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Posted on Wednesday 8th August

Divers from the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Tunbridge Wells Sub Aqua Club will be marking the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Holland 5 submarine - the oldest Royal Navy submarine wreck.

The wreck of the Holland 5 submarine was discovered in 1995, lying upright in 30 metres of water. Commissioned on 19 January 1903, the Holland 5 was one of the first submarines accepted for service in the Royal Navy, along with the Holland 1 which is now on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

No lives were lost when the Holland 5 sank - she was being towed for decommissioning and sank 6 miles southeast of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse, off the coast of Eastbourne. It was believed that flooding through the torpedo hatch caused the sinking.

The wreck of the most intact example of the Holland series is managed and protected by English Heritage, it was added to the English Heritage Heritage at Risk Register in 2011. Today's divers have been given a special licence for monitoring and research purposes.

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Royal Naval Submarines 1901 to 2008

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