H.M.S. Caribbean (1890)

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H.M.S. Caribbean (1890)
Pendant Number: M.79[1]
Builder: Fairfield[2]
Yard Number: 348[3]
Laid down: 1889[4]
Launched: 22 May, 1890[5]
Commissioned: 19 Nov, 1914[6]
Foundered: 27 Sep, 1915[7]

H.M.S. Caribbean was a commercial liner, R.M.S. Dunottar Castle, converted for use as an Armed Merchant Cruiser in the Royal Navy.

Service

She commissioned on either 19 November[8] or 12 December, 1914.[9]

She became an accommodation ship on 1 June, 1915.[10]

When she foundered in bad weather while en route to Scapa, it was thought that the scuttles may have not all been secure. An inquiry was conducted into the loss. Henry Leonard Bethune was found largely to blame, as he knew he had inefficient officers under his command. He was severely reprimanded.

Armament

Caribbean was armed with:[11]

  • eight 4.7-in guns
  • two 6-pdrs

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 119.
  2. Wikipedia.
  3. Wikipedia.
  4. Wikipedia.
  5. Wikipedia.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 119.
  7. Wikipedia.
  8. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 119.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401f.
  10. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 119.
  11. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 119.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401f.

Bibliography

British Armed Merchant Cruisers
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