English submarine E.13 being towed after being destroyed by German torpedo boats on Danish territory

Photograph

Description

English

This picture shows the salvaging of English submarine HMS E13. It had been sent out from Harwich to support the Russian fleet in the North Sea in an attempt to foil German trade with the Scandinavian countries. On the evening of 18 August 1915, HMS E13 ran aground off the island of Saltholm in the strait of Øresund because of problems with its compass. The shallow waters of Øresund were mined during the war, which made it a difficult strait to navigate.

The next morning, the Danish coast guard detected the UK submarine. Because of all the activity, German ships nearby caught sight of it and went in to attack, killing 15 onboard. This caused a huge stir in both Denmark and Britain, because of the breach of international law whereby ships were forbidden to open fire in Denmark’s neutral waters.

Danish

På billedet ses bjærgningen af den engelske ubåd, HMS E13. E13 var blevet udsendt fra Harwich for at understøtte den russiske flåde i Østersøen samt for at forhindre tysk handel med de skandinaviske lande. Den 18. august om aftenen løb E13 imidlertid på grund ved Saltholm i Øresund på grund af tekniske problemer med bådens kompas. Øresund er meget lavvandet og var derudover mineret under krigen, hvilket gjorde det til et svært stræde at passere. Den engelske ubåd blev om morgenen den 19. august opdaget af den danske kystbevogtning. Tyske skibe, der lå længere ude i sundet, fik pga. den megen aktivitet øje på E13 og angreb efterfølgende. Ved angrebet omkom 15 engelske søfolk. Angrebet vakte stor røre i både Danmark og i England, da det var en klar overtrædelse af international ret og den danske neutralitet at angribe et skib i neutralt farvand.

Full title
Photo of the English submarine E.13 being towed after being destroyed by German torpedo boats on Danish territory [Den engelske ubåd E.13 sænket af tyskerne på dansk territorialfarvand hæves]
Created
1915
Format
Photograph
Creator
Holger Damgaard
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Det Konglige Bibliotek
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Billedsamlingen. Da. hist. bl. 8° (1915) Sørgehøjtidelighed m.m. for den engelske ubåd E.13

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