Parthian Class

Early Patrol Submarine

  • Parthian Class Submarine
  • Pandora
  • Parthian
  • Perseus
  • Phoenix
  • Poseidon
  • Proteus
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This class was similar to the earlier Oberon class but of a larger length and further improvements, they had a raked stem (bows) and a shield was provided for the 4 inch gun.

Four of this class, Poseidon, Perseus, Proteus and Pandora set out for the China Station in 1930. Submarines at this time were based at Wei Hai Wei on the North-east coast of the Chinese Province of Shantung.

Pandora and Parthian were participants of the 'Magic Carpet' run supplying Malta with essential stores during the blockade of the island.

Proteus was the only surviving boat of this class at the end of WWII.

6 Built

Pandora
(ex Python)
Perseus
Proteus
Poseidon
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.
1928 - 1930





Parthian
H.M. Dockyard, Chatham.
1929

Phoenix
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.
1929

 

Technical Information


Displacement:
1,475 sf
2,040 sm

Length (ft):
289 oa

Breadth (ft):
28 oa

Draught/Height (ft):
13.75

Machinery:
4,600 hp diesel engine.
1,350 electric motor.
Twin screws.

Speed (kts):
17.5 kts sf
9 kts sm

Oil Supply (tons):
159 tons

Armament:
8 x 21 inch tubes, 6 bow, 2 stern.
16 reloads.
1 x 4 inch gun. 2x machine gun.

Range:
8,400 miles at 10 kts sf.

Complement:
50-54 officers and ratings.