Sunday, 6 August 2017

The new British submarine-depot ship HMS Medway according to the Dutch magazine dated Marineblad 1929 no. 7

An item referred to the German magazine Schiffbau reporting that the British submarine mother ship Medway executed her trials in the summer. She was with 6 O-type submarines to serve on the China Station. Dimensions 176,8 x 25,9 x 7 metres. Machinery consisted of 2-4.000 hp M.A.N. diesels. Armament consisted of 2-102,cm guns and 4-10,2cm anti aircraft guns. Fuel bunker capacity for the submarines was 2.000 ton. Was able to store stores and victuals sufficient for around 100 days for herself and the submarines. Accommodation for around 135 officers and 1.600 men.(1)

1. Building ordered on 14 September 1926, laid down by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness, England in April 1927, launched on 19 July 1928, completed on 3 July 1929 and sunk when torpedoed by the German submarine U-372 off Port Saïd, Egypt on 30 June 1942. Was design to support maximum 18 (peace)-21 (war) submarines of the Odin and Parthian-classes.