H.M.S. Champion (1915)

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H.M.S. Champion (1915)
Pendant Number: C8 (1914)
37 (Jan 1918)
25 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie[2]
Laid down: 9 Mar, 1914[3]
Launched: 29 May, 1915[4]
Commissioned: Dec, 1915[5]
Sold: 28 Jul, 1934[6]

H.M.S. Champion was launched in 1915, the second of two light cruisers of the Calliope class.

Service

In February, 1916, Champion joined the Second Light Cruiser Squadron, responsible for supporting the Battle Cruiser Fleet.[7]

In May, 1916, Champion was assigned as the flotilla cruiser for the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla,[8] leading twelve destroyers at the Battle of Jutland as it screened the First Battle Cruiser Squadron.[9][10]

At the end of 1920, she was at reduced complement.[11]

Champion paid off into dockyard control at Portsmouth on 3 October, 1924.[12]

She re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 7 May, 1925 for use as a Gun and Torpedo School Cruiser.[13]

Alterations

Champion was fitted with a director in January, 1918. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[14]

At some point likely after the end of the war, she received a Dreyer Turret Control Table in her TS.[15]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 48.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 57.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 57.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 57.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 57.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 48.
  7. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1916). p. 11.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1916). p. 12.
  9. Naval Operations. Volume III. p. 430.
  10. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 34.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 745.
  12. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 224.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 223.
  14. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  15. Pamphlet on the Turret Dreyer Table as fitted in the turrets of H.M. battleships and in the transmitting stations of certain cruisers, 1930. p. 4.
  16. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 393.
  17. Farie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 154.
  18. Tweedie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 332.
  19. Tweedie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 332.
  20. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 755.
  21. Dutton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 258.
  22. Dutton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 258.
  23. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  24. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 744.
  25. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  26. Wood-Martin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/371. f. 420.
  27. Wood-Martin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/371. f. 420.
  28. Parker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46 f. 16.
  29. Parker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46 f. 16.
  30. Hardman-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 152.
  31. Hardman-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 152.
  32. North Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 144.
  33. North Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 144.
  34. Burke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 138.
  35. Burke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 138.
  36. Fraser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 584.
  37. Fraser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 584.
  38. Young Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/25. f. 429.
  39. Young Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/25. f. 429.
  40. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  41. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  42. Welby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/220. f. 284.
  43. Welby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/220. f. 284.
  44. Watkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/154. f. 239.
  45. Watkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/154. f. 239.
  46. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/150. f. ?.
  47. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/150. f. ?.
  48. Boucher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/63. f. 421.
  49. Boucher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/63. f. 421.

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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