Name: K XVII
Builder: Fijenoord, Rotterdam
Laid down: 1 June 1931
Launched: 26 July 1932
Commissioned: 19 December 1933
Fate: Struck by a mine on 21 December 1941
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: K XIV class submarine
  • 865 tons surfaced
  • 1045 tons submerged
Length: 73.64 m (241 ft 7 in)
Beam: 6.51 m (21 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)
  • 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph) surfaced
  • 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
  • 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph) on the surface
  • 26 nmi (48 km; 30 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 38

K XVII was one of five K XIV class submarines built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. She served during World War II.

Service history

The submarine was laid down in Rotterdam at the shipyard of Fijenoord on 1 June 1931. The launch took place on 26 July 1932. On 19 December 1933 the boat was commissioned in the Dutch navy.[2] From 20 June to 1 August 1934 K XVII, K XVIII, Hertog Hendrik, Evertsen and Z 5 made a trip to the Baltic Sea, visiting the ports of Gdynia, Königsberg, Riga and Copenhagen.[2]

In early January 1935 K XVII and her sister K XVI, were sent to the Dutch East Indies where they arrived on 26 March 1935 in Padang.[2] On 6 September 1938 she participated in a fleet show at Surabaya. The show was held in honor of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands who was than 40 years the head of state. More than twenty navy ships participated in the show.[2]

World War II

During the war K XVII patrolled in the South China Sea, off Malaya and in the Gulf of Siam. While exiting the Gulf of Siam in December 1941 she hit a Japanese mine and sunk. The entire crew of thirty-six men perished.[2] Her wreck was located in 1978.[2]

There are several conspiracy theories involving K XVII and how it allegedly sighted the Japanese fleet prior to attacking Pearl Harbor.[3][4][5][6][7]


  1. "Dutch Submarines: The K XIV submarine class". 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Dutch Submarines: The submarine K XVII". 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  3. "Dutch Submarines: The submarine K XVII".
  4. "Books: The spy who went after the gold". The Independent.
  6. " - Hr. Ms. K XVII: sunk by a mine or an assault?".
  7. Creighton, Christopher (1996). Op. JB. Simon & Schuster. p. 112-113, 245-246. ISBN 0-684-81786-1.

Coordinates: 3°10′N 104°12′E / 3.167°N 104.200°E / 3.167; 104.200

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