H.M.S. Attack (1911)

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H.M.S. Attack (1911)
Pendant Number: H.14 (1914)
H.86 (Jan 1916)
H.08 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Yarrow[2]
Ordered: 1910-11 Programme[3]
Launched: 21 Dec, 1911[4]
Completed: May, 1912[5]
Mined: 30 Dec, 1917[6]
Fate: off Alexandria[7]

H.M.S. Attack was one of 29 destroyers of the Acheron class.

Radio

She was one of 18 Acheron class destroyers fitted with W/T in 1912, becoming one of 123 destroyers so far fitted with Destroyer Sets.[8]

Service

In mid-1913 she was serving with the First Destroyer Flotilla.[9]

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

Attack was one of fourteen Acherons from the flotilla to fight in the Battle of Dogger Bank on 24 January, 1915 when she was under the command of Callaghan, whom was mentioned in Beatty's dispatch for his fine work in removing his admiral from the disabled Lion and installing her in the Princess Royal.[11]

On 10 March, 1915, while operating out of Rosyth, she attacked and sank U 12 off of Fife Ness along with Ariel and Acheron by repeated rams and gunfire.[12] Cyril Callaghan was in command for this sinking.[13]

She fought under Charles H. N. James at the Battle of Jutland as part of the First Destroyer Flotilla,[14] which was tasked with screening the Fifth Battle Squadron.

Attack lost two men overboard while steaming in Force 6 winds just one day out of Devonport on 30 March, 1917.[15][16]

She was torpedoed by UC 34 and lost ten men; worse still was the transport Aragon, on which over 600 men were lost in the same attack.[17]

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. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. Wireless Appendix, p. 6.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 281.
  10. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July, 1914.
  11. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 121.
  12. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 121-2.
  13. Naval Operations. Volume II. p. 280.
  14. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 46.
  15. http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-10-HMS_Attack.htm Ship's Log.]
  16. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 337.
  17. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 441.
  18. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/130. f. 130.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 392f.
  20. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/130. f. 130.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392f.
  22. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392g.
  24. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  25. Geake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/243. F. 257.
  26. Geake Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/243. F. 257.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391m.
  28. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 114.

Bibliography


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