HMT Elk (1902)
|Builder:||Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley|
|Launched:||21 August 1902|
|Fate:||Sunk by mine, 27 November 1940|
|Length:||33.1 m (109 ft)|
|Beam:||6.4 m (21 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Triple expansion steam engine, 62 hp (46 kW), single screw|
|Armament:||1 × 6-pounder gun|
Elk was built by Cook, Welton & Gemmell at Beverley, Yorkshire, launched on 21 August 1902, and first operated from Grimsby. During World War I she was hired by the Admiralty and served as a minesweeper from 1914 until 1918. She was then operated commercially under various owners at Grimsby, Hakin and Plymouth. Elk was hired by the Admiralty in November 1939 to serve as a danlayer (laying buoys in channels cleared by minesweepers) and was armed with one 6-pounder gun. HMT Elk was sunk by a mine south-east of Penlee Point off Plymouth on 27 November 1940. There were no casualties.
The Elk was re-discovered by divers in 1981 upright on a sandy bed at 50°17.800′N 4°10.600′W / 50.296667°N 4.176667°WCoordinates: 50°17.800′N 4°10.600′W / 50.296667°N 4.176667°W in 30 metres (98 ft) of water with a drop-off in excess of 40 metres (130 ft).