HMS Hawke was sunk by a U Boat - On this day in Scottish history


15 October 2021
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The British battleship HMS Hawke was sunk by a U Boat on 15 October 1914.

The British warship HMS Hawke was sunk off the north-east coast of Scotland by a U-Boat on 15 October 1914. The ship's magazine was hit by a torpedo from the German U-Boat U9 and sank within eight minutes with the loss of 524 men - only seventy of the crew survived.

HMS Hawke was built at the Chatham Dockyard and launched in 1891. She was an Edgar-class protected cruiser that saw service as a troopship in the Mediterranean, transporting Greek servicemen and later hit the headlines when she was involved in a serious collision with the passenger liner Olympic in 1911, which ripped open her prow.

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