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HMS Speedy And HMT Linsdell
BRITISH GUNBOAT SUNK.
SIX LIVES LOST BY THE STRIKING OF MINES IN NORTH SEA,
The following was issued by the Press Bureau at 12.58 a.m.
A report from the commanding officer of H.M.S. Speedy states that the steam drifter
Linsdell struck a mine this morning thirty miles off the east coast and sank.
A quarter of an hour later H.M.S. Speedy also struck a mine and sank. The casualties reported are as follows :—
H.M.S. SPEEDY. Missing.—E. A. Claxton, officers' steward, second-class pensioner, official No. 157283.
Seriously Injured.—Mr. Alfred S. Bright, gunner ; Frederick Wm. Lee, petty officer, official No. 200081,
LINSDELL. Missing.—Skipper, Mr. Woodgate, R.N.R., and four members of the crew.
The remainder of the crew had been picked up by the Speedy before she struck the second mine.
The Speedy was an old torpedo-gunboat of 810 tons and moderate speed, and was built in 1893. Her armament consisted of two
4.7-inch guns and four 3-pounders. Prior to the declaration of war she was engaged on fishery protection duties in the North Sea.
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