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Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: A Group 2
Fate: 8 May 1905 - Sank in Plymouth Sound after internal explosion but was raised and repaired. Eventually stricken in July 1916 and sold for breaking on 18th October 1920 to Phillips of Dartmouth.

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Roll of Honour

W G Ayloff  Petty Officer 1st Class
G Beedham  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
S Birch  Able Seaman
W G Bruckland  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
A B Crew  Petty Officer 1st Class
T Cusick  Leading Seaman
E T Fletcher  Sub-Lieutenant
E Greene  Stoker
J Kerswell  Leading Seaman =
J McKnight  Able Seaman
T S Reeve  Chief Stoker
A Rylands  Able Seaman
J W Simpson  Leading Seaman
J Thomas  Leading Seaman
F Vickers  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class



01-09-1903 : Laid Down
23-01-1905 : Launched
08-05-1905 : At 10:30 in the morning an explosion ripped through HMS A8 whilst she was on exercise in Plymouth Sound. A nearby Trawler, the Chanticleer witnessed the explosion and lowered her boats as the submarine began to founder to offer assistance.

Shortly after the submarine sank further explosions were witnessed and wreckage drifted to the surface. HMS A8 was salvaged on the 12th and inspections indicated that the explosions were more than likely caused by a chemical reaction within the battery.
08-05-1905 : Completed


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