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Soviet submarine Shch-317

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Jan 8, 2022

Shch-317 was a Shchuka-class submarine of the Soviet Navy. Her keel was laid down by A. Marti in Leningrad on 23 July 1934. She was launched on 24 September 1935 and commissioned on 29 September 1936 in the Baltic Fleet.

Shch-317 was of X series.
History
Soviet Union
Name Shch-317
Laid down 23 July 1934
Launched 24 September 1935
Commissioned 29 September 1936
Out of service 14 July 1942
Fate sunk by Finnish minelayer Ruotsinsalmi
General characteristics
Class and type Shchuka-classsubmarine, Type X[1]
Displacement
  • 577 tons surfaced
  • 704 tons submerged
Length 57.00 m (187 ft 0 in)
Beam 6.20 m (20 ft 4 in)
Draught 3.78 m (12 ft 5 in)
Propulsion 2 shaft diesel electric, 1,020 kW (1,370 bhp) diesel, 600 kW (800 bhp) electric
Speed
  • 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph) on the surface;
  • 6.3 knots (11.7 km/h; 7.2 mph) submerged
Range 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Test depth 91 m (300 ft)
Complement 38
Armament
  • 4 × bow torpedo tubes
  • 2 × stern torpedo tubes
  • (10 torpedoes)
  • 2 × 45 mm (1.8 in) semi-automatic guns

. . . Soviet submarine Shch-317 . . .

During the 1942 campaign, the submarine was under the command of Captain Mokhov Nikolay Konstantinovich and took part in the Soviet submarine campaign on 1942 in Baltic Sea. Shch-317 scored victories, all of them in the summer 1942. The submarine torpedoed and damaged the Danish merchant Orion (2,405 GRT) on 19 June 1942, but did not sink the cargo vessel. She scored most of her success against the German-Swedish iron ore shipping lines, which was the main target of 1942 Soviet submarine campaign.[2]

While returning home after the successful campaign of summer 1942, Shch-317 was sunk. On the last mission, the submarine division commander Captain 2nd Rank V.A. Yegorov was also on board. The most likely cause of the sinking was an blow up on seeigel minefield circa 18.07.1942.[3]

Ships sunk by Shch-317.[4]
Date Ship Flag Tonnage Notes
16 June 1942 Argo 2,513 GRT freighter(torpedo)
22 June 1942 Ada Gorthon 2,399 GRT freighter (torpedo)
8 July 1942 Otto Cords 966 GRT freighter (torpedo)
Total: 5,878 GRT

UMEX (Underwater Exploration Team) divers located the wreck of Shch-317 on 2 May 2018 at a depth of 255 ft. (78 meters) in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland near Gogland.[citation needed]

. . . Soviet submarine Shch-317 . . .

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