H.M.S. Badger (1911)

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H.M.S. Badger (1911)
Pendant Number: H.15 (1914)
H.52 (Sep 1915)
H.09 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Denny[2]
Ordered: 1910-11 Programme[3]
Launched: 11 Jul, 1911[4]
Completed: Aug, 1912[5]
Sold: 9 May, 1921[6]

H.M.S. Badger 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.[7]

Service

In July 1913, Badger was serving with the First Destroyer Flotilla.[8]

In June 1914, planned alterations in Portsmouth Royal Dockyard, when the ship was presumably serving with the First Destroyer Flotilla were to be deferred:[9]

  • fitting of boom to stern
  • addition of loading lights to guns

On 29 October 1914, Badger was patrolling near the Terschelling Lightship for U-boats with the 2nd Division of the First Flotilla and located and rammed U 19. She only damaged the U-boat, but her stem collapsed back to the first bulkhead, prompting a strengthening of the bows of her class.[10]

She fought at the Battle of Jutland under Commander Charles A. Fremantle as part of the First Destroyer Flotilla,[11] which was tasked with screening the Fifth Battle Squadron. It fell upon her to look for survivors of the Invincible.

Reduced to a C. & M. Party at Portsmouth on 17 October, 1919.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Searchlights

Badger had a (hydraulic?) control system to control her searchlights whose success prompted an Admiralty order to fit the same gear to the earlier Beagle class,[29] and almost immediately thereafter the initiative was to be extended to the destroyers of the First, Second and Fourth Destroyer Flotillas.[30] This system was apparently conceived by her captain, Charles Albert Fremantle.[31]

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. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 282.
  9. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 36 of 19 June, 1914.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 120.
  11. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 46.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 729.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 280.
  14. Fremantle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 441.
  15. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  16. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  17. Bigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/9. f. 10.
  18. Yeats-Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/265. f. 300.
  19. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392i.
  20. Yeats-Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/265. f. 300.
  21. Compton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/247. f. 281.
  22. Compton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/247. f. 281.
  23. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  24. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  25. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391o.
  26. Corlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/47. f. 252.
  27. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 737.
  28. Corlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/47. f. 252.
  29. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 441 of 2 Oct, 1914.
  30. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 441 of 6 Oct, 1914.
  31. Fremantle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 441.

Bibliography


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