HMS Nautilus (1910)
Grampus entering Valletta harbour, Malta, 1916
|Builder:||Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, Leamouth|
|Commissioned:||30 March 1910, as Nautilus|
|Renamed:||Grampus, 16 December 1913|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up, September 1920|
|Displacement:||860–940 long tons (874–955 t)|
|Length:||275 ft (84 m)|
|Beam:||27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)|
|Draught:||8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)|
|Installed power:||12,500 hp (9,300 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Coal-fired boilers, 2 or 3 shaft steam turbines|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
|Armament:||• 1 × BL 4-inch (100 mm) L/40 Mark VIII guns, mounting P Mark V
• 3 × QF 12 pdr 12 cwt Mark I, mounting P Mark I
• 2 × single 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
HMS Nautilus was a Beagle-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was commissioned on 30 March 1910 from Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Company. She was renamed HMS Grampus on 16 December 1913, her former name being reallocated to HMS Nautilus, the first Royal Navy submarine to be given one.
On 17 April 1915, in an attempt to break through the Dardanelles, the submarine HMS E15 ran aground under Kephaz Point. She was fired on and disabled, her captain, Lieutenant Commander T.S. Brodie and several of her crew were killed; the remainder taken prisoner. To prevent her capture, the Royal Navy tried over the next two days to destroy the submarine. Grampus was involved in one of the many failed attempts; she was simply unable to locate the E15.
On 6 August, HMS Grampus landed 11th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment of the 11th (Northern) Division inside Suvla Bay, but on the wrong part of the beach. The troops were ill-supplied and ran critically short of drinking water in the actions that followed; on 8 August, HMS Grampus cut one of her own water tanks loose and floated it ashore, which allowed the men who recovered it about a pint (0.5 litre) each.
Grampus was sold for scrapping in September 1920.
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