Finnish submarine AG 16

Finnish Submarine AG 16

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Finnish submarine AG 16

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AG 16 (ex AG-13) was a Russian submarine of Holland 602GF/602L type (AG = Amerikansky Golland), which served in the Gulf of Finland during the First World War.

During World War I Russian and British submarines operated from bases in Finland. The Russian submarines of Holland type (AG 11, AG 12, AG 15 and AG 16) were scuttled in the harbor of Hanko on April 3, just prior to the German landing there. These submarines had good sea going qualities and were easy to handle. When the German troops advanced on Helsinki, the British submarine group sailed out and scuttled their submarines outside the city, on April 4, 1918. The Squadron consisted of the submarines E 1, E 8, E 9, E 19, C 26, C 27 and C 35. The British crews could return to Britain via Murmansk.

Two of the Russian submarines, the AG 12 and the AG 16, seemed to be in relatively good shape and the Finns decided to lift them and to repair them. After salvaging, the AG 12 was transferred to Turku and the AG 16 to Helsinki. AG 12 was however a hopeless case and was soon scrapped. The Finns asked both Germany and Electric Boat Co. for estimates on the cost of repairing the AG 16. The latter was so costly so only the German alternative remained. German experts evaluated the AG 16 and gave a cost estimate. The Finnish government would however never give funds for the repairing of the submarine, since the young nation had so much else to use their money on. The repairing would be costly and no shipyard were prepared to guarantee...
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