Submarine life and physics. Extract from Memoir of Stoker, Petty Officer, Henry James Kinder

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The papers of Stoker Chief Petty Officer Henry James Kinder [AWM: PR01466] provide a first hand account of the AE2 mission. In this extract, Kinder provides a graphic account of the submariner's life in a World War I submarine and his early experiences as a volunteer in the submarine service.

"My first dive in a submarine off the Isle of Wight I am not likely to forget as the boat when submerging seem to go down at angles, and the crew looked a bit anxious, my hair seemed to be standing on end and I wasn't sure when we reached the surface again and returned to harbour and I could feel solid ground under my feet once more."

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