1925.

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H 27

HM Sub H 27.  

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H 27.

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H 28

      

H28  used for coastal defence photographed around 1922 

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H 31

H 31.

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H 32

H32. 

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H32, 1937.

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Submarine H32, pictured in the 1930s. 

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H 33

H33 pictured c.1920

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H 33.

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H 34

 

H34. photographed 1922

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H34, May 1937.

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H 42

Some crew from H42 which was sunk on 23rd March 1922 in collision with destroyer HMS Versatile. 

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H 43

H43  shown of the coast circa 1922

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H 44

Submarine H44, pictured off Weymouth c.1927 

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H44, 1934.

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H 47

H 47.

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H 48

Submarine H48, pictured c.1920. 

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H 49

H49, May 1937.

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H49, October 1937.

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H49 

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Submarine H49.

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H 50

H50 pictured c.1935.

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H50, 1937.

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H 52

Submarine H52, pictured c.1920 

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Canadian built H Class submarines (H1 - H10).  Canadian Vickers Yard, Montreal, Canada, June 1915.

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H class submarines from the 6th Flotilla with their supply ship (H32, H43, H34 and H44).

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Submarines H43, H25 & L14 possibly at Blyth. 

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Reginald Frederick Steed who was a submariner between the wars and was a torpedo instructor at Devonport. Reginald Steed is pictured standing in front of some H boats - H23 and H31, possibly at Devonport early 20s. Sent in by his grandson David Lambert-Martin.
 
 

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