HMS E47

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Career
Name: HMS E47
Builder: William Beardmore, Dalmuir
Laid down: 29 May 1916
Commissioned: October 1916
Fate: Lost, 20 August 1917
General characteristics
Class and type: E-class submarine
Displacement: 662 long tons (673 t) (surfaced)
807 long tons (820 t) (submerged)
Length: 181 ft (55 m)
Beam: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Installed power: 3,200 hp (2,400 kW) (diesel engines)
1,680 hp (1,250 kW) (electric motors)
Propulsion: 2 × diesel engines
2 × electric motors
2 × screws
Speed: 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h) (surfaced)
10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) (submerged)
Range: 3,000 nmi (3,500 mi; 5,600 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) (surfaced)
65 nmi (75 mi; 120 km) at 5 kn (5.8 mph; 9.3 km/h) (surfaced)
Complement: 30
Armament: 5 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes (2 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern), 1 × 12-pounder gun

HMS E47 was an E-class submarine launched by Fairfield, Govan for the Royal Navy and completed by William Beardmore, Dalmuir. She was laid down on 29 May 1916 and was commissioned in October 1916.

Service history[edit]

E47 was based at Harwich with the 9th Flotilla - depot ships Maidstone and Forth. She was engaged in North Sea patrols off the German and Dutch coasts. Following the resumption of German coastal shipping between Heligoland Bight and Rotterdam, four E-class submarines were sent to intercept. E47 was lost in the North Sea on 20 August 1917. There were no survivors.

Wreck of E47[edit]

The wreck of E47, found in 2002 by Divingteam Noordkaap from Vlieland, lies about 6 nmi (6.9 mi; 11 km) northwest of Texel. The deck gun, which was torn off its mounting, probably by a trawler, and was lying beside the wreck, has been salvaged and identifies the wreck.

The wreck bears the Dutch Hydrographic Department wreck number 927, and lies in position 53°6′8.10″N 4°33′28.0″E / 53.1022500°N 4.557778°E / 53.1022500; 4.557778Coordinates: 53°6′8.10″N 4°33′28.0″E / 53.1022500°N 4.557778°E / 53.1022500; 4.557778.

Casualties[edit]

Among the men lost in the sinking of E47 was Lieut. Colin Fraser Creswell, the son of Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell KCMG, KBE, RAN.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colin Fraser Creswell". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Colin Francis Creswell 1894 - 1917 and HMS Implacable and Sub E-47". ahoy.tk-jk.net. Ahoy - Mac's Web Log. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 

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