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HMS Nautilus (1910)

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Name  HMS Nautilus
Length  84 m
Type  Beagle-class destroyer
Draft  2.59 m
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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)
Builder  Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company

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.


Service history

During the First World War, Grampus participated in the Dardanelles Campaign against the Ottoman Empire.

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 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 Thos W Ward for scrapping at Rainham, Kent on 21 September 1920.


  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. 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. OCLC 67375475. 
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    HMS Nautilus (1910) Wikipedia

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