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L10

Built By: Pembroke Dockyard
Build Group: L Group 2
Fate: The only L Class to be lost in the war. Sunk north of Terschelling by German destroyer S33 off river Texel, 30th October 1918

 

On the morning of 3rd October 1918 HMS L10 was in the vicinity of a German convoy, which had, the previous night, been attacked by British Destroyers. That afternoon a number of German ships were spotted searching the area for survivors and L10 signalled her intention of attacking the German squadron, which consisted of the Destroyers S33 and S34 and two torpedo boats heading from Zeebrugge to Germany. S34 struck a mine with the result that the other ships were forced to ignore the danger of mines to rescue the sinking destroyer’s crew. L10 moved in and fired a torpedo at S33. S33 was severely damaged but initial thoughts of another mine were dispelled when L10’s conning tower broached the surface. S33 managed to bring her guns to bear and sank the submarine through persistent shelling.


Events

26-02-1917 : Laid Down
24-01-1918 : Launched
01-06-1918 : Completed


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