B Class 1904

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The B Class Submarines built by Vickers, were similar to the A class with the main difference being the deck casing which was improved for surface performance. Hydroplanes were also fitted for the first time to give it better stability when submerged 

Displacement: 287 tons on thee surface and 316 tons submerged. Speed, surfaced 12 knots, and 6 knots submerged.  Range: 1,000 nautical miles at 8.75 knots on the surface.  Compliment: 15   Armament:  two - 18 inch Torpedo tubes in the bow and carried 4 torpedoes

B6, B7, B8, B9, B10 and B11 were sent to the Mediterranean soon after the outbreak of world war one. But due to the lack of spare parts these submarines were not used after  September 1915.  The Italian Navy (at Venice Dockyard) re built them and converted them into to surface patrol vessels becoming S6 to S11,  (B10 (S10) was sunk by Austrian Aircraft Bombing while being re constructed as a patrol boat) These patrol craft served in the Adriatic and finally in 1919 were sold at Malta.

B 1 25th October 1904 Sold for breaking in May 1921.
B 2 30th October 1905 Sunk on 4th October 1912 after colliding with SS Amerika.
B 3 31st October 1905 Sold for breaking in December 1919.
B 4 14th November 1905 Sold for breaking in April 1919.
B 5 14th November 1905 Sold for breaking in August 1921.
B 6 30th November 1905 Renamed S6 after being converted to a patrol boat. Sold for breaking in 1919. 
B 7 30th November 1905 Renamed S7 after being converted to a patrol boat. Sold for breaking in 1919. 
B 8 23rd January 1906 Renamed S8 after being converted to a patrol boat. Sold for breaking in 1919. 
B 9 24th January 1906 Renamed S9 after being converted to a patrol boat. Sold for breaking in 1919. 
B 10 23rd March 1906 Renamed S10 after being converted to a patrol boat. Sunk on 9th August 1916. 
B 11 21st February 1906 Served in the Mediterranean in 1914. Renamed S11 after being converted to a patrol boat. Sold for breaking in 1919. 
B 1

Submarine B1c.1913. 

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B 2

      

Royal navy Submarine B 2 photographed 1908.  sunk after being rammed  by SS Amerika, with only one survivor Lt Pulleyne    

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B 4

Submarine B4.

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B4.

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B 4.

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B 5

Submarine B5.

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Submarine B5

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B 6

HMS B6 Taking on Torpedoes.

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B 8

HM Submarine B 8.  

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B 10

B 10, probably in Venice Dockyard prior to being sunk in 1916.

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B 11

Submarine B11 during world war I with Lieutenant-Commander Norman D Holbrook inset.

B11 after she managed to sink the Turkish battleship Messudiyeh by diving under five rows of mines.  

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Lieutenant-Commander Holbrook of B11.

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Lieutenant-Commander Holbrook (centre) with what appears to be a group of other officers.

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A group of Royal Navy submarines B class with B24 in the foreground and behind B4 & B3 with HMS Forth 1914. 

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Submarines B2, B10 and B11 before WWI. 

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B Class subs B9 (left), B7 (centre) and one other in Torquay Harbour, 1909.

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