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E41

Built By: Cammell Laird (Mersey)
Build Group: E Group 3ML
Fate: 15/8/1916 - Sank off Harwich after collision with HMS E4
Scrapped in September 1922

Roll of Honour

C J Ashby  Petty Officer
A V Beail  Able Seaman
G Calvo  Stoker
C C Daniels  Stoker
J Evans  Stoker
W Frener  Leading Stoker
J Garland  Leading Stoker
F H Gaunt  Able Seaman
W A Grant  Leading Seaman
F Gribble  Stoker
C T Klemp  Lieutenant RNR
S Moncton  Engine Room Artificer
G F Roach  Able Seaman
H N Saywell  Engine Room Artificer
A G Stewart  Able Seaman
J Wells  Stoker

 

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Events

22-10-1915 : Launched
01-02-1916 : Completed
15-08-1916 : Whilst carrying out anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea, HMS E41 acting as a target, had begun a surface passage of 12 knots when HMS E4s periscope appeared 50 yards off her starboard bow, on a collision course. E41 stopped her engines but not before E4 collided forward of the bridge.

E41 began to take in water through the forward battery compartment and began to sink by the bow. In less than two minutes the conning tower was under the water.

HMS Firdrake, who had been monitoring the exercise, took less than two minutes to reach the scene of the collision to pick up survivors. There were no survivors from E4. Both submarines were eventually located, salvaged for return to service, although E41 never served again.

NOTE: William Brown’s survival was remarkable - he found himself trapped alone inside E41 when the submarine sank. By his own efforts and his extensive knowledge of the submarine systems he managed in darkness to isolate the compartment, flood and equalise the space and make a free ascent escape reaching the surface successfully about half an hour after the collision.


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