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HMS E6
Career
Name: HMS E6
Builder: Vickers, Barrow
Cost: £106,900
Laid down: 12 November 1911
Commissioned: 17 October 1913
Fate: Sunk by mine, 26 December 1915
General characteristics
Class & type: E class submarine
Displacement: 665 long tons (676 t) surfaced
796 long tons (809 t) submerged
Length: 178 ft (54 m)
Beam: 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 1,750 hp (1,305 kW) diesel
2 × 600 hp (447 kW) electric
2 screws
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced
9.5 knots (17.6 km/h; 10.9 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: 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes (1 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern)

HMS E6 was a British E class submarine built by Vickers Barrow-in-Furness. She was laid down on 12 November 1911 and was commissioned on 17 October 1913. She cost £106,900.

Service history[]

E6 had a short career in World War I. On 5 August 1914, she was towed by the light cruiser Attentive to Terschelling along with E8 which was towed by the destroyer Ariel. E6 and E8 then made the first Heligoland Bight Patrol. On 28 August 1914, E6 and E8 other boats took positions in a planned raid against the German Heligoland Bight Patrol using surface ships. On 25 September 1914, E6 fouled on two mines in Heligoland Bight, but escaped.

E6 was mined on 26 December 1915 in the North Sea off Harwich.

References[]

  • Submarines, War Beneath The Sea, From 1776 To The Present Day, by Robert Hutchinson.
  • The Royal Navy Submarine Service, A Centennial History, by Antony Preston.

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