Holbrook and Submarines – The Connection Why does Holbrook, a farming community 400 kms from the nearest seaport have a life-size submarine? In the main street of the township, lies the relic of the de-commissioned OTWAY, about 90 metres from bow to stem, also a life size torpedo and a 115 model of a World War 1 submarine. Holbrook’s unique link with submarines began during World War 1 when the town’s forefathers believed Germanton was no longer an appropriate name for the town. On 13 December 1914, Lieutenant Norman Holbrook, RX, had taken the British submarine HMS B 11 on a hazardous journey into the Dardanelles to torpedo and sink the Turkish battleship MESSUDIYEH. In a primitive petrol engine submarine whose battery power limited her to six knots underwater for only one hour, LEUT Holbrook braved minefields, surface patrols and Turkish artillery. After the sinking, B 11, with a shattered compass, scraped along the bottom of the channel literally feeling its way out. B 11 was submerged for eight hours, unheard of in 1914, and all the crew survived the mission. LEUT Holbrook was gazetted the Victoria Cross (V.C.) making him the first naval V.C. of the war as well as the first submariner to be awarded the medal, and the name Holbrook hit world headlines for the most daring underwater raid in the war. Back in Germanton, the suggestion that Holbrook be a fitting name for the town was greeted with enthusiasm and the first meeting of the new Holbrook Council was 24 August 1915.
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