Jolly Roger Class
K XIV
Boats in this Class
K XIV, K XV, K XVI
K XVII, K XVIII

 

K XVIK XVI

 

Boat K XIV K XV K XVI K XVII K XVIII
Pennant # N 22 N 24      
Yard # 167 168 169 322 323
Type Patrol submarine for the Dutch colonies
Class name K XIV. Named after first of class. "K" stands for "KoloniŽn" (colonies)
Ordered 30 May 1929 30 May 1929 30 May 1929 25 June 1930 -
Laid down 31 May 1930 31 May 1930 31 May 1930 1 June 1931 10 June 1931
Launched 11 July 1931 10 Dec 1932 8 Apr 1933 26 July 1932 27 Sep 1932
Trials 19 Jan 1933 24 Mar 1933 9 Aug 1933 - -
Commissioned 6 July 1933 30 Dec 1933 30 Jan 1934 19 Dec 1933 23 Mar 1934
Refit Dec 1942 - May 1943 Nov 1942 - May 1943 ? ? ?
Decommissioned 23 Apr 1946 23 Apr 1946 25 Dec 1941
Lost
21 Dec 1941
Lost
2 Mar 1942
Scuttled
Fate Dec 1950
Sold for scrap
? 25 Dec 1941
Torpedoed
21 Dec 1941
Mined
1942 Captured
1945 Torpedoed
Design Dutch. J.J. van der Struyff, B.Sc.
Shipyard Rotterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam Fijenoord, Rotterdam
Le x Be x Dr 73.64 m x 6.51 m x 3.93 m
Displ. surf/subm 865 t / 1045 t
Engines Two 8-cylinder M.A.N. diesel engines, 4-stroke, 2 x 1600 apk
For K XVIII, probably type F.8v 45/42
Main motor Two motors/generators, 2 x 430 apk
For K XVIII probably Smit Slikkerveer motors
Batteries 192 cells, 4740 Ah during 3 hours
Propellers 2
Speed surf/subm 17 kts (19 during trials) / 9 kts
Range surf/subm 10000 nm at 12 kts / 26 nm at 8.5 kts
Diving depth 80 m
Complement 38 is the generally reported number. But most crew lists list only 34 or 36 men.
Torpedo tubes 4 x 21" bow, 2 x 21" stern, 2 x 21" (1x2) external-traversing forward of conning tower.
K XIV and probably K XV: External-traversing tubes removed during refit.
Torpedo type When built: II53.
WWII: IV 45, Mk XIV.
Armament 14 torpedoes, incl. 6 reloads.
Guns 1 x 8.8 cm, probably L 45 Bofors
According to A.Hopman: "The gun was useful but considered not heavy enough, 4 inch was an accepted necessity, perhaps these 8.8 cm guns were obtained on the cheap in the thirties."
2 x 40 mm Bofors machineguns (2x1) in single 'disappearing' mounts, in watertight wells forward and aft of the conning tower.
According to A. Hopman the 40 mm Bofors was "against small vessels and their crew". The deck gun muzzle was closed during dives and the Oerlikon was free flooding.
K XIV and K XV: Both 40 mm guns, both watertight wells and forward platform removed during 1942/1943 USA refit. Aft gun replaced with a 20 mm Oerlikon.
Scopes 2 scopes of 180 mm and 'large' stroke.
Sonar No general details available.
K XIV and K XV: Sonar installed during 1942/1943 refit in USA. Until then she only had listening equipment, port and starboard.
Radar No general details available.
K XIV and K XV: Radar installed during 1943 refit in U.K. The C.O.'s cabin had to be sized down in favour of the radar shack.
Type is probably British Type 291-W.
Notes - New welding techniques reduced the weight,    so more powerful 8 cylinder engines could be installed.
- Note that these boats had 3 periscopes. The third one was a radio periscope.(mast).
- Anything in the superstructure of K XV (and the other subs probably as well) that could make noise was removed at the
 beginning of the was (1940/1941), including the wooden deck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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