HMS A3

HMS_A3

She was a member of the first British A-class of submarines, although slightly bigger than the lead boat, HMS A1. She was built at Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness and was commissioned on 13 July 1904.

Left Portsmouth Harbour at 09.30 with several other ‘A’ & ‘C’ class submarines for exercises off Bembridge, Isle of Wight. The exercises had been in progress several hours when A-3 blew her tanks and surfaced directly in the path of the torpedo gunboat the 1070 ton HMS HAZARD. With a large hole torn in her side the A-3 sank to the seabed out of control drowning all 14 crew. She was raised five week later and moved into St Helen’s Bay, IOW. On the 12/03/1912 she was taken to Portsmouth and having been pumped out all 14 bodies were removed for burial at the Royal Naval Cemetery.

References:

Ref. Beneath the Waves by A. S. Evan, 1986, p27 – 29.
Ships of the Royal Navy: Vol. 1 p19.
Larn 1912.

The National Archives.

Knott database.

HMS A3 1

HMS A3 2

HMS A3 3

HMS A3 4

HMS A3 5

HMS A3 6

HMS A3 7


Day of Loss: 6

Month of Loss: 2

Year of Loss: 1912


Longitude: 50 31.41N

Latitude: 02 11.25W


Approximate Depth: 38 metres

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