'E' Class

Group Two
Pennant No.:

Laid Down:
16th December 1912.
HM Dockyard, Chatham.

9th December 1914.
Lt. G. Layton.

Sept. 1914 - 1915
Lt. G. Layton.

3 Officers, 28 Ratings.

Service Career:
8th Flotilla, HMS Maidstone, Harwich.

Whilst en route to the Baltic she ran aground near the Danish island of Saltholm on 18th August 1915 due to a faulty gyro compass.

The Danish authorities gave the commanding officer twentyfour hour to refloat the boat or risk being interned.   The boat came under attack from two German torpedo boats and but for the intervention of the Danish torpedo boat Soulven may have suffered greater than she did.

Fourteen members of the crew were killed or fatally injured.   The remainder of the crew were interned and the boat was eventually sold to the Danish August 1915.

She was eventually scrapped but parts of her machinery gave service for many years.   Her motors were sold to the Aarhus Electric Works in 1929 and one was resold to a firm in Grenan where it remained in service until 1952.

Sold August 1915 to Denmark.