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K13

Built By: Fairfield (Clyde)
Build Group: K Group 1
Fate: K13 which sank on 29th January 1917 when carrying out Acceptance Trials in the Gareloch off shore of the Shandon Hydropathic Hotel. Shortly after lunch the Submarine dived to carry out some final checks when the after end of the Submarine was flooded through the Engine Room Ventilators which had failed to shut properly. All personnel in the after part of the submarine were drowned.

The survivors from the front end of Submarine K13 were rescued on 31st January. The Submarine was raised on 15th March 1917 and was refitted and returned to service as K22.

Scrapped in December 1926.
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Survivors

Officers
  • Commander Godfrey Herbert
  • Lieutenant Paris Graham Singer
  • Lieutenant (E) Leonard Chichester Rideal
Ratings
  • CPO Reginald Atkinson O/N 233659
  • PO Robert Oscar Moth 220366
  • PO Robert William Nicholls 195631
  • PO Stanley Albert White 220128
  • L/Sea Charles Frederick Osborne 225038
  • L/Sea Robert Henry Hudd 231390
  • L/Sea Arthur Travers 238252
  • AB James Patrick O’Regan 238673
  • AB Frank Harry Byrnes J5561
  • AB Albert Knight J373
  • AB Arthur Henry Kirk 235218
  • AB Henry John George Akers 195047
  • AB Ernest Edward Stevens J5146
  • AB Henry William Frederick Mackrell J26655
  • AB Richard John Pring Wattley J16437
  • AB Robert Young J10983
  • AB Thomas Arnold Guthrie J8959
  • AB George Edmondson O/N 228678
  • L/Sig Arthur Reginald Riley J21077
  • L/Tel Charles Albert Harry Freestone J15536
  • Boy Tel Joseph Swift J44055
  • ERA Owen Charles Lewis M3716
  • CERA Albert Denne M4470
  • SPO Charles Smith 302886 (Po)
  • Sto Ernest Alfred Smith K19554
  • Sto George Baker O/N K7178
Civilians
  • Frederick W Searle, Admiralty Ship Overseer
  • Edward Hepworth, Admiralty Overseer (Boilers)
  • William Hancock, Admiralty Overseer
  • Robert Lake, Brotherhoods Ltd
  • Frederick C Cocks, RCNC
  • Prof. Percy Hillhouse, Fairfield Chief Engineer
  • Edward Skinner, Fairfield Electrical Department
  • William MacLean, Fairfield
  • Donald Hood, Fairfield
  • Frank Bullen, Fairfield
  • John Green, Fairfield Mechanical Foreman
  • Henry Kerr, Fairfield
  • William Struthers, Fairfield
  • Edward Powney, Chadburns of Liverpool
  • Donald Renfrew Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird
  • Sidney Black Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird
  • William Williams, Brown Brothers (Boilers)
  • Captain Joseph Duncan, Clyde Pilot

The Civilian dead from the accident are commemorated on a memorial drinking fountain erected by the Fairfield Company in Elder Park – opposite the site of the Fairfield Building Yard on the Clyde. The Civilian Staff who died in the accident are as listed below:

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Bevis, George William  Stoker  K 8719    25
Bradley, Tom  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  272472    24
Clark, Stephen Clutson  Acting Leading Stoker  K 5824    25
Cornish, Herbert  Stoker  K 9219    22
Dickinson, John  Stoker  K11895 (Po)    24
Dymond, Ridgeway  Stoker  K14330    23
Fenson, Walter Abraham  Chief Stoker  297570 (Ch)    34
Fieldwick, George William  Stoker Petty Officer  301111    35
Goddard, Henry Charles  Stoker  K20432    22
Goodhart, Francis Herbert Heaveningham  Commander      32
Hallihan, Timothy  Stoker  K12408    24
Hole, Frederick Stephen  Civilian: Admiralty Overseers Assistant     
Hooper, Richard  Stoker  K 9871    24
Howard, Frederick James  Leading Stoker  K 9207    24
Kirk, James  Civilian: Fairfield Engine Department     
Lane, Arthur Ernest  Engineer Lieutenant     
Lewis, William John  Civilian: Fairfield Engine Department     
Mitchell, Thomas  Leading Stoker  302275    36
Neate, Frank Thomas  Civilian: Fairfield Foreman Electrician     
Porter, Frederick Raymond  Petty Officer  171745  DSM  39
Pratt, Herbert  Bosun  Ex203959    33
Roberts, John Arthur  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  1629/EA    29
Born Perth, Western Australia 15/12/1887
Roberts, William   Stoker  K1715 (Dev)    26
Scarlett, Alfred  Stoker  K/12902    23
Simpson, Horace  Stoker  K 4303 (Dev)    25
Smith, Frederick William George  Chief Engine Room Artificer  270355    38
Smith, William Chalmers  Civilian: Fairfield Engine Department     
Steel, John P  Civilian: Fairfield Engine Department     
Strachan, William Alfred  Civilian: Fairfield Engine Department     
White, Leonard  Stoker  K15229    26
Williams, Robert William  Able Seaman  J3706    25
Williamson, George Jenkins  Stoker Petty Officer  229331    29

Events

01-10-1915 : Laid Down
11-11-1916 : Launched
29-01-1917 : Just after noon HMS K13, on trials in the Gareloch, signaled to nearby HMS E50 her intention to dive. As the submarine submerged the engine room began to flood. The submarine became uncontrollable and came to rest on the bottom with the engine room and after torpedo room flooded.

The crew of E50 witnessing K13's rapid dive closed in on the area discovering traces of oil and escaping air breaking the surface. The first rescue vessel arrived around midnight. Divers were sent down to inspect the submarine and just after daybreak on the 30th morse signals were exchanged between the divers and the trapped crew. At 1700 an airline was successfully connected, empty air bottles recharged and ballast tanks blown. With the aid of a hawser slung under her bows K13 was brought to within 8 feet of the surface. By midday of the 31st K13's bow had been raised ten feet above the water. By 2100 the pressure hull had been breached using oxyacetylene cutting equipment the survivors being transferred to safety. K13 was finally raised on 15th March, refitted and returned to service as HMS K22.
18-10-1917 : Completed
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