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1900 The Admiralty struck a deal with the American Electric Boat Company to build five Holland design submarines under license at the Vickers, Sons and Maxim shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness at a cost of £35,000 each. Electric Boat supplied drawings and components for an improved design that was bigger and more powerful than the US Navy's first submarine the Holland Type 6. They also agreed to send some experienced submariners to train the first British crew.
1901 Eight months later Britain's first submarine was pushed out of Yacht Shed No. 1 and down the slip way.
1904 On 24 October, with the rest of the Holland fleet and three A-class boats, Holland 1 sailed from Portsmouth to attack a Russian fleet that had mistakenly sunk a number of British fishing vessels in the North Sea in the Dogger Bank incident. The boats were recalled before any attack could take place.
1913 She was sunk by accident while under tow to a breakers yard in Wales.