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THE sinking of the first Royal Navy submarine 100 years ago this month is to be commemorated with a talk at the Submarine Museum in Gosport.

Holland 1, invented by John Philip Holland in 1901, sank on its way to the scrapyard in 1913.

The craft was recovered and salvaged in 1981, and is on display at the museum.

Bob Mealings, curator, said: ‘John Philip Holland is rightly known as the father of the submarine.’

The Submarine Inventors talk will be given by Mr Mealings at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum on Thursday, October 17 at 7pm.

Tickets cost £10 and proceeds will go to the Saving HMS Alliance Appeal. To book, call (023) 9254 5036.