Lieutenant Edward C. Carrť was commandant van de onderzeeboot E-47 toen ze in augustus 1917 niet terugkeerde van een patrouille op de Noordzee. Het schip was gebouwd op de werf Fairfield en later afgebouwd op de werf Beardmore. Ze was iets ouder dan een jaar toen ze verging, vermoedelijk rond 20 augustus 1917 waarbij de gehele bemanning om het leven kwam.
'Dear Sir, I would like you to inform about the following. Past two years wreckdivers of Divingteam Noordkaap from the island Vlieland in the North of Netherlands, made several surveys on a wreck of a British WW I submarine. The wreck lies in the northsea about six nautical miles northwest of the Frisian Island Texel. This wreck was discovered several years ago, but there was no clues as to the identity of this wreck. Observations of the wrek made clear is was a Royal Navy E-type submarine. Last year the deckgun, which was torn off of its fundaments probably by a trawler and which was lying besides the wreck, was salvaged by Divingteam Ecuador from Terschelling. The number of this 12 pdr. 8 cwt Quick Firing gun, engraved in the bronze screw breech, is 1641. Correspondence with the Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport showed that this gun was fitted on the deck of HMS E 47. The letter of Derek Gurney, Curator of the Museum of Naval Firepower, says: A gun record has found that a 12 pdr. 8 cwt Quick Firing gun serial 1641 was issued to submarine E-47 on 16 september 1916. The last entry in the record is "Lost at Sea" . A total of 26 E-type Royal Navy submarines were lost at during WW I and 13 of these are lost in the North Sea. With this, I think, its save to say that the wreck that bears the Dutch Hydrographic Department wrecknummer 927, and which lies in position 53 06 810 N and 4 33 280 E, is that of HMS E47. Observations on the wreck give the impression that E- 47 hit a mine. The remains of the hull show a large hole at the portside of the control-room section. The bow lies in an easterly direction, which might say E-47 was still on it's way to it's patrol area. You can add this information to you file on HMS e-47, I might be of use for now or in the future" w.g. Dirk Bruin die nooit antwoord kreeg van de arrogante Engelse overheid.
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