S-1 Schnellboot gallery

The S-1 was a small vessel but it  had good seaworthy qualities, being able to navigate with waves of 2 meters and winds of 21 knots. The two 500 mm torpedo tubes could be removed to avoid being seen by allied intelligence agents, because although they were outside the restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, this program was financed with secret funds from the Reichmarine. This ship had a considerable range of more than 650 miles at 22 knots and with its 36 tons of displacement, it was the largest high speed coastal motor boat of its time. This vessel was considered as the prototype of all future torpedo boat classes and was known by her crew as “Mäxchen” (Little Max).

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