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Ceremony Remembers Tragic Lyme Bay Submariners

Sydney and Len

7:26am 4th October 2012

58 men who died in Lyme Bay when an experimental submarine sank, have been remembered in a beachside ceremony.

HMS  M-2,  which was carrying a two-seater bi-plane in a watertight hangar on its deck, went down 3 miles off Portland, 80 years ago.

This week, family members led by a Royal Naval Chaplain had planned to visit the site for a service,  but due to bad weather they gathered on Abbotsbury beach instead to pay their respects.

There are plans for relatives to be taken to the site in the future.

It's now a protected area, where members of the British Sub Aqua Club report any unauthorised attempts at entry to the Ministry of Defence. It sits upright on the sea floor, 100 feet down.

The sub was one of just four M types built...the first sank in a collision, and the other two were withdrawn from service.


Petty Officer George Estcourt

 

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