Admiralty, and Ministry of Defence, Navy Department: Submarine Logs

ADM 173
Admiralty, and Ministry of Defence, Navy Department: Submarine Logs

This series consists of the logs of HM submarines from 1914. They are a comprehensive record of all wheel, telegraph and depth keeping orders, together with information on battery charges, firing of torpedoes, and navigational fixes etc.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
32568 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Admiralty , from 1953
Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

They were kept on a continuous rather than monthly basis as with the ships' logs. They were maintained by someone who was usually otherwise engaged in either steering or depth keeping, so abbreviations tend to proliferate. Many of these logs are enhanced by either cryptic comments of "matelots humour" or drawings/cartoons of topical interest.

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