C27

 

Type:
'C' Class

Group Two
Pennant No.:
I.57

Laid Down:
4th June 1908.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
14th August 1909.
Not known at present.

Commander:
Nov. 1911
Lt. G.S. White.
April 1914
Lt. Cdr. Dobson.
1916
Lt. D. Sealy.
1917
Lt. D. Sealy.

Complement:
16
2 Officers, 14 Ratings

Service Career:
1913
7th Flotilla, HMS Vulcan, Dundee.
1915
Baltic Flotilla, Dvina, Revel (Tallin), Estonia.
1916
Baltic Flotilla, Dvina, Revel (Tallin), Estonia.
1917
Baltic Flotilla, Dvina, Revel (Tallin), Estonia.
1917
Baltic Flotilla,Pamyat Azova, Helsingfors, Finland.

Fate:
This boat, along with three other 'C's, was sent to the Baltic to reinforce the 'E' class boats which were operating there.

They were towed to Archangel and then made their way down the White Sea Canal on lighters to Kronstadt, where they carried out short patrols in the Gulf of Riga.

This boat was also involved in one of the more unusual submarine operations.   It was decided to tow a 'C' class submarine submerged, behind a trawler, submarine and trawler being linked by telephone whose cable ran down the towing wire.   The idea being, if a U-boat was sighted the tow would be slipped and the 'C' class would take up position and hopefully torpedo the U-boat.

This method did prove successful on more than one occasion.

C.27 torpedoed U-23 by this method whilst being towed by the Princess Louise, 20th July 1915.

Mishaps too, see C.29.

Credited with sinking 1 (one) merchant ship, tonnage unknown, whilst in the Baltic.

Attacked and damaged the transport Indianola, 1917.

Scuttled in the Baltic (Helsingfors Bay), to avoid capture on 5th April 1918.