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HMS E14

 
Crew of E14, seen after leaving the Dardanelles straits in 1915. Lt-Cmdr Boyle is standing at centre on the conning tower.
Crew of E14, seen after leaving the Dardanelles straits in 1915. Lt-Cmdr. Boyle is standing at centre on the conning tower. Photo by Ernest Brooks
Career
Name: HMS E14
Builder: Vickers, Barrow
Cost: £105,700
Laid down: 14 December 1912
Commissioned: 18 November 1914
Fate: Sunk, 28 January 1918
General characteristics
Class and type: E class submarine
Displacement: 667 long tons (678 t) surfaced
807 long tons (820 t) submerged
Length: 181 ft (55 m)
Beam: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) diesels
2 × 840 hp (626 kW) electric
2 screws
Speed: 15.25 knots (28.24 km/h; 17.55 mph) surfaced
10.25 knots (18.98 km/h; 11.80 mph) submerged
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)
65 nmi (120 km) at 5 kn (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph)
Complement: 30
Armament: • 5 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes (2 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern)
• 1 × 12-pounder gun
 

HMS E14 was a British E class submarine built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. During the First World War, two of her captains were awarded the Victoria Cross, and a large number of her officers and crew were also decorated.

HMS E14 was laid down on 14 December 1912 and was commissioned on 18 November 1914. Her hull cost £105,700.

Service history

E14 took part in an operation to penetrate the Sea of Marmara. She successfully dived beneath the minefields and broke into the Sea of Marmara on 27 April 1915. She quickly sank the Turkish gunboat Nurel Bahr, sinking 200 tons on 1 May. She then went on to damage the minelayer Peik I Shevket sinking 1014 tons in a torpedo attack. Upon her return, her captain, Lieutenant Commander Edward Courtney Boyle received the Victoria Cross; Lieutenant Edward Geldard Stanley and Acting Lieutenant Reginald Wilfred Lawrence were both awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and all the ratings were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.[1]

Later in her career, her new captain, Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Saxton White was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the Dardanelles. With the ex-Goeben crippled after the Battle of Imbros, E14 was dispatched to finish off the Turkish battlecruiser when repeated air attack failed to destroy her. Finding the Goeben gone, E14 attacked a merchant ship as she withdrew from the Dardanelles. Firing two torpedoes, one prematurely exploded damaging the submarine. She was forced to surface because of flooding but then came under coastal battery fire off Kum Kale. Then, while attempting to beach safely, White was killed by shellfire. E14 sank, but nine of her crew survived and were taken prisoner.[2]

References

  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 29169, p. 4894, 21 May 1915. Retrieved on 16 November 2009.
  2. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31354, p. 6445, 23 May 1919. Retrieved on 16 November 2009.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_E14



Edited by Mal Murray - 18 Aug 2010 at 20:32
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The wreck of the E14 has been located 94 years after she was sunk, a newspaper report regarding her being found may be viewed on the forum here;
 
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One of the dive team involved in the wreck discovery is writing an article for the Association, so hopefully we can get this published, with some new photographs of E14, in the Gallipolian :-)
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The next Gallipolian magazine will have a full report on the recent submarine find ...
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Hi there. Im very interested in the E14 submarine as my great great uncle died on board in 1918. How can i view this magazine report? Regards.

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Hi there, I would like to introduce www.facebook.com/groups/E14Submarine .The main purpose of this Facebook Group is to keep the memory of E14 submarine alive. As founder of the group I have a personal interest in the E14 as my Great Great Uncle Martin Robert Bond was killed in action aboard this very submarine in 1918. The idea is for like minded people who share the same interest to share any stories/pictures/information on the E14 or its crew. Would it be possible for you to share the above link so others can join my group? Also if you have any ideas of how else I can promote my new group. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks.
Philip Bond.




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Hi Philip,

A great idea.

I will post the link to your facebook page on the Linkedin network as well
To protect our history, we must secure it's future.
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