First Fleet Sweeping Flotilla (Royal Navy)

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The First Fleet Sweeping Flotilla was a formation of fleet minesweepers of the Royal Navy. It was one of several attached to the Grand Fleet during the war.

History

Before mid-1916, a growing number of minesweeping vessels had been attached to the Grand Fleet, but by 1 July the growth rate was such that it was deemed fit to break the assemblage into three flotillas: the First, Second and Third. The First would retain Lupin, which had long borne the Senior Officer and nine other sweeping sloops. The Second would be a mix of ten sweeping sloops and older torpedo gunboats, while the Third would be comprised of twelve paddle minesweepers. It is not clear whether the man in Lupin remained the Senior Officer for all three flotillas, or merely of the First.

June, 1916 – c. February, 1917

The First is formed with a strength of ten sweeping sloops, one bearing the Senior Officer of, perhaps, all three flotillas.[1]

Attached to the Grand Fleet
Senior Officer
Lupin
Sweeping Sloops
Carnation Dahlia Daphne Lilac Marigold Myrtle
Delphinium Crocus Pansy

c. February, 1917 – March, 1917

The Senior Officer who had been in Lupin is has left and is now borne in Godetia of the Second Fleet Sweeping Flotilla.[2]

Attached to the Grand Fleet
Sweeping Sloops
Lupin Carnation Dahlia Daphne Lilac
Marigold Myrtle Delphinium Crocus Pansy

March, 1917 – June, 1918

In classic Royal Navy fashion, things get complicated. Lupin has been exchanged with Godetia from the Second Fleet Sweeping Flotilla. In this new arrangement, Lupin bears the Senior Officer and Godetia now bears the "Captain in Charge", which I presume means "in charge of Grand Fleet Fleet Sweepers." In addition, Delphinium and Crocus have been detached for unknown reasons, replaced by Iris and Sunflower.[3] No matter this shuffle, this new arrangement would prove durable.

Attached to the Grand Fleet
Captain in Charge
Godetia
Sweeping Sloops
Carnation Dahlia Daphne Lilac Marigold Myrtle
Iris Pansy Sunflower

June, 1918 – X

Myrtle paid off some time in June, but nothing else has changed.[4]

Attached to the Grand Fleet
Captain in Charge
Godetia
Sweeping Sloops
Carnation Dahlia Daphne Lilac Marigold Myrtle*
Iris Pansy Sunflower

Senior Officers

Second-in-Command

Footnotes

  1. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1916). p. 12 and Supplements through March 1917, save February which was not found.
  2. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1917). p. 12 and April's Supplement.
  3. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1917). p. 12 and Supplements through X.
  4. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1918). p. 12 and Supplements through X.
  5. Benson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/318. f. 83. This source calls it the "5th M/S Flotilla".
  6. Benson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/318. f. 83.
  7. Holland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/317. f. 348.
  8. Holland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/317. f. 348.
  9. Bevan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/270. f. 136.
  10. Bevan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/270. f. 136.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.

See Also



British Minesweeping Formations
Minesweeping Flotillas
First | Second | Third | Fourth
Fleet Sweeping Flotillas
First | Second | Third | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | Ninth | Tenth
Eleventh | Twelfth | Thirteenth | Fifteenth | Sixteenth | Eighteenth | Nineteenth
Twentieth | Twenty-first | Twenty-second | Twenty-third | Twenty-fourth