british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS P-48 (+1942)
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nationality british
purpose war
type submarine
subtype/class U class submarine (br.)
U class submarine (br.) P-32 HMS (+1941)
propulsion diesel and batteries
date built 1941
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 730  disp (subm)
dimensions 58.2 x 4.9 x 4.6 m
material steel
engine 2 x diesel-electric engines, 2 x diesel generators, dual shaft
armament 10 torpedoes, 4 T.T. 21"/533mm (4 fwd, 0 aft), 1 x 3"/76mm deck gun
power 825  h.p.
speed 11.25  knots
about the loss
cause lost depth charge
date lost 25/12/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd., Barrow-In-Furness
owner
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
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complement 32
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war grave
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 26/11/2007
last update Lettens Jan
last update 04/12/2009
 
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Lettens Jan04/12/2009
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Lettens Jan04/08/2011On 25 December 1942, the Italian torpedo boats ARDITO and sistership ARDENTE were escorting a convoy, ten miles northwest of the island of Zebra, when the ships were attacked by the British submarine P-48. Both reacted with depth charges and struck the submarine, which sank with all hands.
Claes Johnny26/11/2007HMS P48 sailed from Malta on the 23rd December 1942; two days later she was attacked and sunk through depth charging by the Italian torpedo boat Ardente north west of Zembra Island in the Gulf of Tunis.

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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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