H.M.S. Cæsar (1896)

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H.M.S. Cæsar (1896)
Pendant Number: D.27 (1914)
P.02 (Sep 1915)
P.10 (1918)[1]
Builder: Portsmouth Royal Dockyard[2]
Ordered: 1893[3]
Laid down: 25 Mar, 1895[4]
Launched: 2 Sep, 1896[5]
Completed: Jan, 1898[6]
Commissioned: 13 Jan, 1898
Sold: 8 Nov, 1921[7]
Fate: Scrapped in Germany[8]

H.M.S. Cæsar was a Majestic class battleship of the Royal Navy, launched in 1896 and sold for scrap in 1921. She was the third British warship named for the Roman soldier Julius Cæsar.

Service

On a rainy 2 September, 1896, Cæsar was floated out of No. 12 dock. Lady Salmon, the wife of the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon, christened her.[9] She was commissioned at Portsmouth on 13 January, 1898, by Captain John P. Pipon, C.B., C.M.G., with a complement of 757 officers and men for service on the Mediterranean Station.[10]

Herbert Chatterton paid her off on 25 March, 1912,[11] and she was recommissioned at Devonport the very next day for service in the Third Fleet.[12]

By the First World War, Cæsar was allegedly capable of only nine knots maximum speed.[13]

She reduced to C. & M. Party at Devonport on 23 April, 1920.[14]

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 5 minutes, 45 seconds. The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though 2:30 was more typical.[15]

Radio

By the end of 1901, she was fitted or due to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[16]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 34.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 34.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  6. Burt. British Battleships: 1889-1904. p. 147.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  8. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 3 September, 1896. Issue 34986, col D, p. 8.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 13 January, 1898. Issue 35412, col B, p. 8.
  11. Chatterton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 170.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 289.
  13. Transcript of interview with Paymaster Rear-Admiral Keith MacL. Lawder in possession of the University of Leeds Library. f. 3.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 736-7.
  15. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.
  16. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  17. Pipon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/237. f. 1037.
  18. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 20 December, 1897. Issue 35391, col C, p. 10.
  19. Pipon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/237. f. 1037.
  20. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 15 April, 1899. Issue 35804, col F, p. 8.
  21. Gamble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 47.
  22. Gamble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 47.
  23. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  24. Ferris Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 448.
  25. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 535.
  26. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 535.
  27. Jackson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 685.
  28. Jackson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 685.
  29. Evan-Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 105.
  30. Evan-Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 105.
  31. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 289.
  32. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  33. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  34. Fremantle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 473.
  35. Fremantle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 473.
  36. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  37. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 290.
  38. Anstruther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 96.
  39. Anstruther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 96.
  40. Lewes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 300.
  41. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 290.
  42. Lewes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 300.
  43. Benson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 240.
  44. Benson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 560.
  45. Chatterton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 170.
  46. Chatterton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 170.
  47. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 288.
  48. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  49. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392o.
  50. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  51. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392.
  52. Foot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 196.
  53. Foot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 196.
  54. Wray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 400.
  55. Wray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 400.
  56. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 747.
  57. Buchanan-Wollaston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90. f. 115.
  58. Buchanan-Wollaston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90. f. 115.

Bibliography


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