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

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Details of ADM 173
Reference: ADM 173
Title: 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.

Date: 1914-1987
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 32602 volume(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Admiralty , from 1953

Accruals: 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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