Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: A Group 2
Fate: Broken up in 1920.
The ill fated A5
The ill fated A5

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A5's refueling was completed at 0805. Approximately two hours later an explosion occurred inside A5 toward the stern, a second explosion some thirty minutes later followed this. The second explosion was located in the conning tower area. So great was the force of the explosions that members of the crew were actually blown out of the boat through the main hatch into the water. Subsequently two crew members were picked up by a tug.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Davis, Henry  Stoker  290058    24
Goldthorpe, Ernest  Leading Stoker  280244    28
Manley, Arthur  Petty Officer 1st Class  146205    32
Died of injuries at Haulbowline Hospital
Pryor, William John  Petty Officer 1st Class  157383    31
Died of injuries at Haulbowline Hospital
Sinden, Charles Edward  Chief Engine Room Artificer  268278    33
Skinner, Frederick Charles  Lieutenant      21
Promotion to Lieutenant 15/02/1905


01-09-1903 : Laid Down
03-03-1904 : Launched
11-02-1905 : Completed
16-02-1905 : A5 experienced an internal petrol explosion shortly after refuelling from the depot ship HMS Hazard berthed in Queenstown, County Cork. The cause of the explosion was petrol fumes being ignited by a spark from the Main Motor Brushes.

Six of the crew were immediately killed by the explosion or died shortly afterward.


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