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Re: Description of torpedo tubes
Posted by: SnakeDoc ()
Date: September 07, 2010 07:19AM

Anonymous User Wrote:
> With the VIIc carrying 11 reloads internally
> forward how were these stowed 2 x 3 + 2 x 2 with
> one torp in the middle? or was there something
> else replacing the "12th torpedo space" so the
> second bank of reloads had 3 torpedoes one side
> and two the other.

Type VIIC carried 14 torpedeos:
- 4 in forward torpedo tubes
- 4 in forward torpedo room - on both side of compartment, in place of crew bunks
- 2 under floor of forward torpedo room
- 1 in aft torpedo tube
- 1 between shafts and electric motors in aft torpedo room
- 1 in external container on forward upper deck
- 1 in external container on aft upper deck
In later years of war, spare torpedoes were not carried in external containers
because of vulnerability of these torpedoes to depth charges explosions.
Moreover, because of the threat of allied aircrafts, there were no opportunity
to load these torpedoes into the boat - these operation required spending
a lot of time on the surface, when the boat was completely defenseless.

> Also any idea on reload time from each bank?

Don't know exact times - I suppose it took minimum 20 min to reload
one torpedo on type VIIC. The type XXI had hydraulic reload system,
which signinfcantly speed up the reload process.

> Theeafter were the tubes reloaded from the top
> down of replacements laterally or vertically i.e
> if spares 1 to 6 were in bank A and spares 7 to 11
> were in bank B did they take 1 and 2 then 7 and 8
> (for tubes 1 and 2) or did they take 1 to 4 then 7
> to 10. I do appreciate with different types of
> torpedoes the answer may be self evident.

Type VIIC was provided with longitudinal and transversal transports
splints with hoists, which allowed for some flexibility - of course
only when there was enough room for all operations.
See [u-historia.com]

How it looked on type IXC - see
[uboatarchive.net]
section TORPEDO HANDLING, LOADING AND STOWAGE

For type XXI - see
[uboatarchive.net]
section TORPEDO HANDLING, LOADING AND STOWAGE

> Do you know anything about the externally loaded
> torpedoes?

You mean something like on type XXIII?

--
Regards
Maciek

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