H.M.S. Aboukir (1900)

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H.M.S. Aboukir (1900)
Pendant Number: N.00 (1914)[1]
Builder: Fairfield[2]
Ordered: 1897-98 Programme[3]
Laid down: 9 Nov, 1898[4]
Launched: 16 May, 1900[5]
Commissioned: 3 Apr, 1902[6]
Torpedoed: 22 Sep, 1914[7]
Fate: by U 9[8]

Service

Aboukir was commissioned at Portsmouth on 3 April, 1902, by Captain Sir Charles J. Graves-Sawle, Baronet for service on the Mediterranean Station.[9]

On 15 June, 1905, the Aboukir was paid off by Captain Graves-Sawle at Portsmouth and recommissioned on 16 June by Captain William J. Grogan with a nucleus crew for service in the Chatham Reserve Division.[10]

On 3 February, 1911, she collided with Lancaster while operating with the Sixth Cruiser Squadron. It was determined that Rear-Admiral Douglas Austin Gamble was at fault.[11]

She re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 16 December, 1911.[12]

She recommissioned at Sheerness on 15 April, 1913.[13]

In mid-July, 1914, the ship was stationed in the Humber as part of a force of four Majestic class battleships and two Cressy class cruisers being sent there.[14]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Torpedoes

In 1904, in a competition to investigate how rapidly submerged tubes could be fired four times sequentially, starting with the tube loaded and the bar out, the ship's crew was able to do this in 2 minutes, 25.4 seconds. The best time was achieved by sister Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though 2:30 was more typical.[51]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 41.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  8. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 68.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 4 April, 1902. Issue 36733, col C, p. 8.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 16 June, 1905. Issue 37735, col C, p. 10.
  11. Gamble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 507.
  12. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 271.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 271.
  14. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 140 of 17 July 1914.
  15. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 4 April, 1902. Issue 36733, col C, p. 8.
  16. Graves-Sawle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 551.
  17. Graves-Sawle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 551.
  18. Smith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 312.
  19. Smith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 312.
  20. Smith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 312.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 271.
  22. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 271.
  23. Torlesse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1314.
  24. Torlesse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1314.
  25. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  26. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  27. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 271.
  28. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 416.
  29. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 416.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 271.
  31. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 29a.
  32. Phillimore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 29a
  33. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  34. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  35. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/104. f. 104.
  36. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/104. f. 104.
  37. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/104. f. 104.
  38. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/104. f. 104.
  39. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 271.
  40. Chatfield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 346.
  41. Yelverton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 135.
  42. Yelverton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 135.
  43. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  44. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  45. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 271.
  46. Sclater Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/20. f. 21.
  47. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  48. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 271.
  49. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  50. The Navy List. (September, 1914). p. 266.
  51. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).


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