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Photographer:Henk Jungerius [View profile]Title:FNS VessikoAdded:Sep 28, 2011
Captured:June 15, 2008IMO:UnavailableHits:917
Location:Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Photo Category: Museum Ships
Vesikko is a Vesikko-class submarine, which was launched on 10 May 1933 at the Crichton-Vulcan dock in Turku. Until year 1936 it was named by its manufacturing codename CV 707. Vesikko was ordered by a Dutch engineering company Ingenieurskantoor voor Scheepsbouw in 1930 as a commercial submarine prototype.

Vesikko was one of the five submarines to serve in the Finnish Navy. The other four were the three larger Vetehinen-class boats Vetehinen, Vesihiisi, Iku-Turso (named after Finnish mythology characters) and the small Saukko (Finnish for otter). The word "vesikko" is the Finnish name for the European mink, a small predator now near extinction (already extinct within Finland). (WIKIPEDIA)
Seen during a harbour tour.
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Chris Howell on Sep 28, 2011 23:35 (7 years ago)
She was in fact a German design built as the prototype for the Type II boats soon be built in Germany. She was built secretly as at the time of her construction Germany was forbidden to build submarines.

She was based on the WW1 UB II class.

The three later Veterhinen class were also based on a German design, the WW1 UB-III and would be the basis for the highly successful V-II classes during WW2.
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