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HMS H42
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H42 

(H42)
Laid Down:01-09-1917
Launched:21-10-1918
Completed:01-05-1919
Builder:Armstrong Whitworth (Tyne)
Build Group:H Grp2
 
Fate:Sunk in Collision with HMS Versatile off Gibraltar 23rd March 1922

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23-03-1922:Sunk in Collision with HMS Versatile off Gibraltar

As part of the 3rd Submarine Flotilla H42 had spent Christmas 1921 in Portsmouth before sailing in January 1922 for exercises in the Mediterranean. H42 surfaced just off Gibraltar 120 yards in front of the destroyer HMS Versatile who at that time was cruising at 20 knots. The Destroyer was unable to take avoiding action and ploughed into the submarine almost slicing her in two.

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Specification

Length overall  171ft 9in
Beam  15ft 9in
Depth  15ft 4in
Displacement   438 tons (surface) / 504 tons (submerged)
Diving Depth  150 feet
Speed  Surface 13 knots (design) 11.5 knots (service) / Submerged 10 to 10.5 knots (design) 9 knots (service)
No. of shafts  2
Armament  4 21-inch bow tubes (6 torpedoes carried)
Endurance  Surface: 2000 miles at full power (design) 1100 miles at full power or 1600 miles at 10 knots (service) / Submerged: 70 miles at 3 knots (design) 9 miles at 8 knots or 34 miles at 3.5 knots (service)
Complement   22

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