H.M.S. Birkenhead (1915)

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H.M.S. Birkenhead (1915)
Pendant Number: 9A (1914)
15 (Jan 1918)
07 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Cammell Laird[2]
Laid down: 27 Mar, 1914[3]
Launched: 18 Jan, 1915[4]
Commissioned: May, 1915[5]
Sold: 26 Oct, 1921[6]
Fate: Broken up

H.M.S. Birkenhead fought at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Third Light Cruiser Squadron.

Service

At the Battle of Jutland, she was one of four light cruisers of the Third Light Cruiser Squadron screening the battlecruisers, operating under Captain Edward Reeves.[7]

On 23 April, 1919, Cole C. Fowler hoisted his flag in Birkenhead as Reserve Fleet (Royal Navy). Exactly one year later, St. Vincent took over this flagship role.[8]

Birkenhead paid off at Portsmouth on 26 May, 1920.[9]

Alterations

Birkenhead had no Dreyer table.[10]

She was fitted with a director in July, 1917. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 59.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 58.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 58.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 58.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  7. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 33, 46.
  8. Fowler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 417.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 733.
  10. Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. omitted on p. 3.
  11. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  12. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392l.
  13. Reeves Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 57.
  14. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  15. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391s.
  16. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 741.
  18. Stancomb Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/82. f. 82.
  19. Edwards Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/417. ff. 419, 229.
  20. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 741.
  21. Edwards Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/417. ff. 419, 229.
  22. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  23. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 740.
  24. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • 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.
  • 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.


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