33: A NINE CARAT GOLD SOUVENIR BROOCH FOR H.M. SUBMARIN
A NINE CARAT GOLD SOUVENIR BROOCH FOR H.M. SUBMARINE K5
modelled in a waterline starboard profile, the superstructure enamelled ‘K5’, impressed ‘9C’ behind hinge -- 2½in. (6.4cm.) diameter; 6.6gr.
Built in 1917, the K5 was one of a class of seventeen steam-driven submarines designed to cruise at 24 knots to keep up with the Grand Fleet. The challenge of steam propulsion in such craft was never fully mastered and the whole class was bedevilled by a litany of problems until they were scrapped in 1931. K5 disappeared, with all 51 hands, on exercise in the Bay of Biscay on 20th January 1920. From wreckage floating at the scene, it was assumed she exceeded her maximum depth and was crushed.