The Holland-class were the first submarines built for the Royal Navy. They were built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. The first three were designed by John Philip Holland. The Hollands were built under licence from the Holland Torpedo Boat Company/Electric Boat Company during the years 1901 to 1903. The Admiralty of the Royal Navy hoped to keep the Holland-class a secret and very few senior officers even knew of their existence. This led to the myth of the Royal Navy not taking any interest in submarines. On the contrary, the Royal Navy thought the submarine could become a potential weapon, but it had been Admiralty policy in the 19th Century to avoid encouraging revolutionary weapons.
This model is in the Holland 1 livery, the boat that was launched October 2nd, 1901.
Displacement: 110 long tons (112 t) surfaced
123 long tons (125 t) submerged
Length: 63 ft 10 in (19.46 m)
Beam: 11 ft 9 in (3.58 m)
Propulsion: Petrol engine, 160 hp (119 kW)
Electric motor, 74 hp (55 kW)
Speed: 8 knots (9.2 mph; 15 km/h) surfaced
7 knots (8.1 mph; 13 km/h) submerged
Range: 250 nmi (460 km) at 8 kn (9.2 mph; 15 km/h) surfaced
20 nmi (37 km) at 7 kn (8.1 mph; 13 km/h) submerged
Armament: • 1 × 14 in (360 mm) torpedo tube
• 2 torpedoes
March 29, 2012
I won this boat off of eBay about a week ago. The Holland boats always fascinated me with their simple yet effective hull form, and also for the historical role they played in the development of the modern submarine.
The boat is in 1/32 scale. It was originally constructed by a gentleman by the name of Rick Palumbo. As of the time that I received it, it has never seen an operational outing, only bench testing. Its in great shape and I'm excited to see how it does in the water.
The WTC is a piston setup that uses a pump to pump water in and out of the ballast chamber.