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K Boat Catastrophe: Eight Ships and Five Collisions: The Full Story of the 'Battle' of the Isle of May [Hardcover]

N. S. Nash
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16 April 2009
On 31 January 1918 nine K Class steam-powered submarines sailed with the Grand Fleet to Exercise in the North Sea. The ships left the Firth of Forth at a speed of 21 knots on a cold winter night with the flagship HMS Courageous leading the way. Following in her wake was HMS Ithuriel and the K Class submarines of the 13th Submarine Flotilla and then 5 nautical miles astern of them, four more capital warships.As they approached The Isle of May navigational confusion broke out, caused by the misinterpretation of ship's steaming lights and mayhem followed. During the next couple of hours five collisions occurred involving eight ships and resulting in the death of 105 officers and ratings. This fiasco and the resulting naval investigation and court marshal were shielded from the general public and kept in secret files until the full details were released in 1994. From this official report, the author now tells the full story of that dreadful night and the proceedings that followed. Background information on the evolution of the ill-fated and much hated K Class submarines is also included together with the investigation and court marshal proceedings of the events surrounding that tragic night.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime; 1st Edition edition (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844159841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844159840
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Submarine disaster 6 July 2009
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I was hoping this book would throw up a lot of new facts on this episode in the K class submarine history. It says it makes use of historical records released in 1994. What I found was a book that was padded out with lots of scene setting, poor reproductions of photographs and no clear diagrams of what happened. Whilst there are new facts on the naval investigation and subsequent court martial, it doesn't give a very balanced assessment of the actions by the people involved. I was also very surprised that there is no reference to an earlier book (The K Boats by Don Everitt) which gives a very good account of the facts with some clear diagrams of the incident.
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Very well researched and well set out in a clear and lucid manner

Shows the Royal Navy of the Great War, in an unprofessional moment
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