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HMS E26

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Name  HMS E26
Laid down  November 1914
Fate  Lost, 3 July 1916
Construction started  November 1914
Length  55 m
Ordered  29 April 1914
Commissioned  3 October 1915
Class and type  E class submarine
Launched  11 November 1915
Builder  William Beard and Company

HMS E26 was a British E class submarine built by William Beardmore and Company, Dalmuir. She was, along with the future E25, one of a pair of submarines ordered by the Ottoman Navy on 29 April 1914, but was taken over by the Royal Navy and assigned the E26 name. She was laid down in November 1914, launched on 11 November 1915, and was commissioned on 3 October 1915.

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HMS E26 was lost with all hands in the North Sea, probably in the vicinity of the eastern Ems, on or about 3 July 1916. Her wreck has been found by a group of Dutch divers in 2006.[2]

Design

Like all post-E8 British E-class submarines, E26 had a displacement of 662 tonnes (730 short tons) at the surface and 807 tonnes (890 short tons) while submerged. She had a total length of 180 feet (55 m) and a beam length of 22 feet 8.5 inches (6.922 m). She was powered by two 800 horsepower (600 kW) Vickers eight-cylinder two-stroke diesel engines and two 420 horsepower (310 kW) electric motors. The submarine had a maximum surface speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) and a submerged speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph). British E-class submarines had fuel capacities of 50 tonnes (55 short tons) of diesel and ranges of 3,255 miles (5,238 km; 2,829 nmi) when travelling at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph). E26 was capable of operating submerged for five hours when travelling at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph).

E26 was armed with a 12-pounder QF gun, mounted forward of the conning tower. She had five 18 inches (460 mm) torpedo tubes, two in the bow, one either side amidships, and one in the stern; a total of 10 torpedoes were carried.

E-Class submarines had wireless systems with 1 kilowatt (1.3 hp) power ratings; in some submarines, these were later upgraded to 3 kilowatts (4.0 hp) systems by removing a midship torpedo tube. Their maximum design depth was 100 feet (30 m) although in service some reached depths of below 200 feet (61 m). Some submarines contained Fessenden oscillator systems.

Crew

Her complement was three officers and 28 men.

References

HMS E26 Wikipedia


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