Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for X-Craft


X is for X-Craft

You can imagine how delighted I was to find something beginning with X for the Blogging from A-Z challenge.  Thank goodness for my father's Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea.  It has truly saved my bacon.
"Hazards of the Royal Navy" Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) 29 May 1952: 12. Web. 25 Apr 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93924842>.

X-craft were miniature submarines of 40 feet (12m) in length and operated by a crew of four.  As it was impossible within this overall length to handle a normal torpedo or to mount a tube through which to fire it, they carried instea tow large detachable side charges each containing two tons of explosive fired by a time fuse.  (p. 946 of the Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea)

You can read another interesting story about X-craft here. 

This has been my contribution to the Blogging from A-Z challenge.

7 comments:

Wendy said...

Look how little! I guess they were the Smart car of submarines.

abetterjulie said...

That's kinda crazy! You'd think the firing would cause problems for the craft. Thanks for teaching me something new! @abetterjulie from www.persephoneknits.blogspot.com

Suzanne McClendon said...

This was very interesting! It made me think of the little Confederate submarine called the Hunley. It only had 8 crew members. You can learn more about it here:
http://www.hunley.org/

Our oldest son is in the submarine corps of the US Navy. It isn't something that I could ever handle. I am extremely claustrophobic. I don't know how they stand staying under for months on end.

Thanks for such an interesting post. Have a blessed day. :)

Dianne said...

Good one Wendy!
Actually 40' is quite long and roomy, our Motorhome was 40'. The guys must be standing on a portion that was not submerged.

Karen O'Connor said...

I don't think I could ride on one of those or really on any submarine. They make me a little nervous.

@WeekendsinMaine
Weekends in Maine

betty said...

I learned something new today! I hadn't heard of X-Crafts. Must be a bit small (and catastrophic) with only a crew of four!!!

congrats for almost being done with the challenge!

betty
http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/

Jill Ball said...

You passed X with flying colours. The X-Craft reminds me of my Fiat 500.