H.M.A.S. Melbourne (1912)

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H.M.A.S. Melbourne (1912)
Pendant Number: 86 (Jan 1918)
93 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Cammell Laird[2]
Laid down: 14 Apr, 1911[3]
Launched: 30 May, 1912[4]
Commissioned: Jan, 1913[5]
Sold: 8 Dec, 1928[6]
Fate: to Alloa, Rosyth[7]

H.M.A.S. Melbourne was built in Britain, but operated exclusively with the Royal Australian Navy, never with the Royal Navy. Hence, she always bore the "H.M.A.S." prefix.

Service

Melbourne paid off into Reserve on 29 September, 1924.[8]

Torpedoes

In December 1912, the Admiralty imposed a limit of gyro angle settings of 20 degrees in this and nine other ships. This restriction was lifted just before the war.[9]

Alterations

Melbourne was one of just six light cruisers listed as having a Turret Control Table in her TS in June 1918. If and when this was provided is uncertain.[10]

She was fitted with a director in June, 1917. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 46.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 46.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 53.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 46.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 53.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 46.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 46.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 294.
  9. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 207 of 31 July 1914.
  10. Handbook for Capt. F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables. p. 3.
  11. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  12. Silver Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 46.
  13. Silver Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 46.
  14. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  15. Goodenough Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 433.
  16. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 949.
  17. Astley-Rushton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 55.
  18. Astley-Rushton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 55.
  19. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  20. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/342. f. 385.
  21. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 949.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 901.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 294.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1918). Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. C.B. 1456. Copy No. 10 at Admiralty Library, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
  • Admiralty, Technical History Section (1919). The Technical History and Index: Fire Control in H.M. Ships. Vol. 3, Part 23. C.B. 1515 (23) now O.U. 6171/14. At The National Archives. ADM 275/19.



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