Passing the surrendered battleships of the German Grand Fleet, between November 1918 and June 1919
|Laid down||21 May 1915|
|Launched||20 May 1916|
|Commissioned||4 August 1916|
|Fate||Sold for scrapping 26 October 1921|
|Class and type||K class submarine|
|Length||339 ft (103 m)|
|Beam||26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)|
|Draught||20 ft 11 in (6.38 m)|
|Complement||59 (6 officers and 53 ratings)|
HMS K3 was the lead ship of the British K-class submarines. She was laid down on 21 May 1915 by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness. She was commissioned on 4 August 1916.
In December 1916, K3, with the future King George VI aboard, uncontrollably dived. The ship plunged to 150 feet with the stern and propellers raised above the waves. It took twenty minutes to free the ship from the sea bed mud and surface successfully.
On 9 January 1917, K3’s boiler room was flooded in the North Sea. K3 was involved in an accident with the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron, that led to the sinking of K1, in November 1917. K3 was also involved in the "Battle of May Island" in 1918. On 2 May 1918, K3 yet again uncontrollably dived to 266 feet which crushed part of the hull.
K3 was sold on 26 October 1921 to the Barking Ship Breaking Company for scrapping in London.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
- Hutchinson, Robert. Submarines, War Beneath The Waves, from 1776 to the Present Day.