H.M.S. E 26 (1915)

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H.M.S. E 26 (1915)
Pendant Number: E.26[1]
Builder: Beardmore[2]
Launched: 11 Nov, 1915[3]
Commissioned: Dec, 1915[4]
Lost: 6 Jul, 1916[5]
Fate: unknown cause
H.M.S. E 26 was one of 57 submarines of the E class.

Service

D 1, E 55 and E 26 of the Eighth Submarine Flotilla sortied from Harwich at 7 p.m., GMT on 30th May 1916 to take stations at eight mile intervals on a line stretching 20 miles westward from the Vyl Light Vessel. E 26's position was the middle one, at 12 miles from the Light Ship. She sighted Horn's Reef at 11.35 p.m. on the 31st and the Light Vessel at 1.0 a.m., submerging to the bottom soon thereafter. She reported no encounters on June 1st and a single submarine sighting at 11.30 a.m. on the 2nd. As she was charging batteries at 20 minutes past midnight on the morning of the 3rd, a vessel was seen to challenge a line of five destroyers steaming southeast with flashing lights and to approach E 26 so rapidly that a quick dive was required to avoid being caught up.

All three British submarines left their pickets to return to Harwich after dark on June 3rd.[6]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 84.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 88.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 88.
  4. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 21. p. 39.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 88.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 343.
  7. Dobson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/15
  8. Dobson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 9.
  9. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 257.

Bibliography


"E" Class Submarine
E 1 Group
E 1 E 2 E 3 E 4 E 5
E 6 E 7 E 8 AE 1 AE 2
E 9 Group
E 9 E 10 E 11 E 12 E 13
E 14 E 15 E 16 E 17 E 18
E 19 E 20 E 21 E 22 E 23
E 25 E 26 E 27 E 29 E 30
E 31 E 32 E 33 E 35 E 36
E 37 E 38 E 39 E 40 E 42
E 43 E 44 E 47 E 48 E 49
  E 50 E 52 E 53  
  E 54 E 55 E 56  
Minelayers
  E 24 E 34 E 41  
  E 45 E 46 E 51  
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