This painting is of the Group
II submarine E-14 during April 1915 before she is fitted with a deck gun.
There were 57 E Class
submarines built. The E
Class, or overseas as they were also known, were the first good and
reliable submarine the Royal Navy had ever had.
Being far superior to their ten D Class predecessors whose
production ended in 1912, the bigger and better E Class was in much more
demand and subsequently became the workhorse of WW1.
The first two groups of E Class
submarines (ten in Group I and twelve in Group II) were built in Vickers
Yard, Barrow and also in HM Dockyard, Chatham.
The third group however, saw for the first time ever, submarines
being built in other yards around the country.
Two boats (AE-1 and AE-2) were built for the Royal Australian Navy. While E-25 and E-26 were originally built for Turkey although
the Royal Navy reclaimed them during construction.
These dependable submarines
fought throughout WW1. Initially
they were based in Harwich and operating in the North Sea although before
too long they were deployed to Mediterranean waters and involved in the
campaign against Turkey as well as covering the Baltic and the Atlantic.
of this painting are individually hand signed by the artist.
Group I had 4 18 torpedo
tubes, 1 in bow, 1 in stern, and 2 in beam.
Group II (12 boats) and Group III (35 boats) had 2 bow torpedoes.
Around 1915 all boats were made or
fitted with a deck gun (usually a 12-pounder/40, QF (76mm).
Displacement: 662 tons surfaced, 807 tons submerged.
Performance: max speed 15.25 k (9.75k submerged)
180 x 226 x 126
dive depth: 100ft ne boat successfully dived to 245ft!)