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Submarine histories. Royal Navy L class submarines. Submarine website dedicated to the history of L23, L26, L27 and other L Class submarines from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of L Class submarines.

L Class Submarines.

Displacement: 891 tons on the surface, 1074 tons submerged.  Speed: on the surface 10 knots, Range 3,800 miles. Compliment: 35   Armament: Six  18-inch Torpedo Tubes, 4 of which were in the bow and 2 Beam.  carried 10 Torpedo's.  One 4 -inch Gun

L9 to L49.  Armament varied slightly. Four 21 - inch Torpedo Tubes all in the bow. and carried 8 torpedo's and Two 18-inch Tubes in the beam and carried two torpedo's/ Submarines used for mine laying. had 4Four 21-inch Torpedo Tubes all in the bow and carried 14 to 16 mines. compliment increased to 38.

L50 onwards.  changed with the following: Displacement: 960 tons surfaced. 1150 tons submerged. Range 4,800 miles, surface speed 8 knots.  CREW: 44   Armament:  Six   21-inch Torpedo Tubes in Bow carrying 12 torpedoes,  and two 4-inch QF guns each end of conning tower

After two years of the war the admiralty realised its need for better submarines, to replace the E class which was now six years old.  They reverted to the saddle tank design but with better machinery gave it better speeds.  The first L class  L1, and L2, were E57 and E58 which were initially going to be extended E class boats, but became the prototypes for the L class.

L1  (ex E57) Built By Vickers 1917 Scrapped in 1930
L2  (ex E58) Built By Vickers  1917 Scrapped 1930
L3 Built by Vickers 1917 Scrapped 1931
L4 Built by Vickers 1917 Scrapped February 1932
L5 Swan Hunter  26/1/1918 Involved in a collision with a dredger in 1929. Scrapped  1931.
L6 Beardmore 14/1/1918 Scrapped 1935
L7 Cammell Laird 24/4/1917 Scrapped   1930
L8 Cammell Laird 7/7/1917 Scrapped October 1930
L9 Denny 29/1/1918 Broken Up June 1927
L10 Denny 24th January 1918 Sunk by Destroyer 30th October 1918
L11 Vickers 26th February 1918 Broken Up February 1932
L12 Vickers 16th March 1918 Broken Up February 1932
L14 Vickers 10th June 1918 Broken Up May 1934
L15 Fairfield 16th January 1918 Broken Up February 1932
L16 9th April 1918 Broken Up February 1934
L17 Vickers 13th May 1918 Broken Up February 1934
L18 Vickers 21st November 1918 Broken Up October 1936
L19 Vickers 4th February 1919 Broken Up 1937
L20 Vickers 23rd September 1918 Broken Up January 1935
L21 Vickers 11th October 1919 Broken Up February 1939
L22 Vickers 25th October 1919 Broken Up August 1935
L23 1st July 1919 Lost in May 1946.
L24 Vickers 19th February 1919 Sunk in collision with HMS Resolution, 14th January 1924
L25 Vickers 13th February 1919 Broken Up 1935
L26 29th May 1919 Used as a target and sunk on 25th September 1946
L27 14th June 1919 Sold in Canada 1946.
L33 29th May 1919 Sold 1932
L52 18th December 1918 Broken Up 1935
L53 12th August 1919 Broken Up 1938
L54 20th August 1919 Broken Up 1938
L55 21st September 1918 Sunk 9th June 1919
L56 29th May 1919 Broken Up March 1938
L69 6th December 1918 Broken Up February 1939
L71 17th May 1919 Broken Up March 1938

 The burial at sea of A. B. Cook  on board HMS Cyclops, off Malta, Thursday 2nd February 1928. possible crew member of a L class Submarine click for details

L 1

L1 passing HMS Hawkins, 1919.

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Submarine L1, pictured c.1920. 

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L 2

L2, 1923.

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L2, 1923.

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Submarine L2, pictured c.1920. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS119

L2From The Romance of A Submarine by (1919) G Gibbard Jackson

L 3

L3, 1923.

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L3, 1923.

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Submarine L3, pictured c.1923.

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L 4

L 4, 1923.

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L 5

L5, 1923.

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Submarine L5, pictured c.1920. 

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Aerial view of submarine L5, c.1920. 

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L 6

Submarine L6, pictured c.1920. 

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Submarine L6, c.1920.

