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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:51 pm 
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OK then, since my copy of Conway's is not here right now, I have consulted the fantasy reference-Janes. In the general notes, it is stated that the class was originally designed with a flush deck. It was discovered that this caused the boat to dive on its own! :rotflma: The solution was to build up the bow to provide additional buoyancy. There appears to be no other purpose for it. The torpedo arrangement was 4-18 inch forward and 4-18 inch aft. :-?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:38 am 
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cool , i never would have guessed that to be the reason , but then i navigate the surface in a 16 foot boat on inland lakes and some are downright tiny ponds in comparison to the open ocean


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Where do you put the headlights on a steam powered submarine?




In the head! :lol


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:59 am 
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Most likely the captain s quarter s :Dbounce:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:03 pm 
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Et2ss wrote:
Wow they weren't all that small either @ 338'. The Los Angeles class (of which I was on one) was 360'


I used to do repairs on them bad boys on the USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:40 am 
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Gentlemen of the forum,

I now have my copy of Conway's with me and will relate actual facts about this ill-conceived class.
Displacement: 1980 tons (surface) 2556 tons (submerged)
Dimensions: 330 feet overall 26 feet 63/4 inches beam 17 ft draught
Machinery: 2 shaft Brown-Curtis geared steam turbines. 2 Yarrow boilers. 4 electric motors.
This yielded 10,500 shp surfaced 1440 shp submerged.
Armament: 10-18 inch torpedos. 4 bow, 4 beam 2 in a revolving mount in the superstructure. 2-4inch cannot and 1-3 inch anti aircraft gun.
Complement: 59
The K-class was due to the Admiralty requesting a submarine that could make 20+ knots. The diesel engines available could not meet this requirement. The K-class was a follow on to the 2 earlier designs, Nautilus and Swordfish neither of which saw any action and were broken up in 1922.
They were the fastest on the surface submarines of the war but there wasn't any doctrine for how to operate submarines in close contact with light cruisers and battlecruisers. This resulted in numerous accidents and poor performance when actually deployed.

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