L12

 

Type:
'L' Class

Group Two
Pennant No.:
L.12

Laid Down:
22nd January 1917.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

Commissioned:
30th June 1918.
Lt. Cdr. P.E. Phillips.

Commander:
1918
Lt. Cdr. P.E. Phillips.
1920
Lt. T.F.A. Voysey.
1926
Lt. Cdr. H.N. Lake.
1929
Lt. Cdr. H.P.K. Oram.

Complement:
39
3 Officers and 36 Ratings.

Service Career:
1918
10th Flotilla, HMS Lucia, Tees.
1919
7th Flotilla, HMS Lucia, Tees.
1919
2nd Flotilla, HMS Lucia/Adamant, Devonport.
1929
D Group Reserve Flotilla, Portsmouth.

Fate:
She was involved in a collision with H47 on 9th July 1929.

The collision happened whilst both boats were on the surface, L12 struck H47 almost amidships and H47 sank immediately.

H47 was stuck on the bows of L12 who had penetrated her hull to a considerable depth.  This situation caused H47 to drag L12 down with her.   As both boats were surfaced the conning tower hatch on L12 was open and water poured into her.  

L12 was carried down to a depth of about 40 feet before she broke free.  By this time enough water had entered the boat to penetrate the batteries and the crew were in darkness and suffering the effects of chlorine gas.

Petty Officer Hicks was on the bridge of H47 at the time of the collision and had a remarkable escape.  He had jumped from the bridge onto the bows of L12 and grabbed hold of her forward jumping wire.  He was taken down with L12 but managed to cling to the wire until she returned to the surface.

Sold 16th February 1932.