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

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Ayloff, William George  Petty Officer 1st Class  194448    24
Beedham, George  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  269605    25
Birch, Stephen  Able Seaman  201849    24
Bruckland, William George  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  270254    29
Crew, Arthur Burns  Petty Officer 1st Class  151548    32
Cusick, Thomas  Leading Seaman  194176    25
Fletcher, Edward Travers  Sub Lieutenant      21
Greene, Edmond  Stoker  282298    29
Kerswell, John  Leading Seaman  181481    27
McKnight, John  Able Seaman  207398    22
Reeve, Thomas Samuel  Chief Stoker  137633    37
Rylands, Arthur  Able Seaman  180612    26
Simpson, James William  Leading Seaman  180703    27
Thomas, Joseph  Leading Seaman  179358    26
Vickers, Frederick  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  269707    25


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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