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TORPEDO SHIPS

A1 PC torpedo boats (1915/1919)

A1 PC 1919

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
A1 PC (ex-A14), 1926- Prince Léopold, 1927- A12   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 22/7/1915 7/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A2 PC (ex-A12), 1926- A2 Prince Charles   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 28/4/1915 5/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A3 PC (ex-A4), 1926- A3 Princesse Marie-José, 1927- A4   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 26/6/1915 6/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A4 PC (ex-A5), 1926- A4, 1927- A5   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 5/5/1915 5/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A5 PC (ex-A8), 1926- A5, 1927- A8, 1931- Oever   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 25/4/1915 5/1915 // 6/1919 TS 1931, BU 1939
A6 PC (ex-A9), 1926- A6, 1927- A9   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 4/8/1915 8/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A7 PC (ex-A11), 1926- A7, 1927- A10   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 4/6/1915 6/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A8 PC (ex-A16), 1926- A8, 1927- A16   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 16/6/1915 6/1915 // 6/1919 sold 1931
A9 PC (ex-A20), 1926- A9, 1927- A20, 1931- West Diep   Vulcan, Hamburg, Germany 1914 27/8/1915 9/1915 // 6/1919 TS 1931, captured by Germany 18/5/1940 (Reiher)

  

Displacement normal, t

109

Displacement full, t

137

Length, m

41.0 wl 41.6 oa

Breadth, m

4.60

Draught, m

1.17 normal 1.52 max

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 1 Marine boiler

Power, h. p.

1093

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, t

coal 24.5

Endurance, nm(kts)

900(12.5)

Armament

1 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92, 2 x 1 - 450 TT, 4 mines, sweeps

Complement

28

Ship project history: Coastal torpedo boats, ordered by Kaiserliche Marine for operations off coast of Flanders. All were transferred to Belgium in 1919.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: West Diep was captured by German troops at Antwerp 18/5/1940 and used by Kriegsmarine as Reiher, later Warendorp, till capitulation. She was returned to Belgium in 1945 and broken up in 1948.

Ivan Gogin, 2010-15