E11

 

Type:
'E' Class

Group Two
Pennant No.:
I.91

Laid Down:
13th July 1912.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
19th September 1914.
Lt. Cdr. M. Dunbar-Nasmith.

Commander:
Aug. 1914 - 1919
Lt. Cdr. M. Nasmith (Later Dunbar-Nasmith).
1918
Lt. Cdr. Codrington.

Complement:
31
3 Officers, 28 Ratings.

Service Career:
1914
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich.
1915
Malta.
1916
Mediterranean Flotilla.
1917
Adriatic Flotilla, HMS Adamant, Suda Bay.
1918
Aegean Flotilla.

Fate:
One of three boats which sailed in October 1914 E.9 (Horton) and E.1 (Laurence) to penetrate the Baltic.   She was hounded by bad luck in respect of her engines which gave continual trouble.

At the time of her attempt the Germans had been alerted and there was much shipping in her vicinity, steamers and what gave most concern destroyers, in addtion to this she was harrassed by a German seaplane.

By the 22nd of October 1914 with the crew exhausted Nasmith returned to Harwich.

Sustained damage to one of her periscopes during an engagement with the Turkish gunboat Pelenki Deria on 22nd May 1915.

Nasmith despatched the gunboat with a torpedo but the crew continued to fire at E.11's periscope as their ship sank beneath them.   One shell took a neat piece out of the periscope and for the rest of the patrol Nasmith had to operate with only one periscope.

During this patrol on the 25th May Nasmith entered Constantinople harbour and carried out attacks on shipping.

E.11's second patrol lasted from 5th August to 2nd September and was crowned by the sinking of the Turkish battleship Heireddin Barbarossa on 8th August 1915.

Sank Torpedo Boat Yar Hissar in the Sea of Marmara on 3rd December 1915.

Sank the Gunboats Berki Satvet on 6th August 1915 and Sevket Numa on 20th November 1915, both in the Sea of Marmara.

Nasmith was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the Marmara in June 1915.

During her patrols in the Marmara E.11 destroyed 122 ships, many of these were small craft but this did not deter from E.11's nickname of 'Scourge of the Marmara'.

Recently received the following from Duncan Dunbar-Nasmith, the grandson of Lt. M.E. Nasmith.

E11's second patrol in the Marmara in fact ran from 1.30 am on August 5th until 9.15 am on September 3rd, and the Periscope was damaged on 23rd May.

I enclose the Patrol Report entry for that day.

23rd May
3.00 a.m. Arrived off Oxia Island.   While capturing a small sailing vessel, sighted empty transport returning to Constantinople.

5.50 a.m. Observed Turkish Torpedo Gunboat at anchor off Constantinople.   Attacked and sank her with Port bow torpedo, striking her amidships on the Starboard side.   While sinking she opened fire with a 6pdr gun, the first round hitting the foremost periscope.   Proceeded to a position North of Kalolino Island.   Rose to surface and prepared damaged periscope for new top.

10.30 a.m. Hands to bathe.

4.30 p.m. Proceeded to signalling billet West of Marmara Island arriving there at 2.0 a.m.

Some of the dates and types of vessels sunk during the third patrol do not quite tie up, so I enclose the list that was attached to the report for that patrol (it hasn't copied across from the Word file very well).

LIST OF VESSELS DESTROYED.

NOVEMBER 6TH TO DECEMBER 23RD 1915.
10.11.15
6.10 a.m. Barque Three masted large (Hay) Gunfire (Burnt).

15.11.15
11.35 a.m. Steamer.   Two masts one funnel Torpedoed(Beached).

15.11.15
11.38 a.m. Schooner Two masts large (laden) Torpedoed (Sunk).

15.11.15
3.35 p.m. Steamer Two masts one funnel Torpedoed (Sunk).

26.11.15
4.35 p.m. Steamer Two masts one funnel Gunfire (Sunk).

26.11.15
5.35 p.m. Steamer.   Two masts one funnel.   Gunfire (rendered unserviceable).

3.12.15.
1.30 p.m. Destroyer "Xar-Hissar" Torpedoed (sunk).

4.12.15
8.00 a.m. Steamer Two masts one funnel Gunfire (Sunk).

5.12.15
2.30 p.m. Barque (Bosphorus) Three masts laden Gunfire (Sunk).

5.12.15
9.00 p.m. Steamer Shirket Steamer No.40 Gunfire (On fire).

8.12.15
12.10 p.m. Armed Dispatch vessel Two masts two funnels Gunfire (On fire).

12.12.15
4.30 a.m. Tug boat One mast one funnel Gunfire (Sunk).

12.12.15
4.30 a.m. Large hulk Two masts large (laden) Gunfire (Sunk).

14.12.15
9.53 a.m. Steamer Two masts one funnel Torpedoed (Sunk).

TOTAL
11 STEAMERS
5 LARGE SAILING VESSELS
30 SMALL SAILING VESSELS

GRAND TOTAL 46 VESSELS

I hope that some of this is of interest to you.

Sold 7th March 1921.