H.M.S. Archer (1911)

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H.M.S. Archer (1911)
Pendant Number: H.10 (1914)
H.29 (Sep 1915)
H.06 (Jan-Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Yarrow[2]
Ordered: 1910-11 Programme[3]
Launched: 21 Oct, 1911[4]
Completed: Mar, 1912[5]
Sold: 9 May, 1921[6]

H.M.S. Archer was one of twenty-nine destroyers of the Acheron class.

Radio

Archer was one of 18 Acheron class destroyers fitted with W/T in 1912, becoming one of 123 destroyers so far fitted with Destroyer Sets.[7]

Service

On commissioning at Portsmouth she joined the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla.[8]

In mid-1913, Archer was in the First Destroyer Flotilla.[9]

In July, 1914, Archer was serving in First Destroyer Flotilla, part of First Fleet.[10]

Immediately before the start of war, plans to fit two fairleads at the stern were deferred.[11]

As part of the Harwich Force, William Frederick Blunt's First Destroyer Flotilla participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28 August, 1914, with Archer under the command of Herbert Francis Littledale. At 11.30am, Archer fired two torpedoes at "a four funnel light cruiser" at a range of 4,500 yards with her Torpedo Director set for an enemy speed of 20 knots at an inclination of 113 left. No hits were reported, as the target appeared to turn.[12]

In October, 1916, Archer was transferred to the Second Destroyer Flotilla, which was under orders of the Commander-in-Chief of Devonport.

In August, 1917, Archer was transferred to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, which was operating in the Mediterranean.

In January, 1919, she was ordered to return home.

Archer paid off at Chatham on 27 April, 1920.[13]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 306.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  7. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. Wireless Appendix, p. 6.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 11 March, 1912. Issue 39843, col C, p. 4.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 279.
  10. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July, 1914.
  11. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 182 of 24 July, 1914.
  12. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1915. pp. 22-23.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 727.
  14. Littledale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/123. f. 328.
  15. The Navy List. (November, 1914). p. 275.
  16. Littledale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/123. f. 328.
  17. Harris-St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/131. f. 71.
  18. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 275. His name is given there without the hyphen.
  19. Harris-St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/131. f. 71.
  20. Harris-St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/131. f. 71.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392c.
  22. Harris-St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/131. f. 71.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 392c.
  24. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  25. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392d.
  26. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391j.
  28. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52. f. ?.
  29. Hollings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/78. f. 438.
  30. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 731.
  31. Hollings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/78. f. 438.

Bibliography


Acheron Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design
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Druid Sandfly Jackal Tigress Lapwing
  Lizard Phoenix Ferret Forester  
Yarrow Specials
  Archer Attack  
Thornycroft Specials
  Acheron Ariel  
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  Badger Beaver  
Firedrake/Yarrow Specials
  Firedrake Lurcher Oak  
Australian type
  Parramatta Warrego Yarra  
  Huon Swan Torrens  
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