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Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: G
Fate: Rammed and sunk by HMS Pasley in error off the Norwegian coast on 16th September 1917. One survivor, stoker William Alfred Drake.
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These three medals are from the most peculiar of Barrow tragedies and are a reminder of how dangerous the life of a submariner can be.


08-12-1914 : Laid Down
15-06-1916 : Launched
22-08-1916 : Completed
16-01-1917 : G9 left the Tees on 9th September 1917. On the 16th she was on patrol off Norway between 60 degrees 30 minutes north and 61 degrees 30 minutes north. It was a very dark night and G9 knew an enemy submarine was in the vicinity. There was heavy rain, with sea state 5 and wind force 4-5.

Whilst on the surface, G9 fired two torpedoes at the destroyer HMS Pasley in mistake for German U-boat and was preparing to launch the stern tube torpedo before she was rammed. One torpedo missed Pasley, the other failed to detonate because of the acute angle of impact. The destroyer rammed the submarine. There was only one survivor.

The CO of Pasley had received no instructions regarding probable presence of British submarines in this area. The subsequent Court of Enquiry attributed no blame to Pasley.


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