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general
nationality british
purpose war
type submarine
subtype/class K class submarine (br.)
K class submarine (br.) K-1 HMS [+1917]
propulsion steam and electric
date built 1917
status
live live
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weight (tons) 2566  disp (subm)
dimensions 103.3 x 8.1 x 6.1 m
material steel
engine 2 × 10,500 shp (7.8 MW) Brown-Curtis or Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 × Yarrow boilers, 4 × 1,440 hp (1,070 kW) electric motors, 1 × 800 hp (600 kW) Vickers diesel generator for charging batteries on the surface, 2 × 3-blade 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) diameter screws
armament 8 torpedoes, 4 x 18" T.T. (fwd), 4 x 18" T.T. (beam), , 2 x 4" gun, 1 x 3" gun
power 10500 
speed 24  knots
about the loss
cause lost collision
date lost 31/01/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.59rank: 581
about people
builder
Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd., Barrow-In-Furness
owner
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain
complement 59
about the wreck
depth (m.) 49 max. / 41 min. (m)
orientation 130°
protected
war grave
updates
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 02/10/2014
 
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Claes Johnny26/11/2007Whilst taking part in exercises off May Island, K17 was astern of HMS Courageous when the latter changed course to avoid two trawlers, which were spotted ahead. K17 turned but K22 and K14 were involved in a collision. Meanwhile HMS Fearless was steaming at 21 knots towards the area oblivious of the accident. Suddenly the Fearless appeared over the horizon and ploughed into K17, water gushed into the boat through the pierced pressure hull.

The order to abandon ship was quickly given. Within 8 minutes K17 had disappeared. The survivors were now in the water and the other submarines attempted to pick them up. Sadly the destroyers were unaware of the location of the accident and ploughed through the survivors.
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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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