Karp class submarine

The Karp Class were a group of submarines built by Krupp
The Krupp family , a prominent 400-year-old German dynasty from Essen, have become famous for their steel production and for their manufacture of ammunition and armaments. The family business, known as Friedrich Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp, was the largest company in Europe at the beginning of the 20th...

 Germaniawerft for the Imperial Russian Navy
Imperial Russian Navy
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. The boats were ordered in the 1904 emergency programme as a result of the Russo-Japanese War
Russo-Japanese War
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. The design was a twin hull type with 7 ballast tanks and a 16 fathom (96 feet) diving limit. The boats were delivered late for the war and transferred to the Black Sea Fleet
Black Sea Fleet
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 by rail in 1908. The design served as the prototype for the first German U-boat, U-1, which was commissioned into the Imperial German Navy on 14 December 1906. The U-1 has been preserved, and is currently on display at the Deutsches Museum
Deutsches Museum
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 in Munich.

Kambala sank 1909. The reason and location of this sinking is unclear. Some reports have the submarine sinking near Kronstadt
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 due to an erroneously opened valve while others have her sinking in an accidental collision with Rostislav near Sevastopol
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. It has even been suggested that she sank twice first near Kronstadt then after being salvaged was sunk again near Sevastopol.
In 1918 Karp and Karas were transferred to the Ukrainian State Navy.


Ship Launched fate
Karp Карп - Carp 1907 Decommissioned in 1917. Scuttled in Sevastopol on 26 April 1919.
Kambala Камбала - Flounder 1907 Sunk in collision with the battleship , 11 June 1909.
Karas Карась - Crucian carp 1907 Decommissioned in 1917. Scuttled in Sevastopol on 26 April 1919.
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