H.M.S. Bulldog (1909)

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H.M.S. Bulldog (1909)
Pendant Number: H.C7 (Jan 1918)
H.C4 (Sep 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown[2]
Ordered: 1908-09 Programme[3]
Launched: 13 Nov, 1909[4]
Completed: 7 Jul, 1910[5]
Sold: 21 Sep, 1920[6]

H.M.S. Bulldog was one of sixteen Beagle class destroyers built for the Royal Navy. There was also a gunboat named H.M.S. Bulldog launched in 1872.

Service

In mid-1913, she was part of the Third Destroyer Flotilla.[7] By mid 1914, she had moved to join her sisters in the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, based in the Mediterranean.

Lieutenant-Commander William B. Mackenzie commanded her while she covered the landings at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli on 25 April, 1915.[8]

On 28 July, 1915, Rattlesnake collided with Bulldog. Vice-Admiral of the Eastern Mediterranean de Robeck considered that Rattlesnake was at fault.[9]

At Suvla Bay on 6-7 August, 1915, Bulldog worked with five other Beagles and Arno to tow troop barges in. A similar effort with a smaller force placed its troops in the wrong position.[10]

When Bulldog struck a mine on 16 April, 1916, a Court of Enquiry faulted Mackenzie for not having fixed his last position the day before, but credited him for the coolness with which he dealt with the catastrophe.[11]

In October, 1917, Bulldog joined the Second Destroyer Flotilla, then a part of the Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station, operating out of Buncrana. She remained there for a little over a half year. In May of 1918 when she moved to the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla which was operating out of Devonport under orders of the Commander-in-Chief, Devonport.

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 60.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. pp. 73-74.
  3. March. British Destroyers. p. 101.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. pp. 73-74.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 305.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 60.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 289.
  8. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 112.
  9. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 113.
  11. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  12. Noble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/248. f. 282.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 288.
  14. Noble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/248. f. 282.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392m.
  16. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  17. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  18. Hollings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/78. f. 438.
  19. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392q.
  20. Hollings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/78. f. 438.
  21. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 391y.
  22. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392.
  23. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 746.

Bibliography


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