H.M.S. Chelmer (1904)

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H.M.S. Chelmer (1904)
Pendant Number: unknown[1]
Builder: Thornycroft[2]
Ordered: 1903-04 Programme[3]
Laid down: 11 Dec, 1904[4]
Launched: 8 Dec, 1904[5]
Commissioned: Jun, 1905[6]
Broken up: 1920[7]

H.M.S. Chelmer was one of 36 destroyers of the "River" class.

Service

In mid-1913, she was serving in the Mediterranean.[8]

Under the command of Lieutenant-Commander England, on 8 March 1915, Chelmer removed 400 men from the stricken French battleship Gaulois, transferring them to the light cruiser Dartmouth. She then rescued a further 500 men from the battleship Ocean as the battleship listed 15 degrees. A mine or shellburst lifted the destroyer from the water and flooded her centre boiler room, but did not deter her from her rescue work. Blenheim was able to repair her.[9]

Later, Chelmer was amongst three "Rivers" employed in towing landing boats in to Anzac Cove at the Dardanelles. Incredibly, she was again the destroyer ready to assist the torpedoed battleship Triumph on 25 May, removing nearly her entire crew in an agonizing twenty minutes alongside the foundering behemoth.[10]

Chelmer fired 1,375 rounds from her 12-pdr in supporting Anzac. Her guns were all worn out by the time her work was done.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 59.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 100.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 100.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 100.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 100.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 100.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 100.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 292.
  9. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 77-8.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 78.
  11. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 78-9.
  12. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 294.
  13. Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/161. f. 165.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 292.
  15. Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/161. f. 165.
  16. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/127. f. 131.
  17. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/127. f. 131.
  18. Dickens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 138.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 292.
  20. Dickens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 138.
  21. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 438.
  22. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 438.
  23. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  24. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  25. The Navy List. (September, 1913). p. 292.
  26. Dickens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 138.
  27. England Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/69. ff. 36, 216.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392s.
  29. England Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/69. ff. 36, 216.
  30. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 393a.
  31. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392i.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 756.
  33. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 756.

Bibliography


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