Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Dutch submarine Hr. Ms. K X visited Seville, Spain in October 1924 according to the Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1924-1925

Archive Kon. Mij. De Schelde 513.1059 (municipality Archive Vlissingen, Netherlands

The Dutch submarine Hr. Ms. K X (1) departed on 25 September 1924 from Nieuwediep, Netherlands Seville (Spain), Tunis (Tunisia), Alexandria, Port Saïd and Suez, Egypt, Aden (Yemen), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies. Except for technical details dealing with the performance of the submarine and the actual voyage supplies the log also information dealing with the visited harbours.

At 5.30 o’clock 2nd November was anchored along a quay at the Triana side of the river Guadalquivir at Seville, Spain. At the side of the town was all mooring space used by merchant ships except for some small space reserved for the hospital ships returning from Morocco.(2) Except for the watch was the whole crew allowed to stay ashore. Her commanding officer allowed them to sleep and have breakfast and dinner ashore, but they had to return at 12.00 o’clock for the tea. The watch was not allowed to go shore at all en eat and drunk on board. Bread and refreshments were without problems obtained. Water was not filled up while this was to be transported with a prow which was very expensive. While the there was enough water on board decided her commanding officer to bunker at Tunis, Tunisia. On the 7th 12.00 o’clock departed she Seville.

1. Building ordered on 27 June 1917, laid down by Kon. Mij. De Schelde, Vlissingen Netherlands with yard number 169 on 1 November 1919, launched on 2 May 1923, delivered on 21 September 1923 scuttled by her own crew op 2 March 1942 at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, salvaged by the Japanese between 1942-1943, used as floating oil depot and in 1946 broken up.
2. The Rif War between Spain (later added by France 1924-1926) and the Berber tribes living in the Rif mountainous region 1920-1926, which war Spain in the beginning almost lost with large human losses.