H.M.S. Cherwell (1903)

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H.M.S. Cherwell (1903)
Pendant Number: N.90 (1914)
D.13 (Sep 1915)
D.17 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Palmer Shipbuilding and Iron Company[2]
Ordered: 1902-03 Programme[3]
Laid down: 20 Jan, 1903[4]
Launched: 23 Jul, 1903[5]
Commissioned: Mar, 1904[6]
Sold: 23 Jun, 1919[7]

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

Service

In mid-1904, a boatswain (T) J. McCarthy impressed his commander with a thorough report on German torpedo boats based on his observations during a visit to Kiel in June.[8] It conveyed a sense of caution, in that the German vessels appeared quite capable and efficient.

In April, 1908, she was one of ten Rivers expected to arrive at Portsmouth in order to have H.M.S. Vernon install wireless telegraphy equipment in them.[9]

Cherwell was detached from the Eastern Destroyer Group at Harwich as part of one of two divisions of "River" class destroyers sent on 2 June 1908 to escort the King and Queen on a visit to Russia. The muscle in this escort was to be the cruisers Natal, Cochrane, Minotaur and Achilles.[10]

In mid-1913, Cherwell was in the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla — a patrol flotilla.[11]

On 2 February, 1914, she was one of five Rivers of the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla paid off at Sheerness and Chatham, immediately recommissioning with new crews.[12]

In 1938, her bell was among a number of ships' bells the Royal Navy offered for sale to officers and others interested. It commanded a price of between £3-£10 plus packing and shipping. Interested parties were to apply to win one at its stated price, stating any special attachment or claim they had to the item(s) applied for.[13]

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. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 59.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. p. 147-155.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Apr 11, 1908; pg. 8; Issue 38618.
  10. "Naval And Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Jun 01, 1908; pg. 7; Issue 38661.
  11. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 292.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Feb 03, 1914; pg. 10; Issue 40437.
  13. "Ships' Bells for Sale." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 17, 1938; pg. 19; Issue 48180.
  14. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  15. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  16. Howard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/292. f. 328.
  17. Howard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/292. f. 328.
  18. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 294.
  19. Benwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/200. f. 215.
  20. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 293.
  21. Benwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/200. f. 215.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 293.
  23. Paton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/60. f. 68.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 292.
  25. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 23, 1911; pg. 14; Issue 39540.
  26. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  27. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  28. Boxer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/83 f. 214.
  29. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 292.
  30. Boxer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/83 f. 214.
  31. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 294.
  33. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  34. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392s.
  35. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 393a.
  36. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 392j.
  37. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392j.
  38. Lawrence Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49 f. 28.
  39. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 757.
  40. Lawrence Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49 f. 28.

Bibliography


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