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History

In January 1916, while on patrol in the North Sea, just north of the Dutch island of Texel, HMS E17 struck an uncharted sandbank, resulting in heavy damage. The submarine surfaced, where she encountered the Royal Netherlands Navy cruiser Noord-Brabant. Believing that the cruiser was belligerent, E17 submerged again, but the damage proved too heavy for the sub to sustain a dive.

HMS E17

HNLMS Noord-Brabant.

E17 returned to the surface again, where she signalled Noord-Brabant for assistance. The crew was rescued and taken to land where they were interred for the remainder of the war. E17, however, could not be saved, and finally sunk at 11:40 AM on January 6, 1916.

interior of an E-class submarine (source: wikicommons).

Description

Type: British E class submarine, Group 2

Shipyard: Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness

Completed: April 1915

Displacement: surfaced: 665 tons; submerged: 807 tons

Propulsion: 2 x 800 hp Vickers diesel, 2 x 840 hp electric

E 17 conning tower, on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, UK.

E-class submarine (HMS E 18).

People on board30
Length180.5 feet (55 m)
Beam15.1 feet (4.6 m)

References

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