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Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: A Group 2
Fate: 16/1/1914 - Sank in Whitsand Bay near Plymouth. Remains 135 feet down as a maritime grave
A7 with experimental hydroplanes forward of the fin

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Roll of Honour

J F Crowley  Petty Officer
E F Dyer  Able Seaman
F C Harris  Able Seaman
F Jewell  Able Seaman
RHG Morrison  Sub-Lieutenant
R W Nagle  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
J Northam  Leading Stoker
CEJ Russell  Able Seaman
R Venning  Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
L Wagstaff  Leading Stoker
G M Welman  Lieutenant Commanding Officer


On 16/1/1914 A7 and four other submarines were undertaking dummy torpedo runs against gunboat HMS Pygmy and depot ship HMS Onyx. A7 dived to commence an attack and never resurfaced.

It took six days to locate A7 and three salvage attmpts were made to pull her clear of the mud. Her hull was damaged and further attempts were reluctantly abandoned. Nine crew members remain buried inside in wreck.


01-09-1903 : Laid Down
21-01-1905 : Launched
13-04-1905 : Completed
16-01-1914 : Whilst carrying out practice torpedo attacks against HM Ships Onyx and Pigmy, HMS A7 failed to surface having been seen to submerge by HMS Pigmy at 1110 The cause of her loss is not known and although her wreck was located on the 22nd of January bad weather prevented salvage.
12-03-1914 : Burial held at sea.


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