Britain loses first ship in war
The HMS Amphion when it launched in 1911. Photo: Imperial War Museum.

Britain loses first ship in war

Published: 6 August 1914

The HMS Amphion has sunk this morning after striking a mine. Over 100 men were killed in the incident, along with Paymaster Gedge. Also killed were 20 German prisons of war, who were confined in the forepart of the ship. The captain, 16 officers and 135 men were saved.

The Amphion was the same ship that sank the German mine layer, the Konigen Luise, yesterday.

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