A8

 

Type:
'A' Class

Group Two
Pennant No.:
I.18

Laid Down:
1st September 1903
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
8th May 1905
Lt. A.H.C. Candy.

Commander:
Nov. 1904
Lt. A.H.C. Candy.
May 1908
Lt. H. Vaughan-Jones.
1910
Lt. D. Grieg.
1910
Lt. C.L. Kerr.
1911
Lt. F.T. Hewson.
Feb. - Oct. 1913
Lt. E.E.C. Tufnell.
Oct. 1913 - 1914
Lt. R. N. Stopford.
1915
Cdr. A.H.C. Candy.

Complement:
11
2 Officers and 9 ratings.

Service Career:
1906
HMS Forth, Devonport.
1908
HMS Forth, Devonport.
1909 - 1912
HMS Onyx, Devonport
1912 - 1914
1st Flotilla, HMS Onyx, Devonport.
1914 - 1916
1st Flotilla, HMS Onyx, Devonport.

Fate:
On 8th June of 1905 whilst operating off the Plymouth breakwater, she was following the depot ship at a speed of 10 knots when she suddenly disappeared.   There were only four of the crew saved.

The four survivors were the CO, a Sub Lt, Petty Officer Waller (The submarine services first coxswain) and a Leading Stoker.   It was at first thought that an explosion was responsible for the loss of A8 but further evidence came out at an inquiry.

The inquiry came to the solution that the boat developed a bow down angle whilst travelling at 10 knots.   This was possibly caused by an intake of water into the foremost petrol tank, where a rivet was discovered to be missing.

From 1916 on training duties.

Sold 8th October 1920.