H.M.S. Barham (1914)

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H.M.S. Barham (1914)
Pendant Number: 87 (Aug 1914)
10 (Jan 1918)
34 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown[2]
Ordered: 1912 Programme[3]
Laid down: 24 Feb, 1913[4]
Launched: 31 Oct, 1914[5]
Commissioned: 1 Oct, 1915
Torpedoed: 25 Nov, 1941[6]
Fate: by U 331 in Mediterranean


Service

Barham was commissioned at Clydebank on 19 August, 1915.[7] Rear-Admiral Hugh Evan-Thomas hoisted his flag in her on 1 October.[8] She joined the Grand Fleet at Scapa from Liverpool on 2 October.[9]

Jutland

Main article: H.M.S. Barham at the Battle of Jutland

Post-War

Barham re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 1 October, 1920.[10]

Re-commissioned on 4 January 1923 at Portsmouth to become part of the First Battle Squadron in 1925.[11]

Paid off into Dockyard Control at Portsmouth on 2 December, 1930.[12]

Differences from Class

Owing to her use as a flagship, by some point Barham had a 9-foot rangefinder for the admiral's use on top of the charthouse. When, late in the war, it was desired to provide an effective additional 9-foot instrument for torpedo control purposes, Barham was to skip getting one on the assumption this instrument would be available for the task on most occasions.[13]

Boats

In July 1914, the ship was appropriated 42-foot motor launch No. 249, though the boat was not yet delivered from the contractor.[14]

Alterations

Barham was completed with director firing installed, as all capital ships were supposed to do after 2 January, 1915.[15]

In December, 1914, Open Director Sights were ordered for all[Inference] her turrets. They were likely in place by her completion.[16]

Her secondary battery directors were installed in July, 1917.[17]

At some point, she and her sisters were also outfitted with Turret Control Tables, although there is no indication whether this was one table per ship, or two in the controlling turrets, or one in all four turrets.[18]

Torpedo Control

Between late 1915 and mid 1917, she was fitted with a Torpedo Control Plotting Instrument Mark II in the T.C.T..[19][20]

In 1919, she was selected to receive one of the first six Renouf Torpedo Tactical Instrument Type Bs and one of the first nine Renouf Torpedo Tactical Instrument Type Fs manufactured by Elliott Brothers.[21]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 34.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 33.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 33.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 33.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 33.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 34.
  7. Campbell. p. 42.
  8. Evan-Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 105.
  9. Add MS 49000. f. 154.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 727.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1925). pp. 216, 217.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 217.
  13. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1918. p. 177.
  14. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 122 of 10 July, 1914.
  15. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 10.
  16. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. p. 18.
  17. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. p. 16.
  18. Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. p. 3.
  19. Handbook of Torpedo Control, 1916. p. 38.
  20. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1915. p. 60.
  21. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1919. pp. 118, 119.
  22. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391p.
  23. Buller Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 403.
  24. Buller Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 403.
  25. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 786.
  26. Horne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 391.
  27. Horne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 391.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 730.
  29. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 217.
  30. Hill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 146.
  31. Hill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 146.
  32. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 216.
  33. Marten Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90/85. f. 85.
  34. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  35. Henley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 44.
  36. Somerville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 292.
  37. Inferred from successor. Monroe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 403.
  38. Monroe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 403.
  39. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  40. Blount Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 428.
  41. Somerville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 292.
  42. Somerville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 292.
  43. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  44. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  45. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 384.
  46. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 384.
  47. Scott Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/203. f. 207.
  48. Scott Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/203. f. 207.
  49. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  50. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568. Month name not entirely sure
  51. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  52. From his successor's service record. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. ?.
  53. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. ?.
  54. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. ?.
  55. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  56. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  57. Willis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52. f. 460.
  58. Willis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52. f. 460.
  59. Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/12. f. 11.

Bibliography

  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1917). The Director Firing Handbook. O.U. 6125 (late C.B. 1259). Copy No. 322 at The National Archives. ADM 186/227.
  • 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.
  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • 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.
  • Parkes, O.B.E., Ass.I.N.A., Dr. Oscar (1990). British Battleships 1860–1950. London: Pen & Sword Ltd. ISBN 0850526043. (on Bookfinder.com).


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