D. Arnold-Forster 1901

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Letters written from the trials of the Royal Navy's first ever submarine

Delafield Arnold-Forster joined the Royal Navy in 1891 and travelled to Grenada, Antigua and Copenhagen. For ten months he helped to trial the Royal Navy’s first ever submarine, Holland 1, and during this time he wrote letters to his family describing his experiences.

Article Highlights

  • Introduction

  • Reservations about joining the submarine service

  • The Holland 1 team

  • The underwater trials

  • The death of a crew member

  • Arnold-Forster's progression in the Navy

A young Lieutenant Arnold-Forster (RNSM)
A young Lieutenant Arnold-Forster (RNSM)

To find out Arnold-Forster's reservations about joining the submarine service, select Next


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