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Submarine L6.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS234

L6From The Romance of A Submarine (c1930) by G Gibbard Jackson

L6From The Romance of A Submarine (c1930) by G Gibbard Jackson

L 7

A photo of the crew of L-7 taken on China Station 1927-1929 on which my great uncle served. He subsequently lost his life with submarine H-47 sank off the Welsh Coast. Sent in by Sarah Chapman.

Submarine L7, pictured c.1920 

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L 8

Submarine L8, pictured c.1920. 

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L8, at Wei Hai Wei, c.1927.Contributed by

L8From The Romance of A Submarine by (1919) G Gibbard Jackson

L 9

L9From The Romance of A Submarine (c1930) by G Gibbard Jackson

L 11

L11 pictured c.1920 

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L 12

Royal Navy submarine L12.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS128

L12 pictured c.1929 after sinking H49. 

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L12.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS266

L12From The Romance of A Submarine by (1919) G Gibbard Jackson

L 14

Royal Navy submarine L14.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS130

Submarine L14.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS235

L 15

L 15, 1923.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2325

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L 15

Original  Postcard. Published by Wright & Logan.  Price 15.  Click here to order.    Order Code PHS262

 

L 16

L 16.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS248

L16  From The Romance of A Submarine by (1919) G Gibbard Jackson

L 17

L17 alongside L56, 1921.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2326

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L17, 1921.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2327

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L17

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS131

L 18

Submarine L18, pictured c.1920 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS132

L18.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS133

L 19

L19, 1923.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2328

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Royal Navy submarine L19, possibly off the Chinese coast.

HM Submarine L19 pictured c.1930.

Original book photo plate available, image size 7" x 4". Printed in 1930. Price 10 including post. Order code HAR71.

L 20

L20, 1930s.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2329

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Submarine L20, pictured c.1920s 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS135

L20 c.1926.Contributed by

L 21

L21

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS136

L21.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Roy Andrews, given to Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS271

L 22

L22

L22

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS137

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L22

Original Wright & Logan  Postcard.   Price 15.  Click here to order.    Order Code PHS243

L 23

L23, November 1938.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2330

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP2330

L23.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS265

L23 in the Solent c.1929. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS138

L23

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS139

L 24

L 24.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS283

L 25

Submarine L25, pictured c.1920 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS140

Submarine L25.  Submitted by Malcolm Williams.

William John Stallard.  Sent in by his grandson Malcolm Williams.  Thought to have been taken in Southsea around 1920.  (note WWI medal).

L 26

L26, November 1937.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2331

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Submarine L26, pictured c.1920 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS141

Submarine L26. Contributed by

L 27

L27, 1937.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2332

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP2332

L 27.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code PHS224

L 27.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS236

Submarine L27, pictured c.1930s 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS142

L27.Contributed by

L 33

L33From The Romance of A Submarine by (1919) G Gibbard Jackson

L 52

 

Royal Navy Submarine L. 52 pictured in 1925

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS143

Submarine L52.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS237

L52. Contributed by Ian Johnson

ORIGINAL POSTCARD FOR SALE.  DONATED TOWARDS THE UPKEEP OF THIS SITE.

L52

Original Wright & Logan  Postcard.   Price 15.  Click here to order.    Order Code PHS244

L 53

L53 c.1925 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS144

L53 with a depot ship.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS145

L 54

L54, 1937.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2333

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP2333

Submarine L54.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS310

Submarine L54, pictured August 8th 1931. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS146

L54.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS147

L 56

Royal Navy L Class submarine L56 while at Malta.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS148

Submarine L56.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS238

L56, 1935.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2334

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L56.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS264

L56.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS315

L56From The Romance of A Submarine by (1919) G Gibbard Jackson

L 69

L69, July 1935.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2335

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP2335

Submarine L69.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS239

L 69.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS256

L 71

L71 laid up with L56, 1938.

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L71, 1929.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2336

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Submarine L71.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS240

Submarine L71, pictured c.1920. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS149

L71.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS150

 

L25 with L11 pictured c.1923. 

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  L22 and L52 pictured with submarine depot ship HMS Lucia 1925  

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L class Submarines L23 and L26 with H49 in the background.

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Submarine supply ship HMS Titania on the China Station. 

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HMS Titania re-supplying L3, L5, L8 and L19 at Wei Hai Wei in 1921.

 

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