H.M.S. Blenheim (1890)

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H.M.S. Blenheim (1890)
Builder: Thames Iron Works[1]
Laid down: Oct, 1888[2]
Launched: 5 Jul, 1890[3]
Commissioned: 1 Jan, 1891[4][5]
Sold: 13 Jul, 1926[6]

Britain's protected cruiser H.M.S. Blenheim was converted to a destroyer depot ship after fifteen years of service, and served in this capacity throughout the Great War.

Service

Blenheim completed conversion to a depot ship in May of 1906.[7]

She served as a depot ship for the Beagles of the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean through much of the war, even printing a newspaper for their information and amusement, the "Tenedos Times".[8]

She recommissioned at Malta on 28 June, 1919.[9]

Blenheim re-commissioned on 14 October, 1921.[10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Torpedoes

In 1904, in a competition to investigate how rapidly submerged tubes could be fired four times sequentially, starting with the tube loaded and the bar out, the ship's crew was able to do this in 4 minutes, 45 seconds.  The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though times of 3-5 minutes were more typical.[53]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 66.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 66.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 66.
  4. Naval & Military intelligence The Times (London). Friday, 28 December, 1900. p. 5.
  5. Naval & Military intelligence The Times (London). Thursday, 7 March, 1901. p. 11
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 66.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 293.
  8. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 112.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 735.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 219.
  11. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 246/566.
  12. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 246/566.
  13. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 205.
  14. Bridgeman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 167.
  15. Bridgeman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/86. f. 172.
  16. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 281.
  17. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 281.
  18. Custance Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 51.
  19. Custance Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 51.
  20. Henderson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 615.
  21. Henderson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 615.
  22. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 234.
  23. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 285.
  24. Pears Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 86.
  25. Pears Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 86.
  26. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 85.
  27. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 85.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 285.
  29. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 285.
  31. Barttelot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 238.
  32. Barttelot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 238.
  33. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  34. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 285.
  35. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  36. Carey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/201. f. 216.
  37. Carey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/201. f. 216.
  38. Haggard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 38.
  39. Haggard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 38.
  40. Coode Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/98. f. 105.
  41. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 287.
  42. Coode Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/98. f. 105.
  43. Pitts Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/241. f. 273.
  44. Pitts Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/241. f. 273.
  45. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 734.
  46. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/242. f. 274.
  47. Dundas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/420. f. 467.
  48. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 219.
  49. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  50. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  51. Wood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  52. Wood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  53. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.

Bibliography

  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).


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