T Class

Group One

Large Patrol Submarine

  • T Class Submarine
  • Thetis
  • Tigris 1942
  • Torbay
  • Tribune 1940
  • Trident
  • Triton 1939
  • Triumph 1939
  • Truant
  • Tuna 1943
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This class were built as a replacement for the 'P' class and were very often referred to as the 'Replacement 'P'.  They were some 400 tons smaller than the 'O', 'P' and 'R' classes but were superior in just about every other aspect except surface speed as their displacement meant they could be fitted with less powerful diesel engines.

It was intended to fit the first group with different types of engines so an evaluation could be done on the differing types, the commencement of WWII halted this and the remaining boats were either fitted with Vickers or Admiralty design diesel units.

The first batch were of an all riveted design and their torpedo tubes were arranged to fire forward, this was modified in all later boats which had an external stern tube fitted. The two external midships tubes were moved further aft and also turned to fire astern.   Another disadvantage of this first batch were the forward external tubes.  These were encased in a bulbous casing which caused a bow-wave which proved to be an obstruction when using the periscope.  These modifications were carried through to the Second group.

The class proved to be most successful and were employed in all theatres of WWII, they suffered their greatest losses in the Mediterranean which was not suited to large submarines.  After the end of WWII some of the 'T' class were streamlined:

15 Built

Tigris
Torbay

HM Dockyard, Chatham.
1940
Tetrarch
Thistle
Triad
Triton
Triumph
Truant

Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.
1937 - 1939
Taku
Talisman
Thetis/Thunderbolt
Trident

Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.
1938 - 1940
Tarpon
Tribune
Tuna

Scotts, Greenock.
1938 - 1940

 

















Technical Information

Displacement:
1,090 sf except Triton 1,095
1,573 sm except Triton 1,585

Length (ft):
275.5 oa
except Triton 277.25

Breadth (ft):
26.5

Draught/Height (ft):
15.75

Machinery:
6 cylinder Admiralty Diesel 2,500 bhp
except Taku, Trident, Talisman and Thetis - Sulzer.
Tarpon, Tribune and Tuna - M.A.N.
Thistle, Triad, Triton, Triumph and Truant - Vickers.
Laurence Scott electric motors 1,450 bhp

Speed (kts):
15.25 sf
8.75 sm

Oil Supply (tons):
132 - Except Torbay and Trident after modification - 178.

Armament:
1 x 4 inch/40 QF MkXII.
3 x .303 Lewis or Vickers MG (Except Thunderbolt and later Triumph.
10 x 21 inch tubes, 8 fwd and 2 amidships
16 reloads.
8 x 21 inch tubes (6 fwd and 2 amidships 14 reloads - on modified boats.

Range:
8,000 miles at 10 kts sf
Torbay and Trident 11,000 at 10 kts sf when modified.

Complement:
56 peacetime (5 Officers and 51 others).
62 war (6 Officers and 56 others).