H.M.S. Comus (1914)

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H.M.S. Comus (1914)
Pendant Number: 5C (1914)
A7 (Mar 1916)
45 (Jan 1918)
02 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Swan Hunter[2]
Laid down: 3 Nov, 1913[3]
Launched: 16 Dec, 1914[4]
Commissioned: Jan, 1915[5]
Sold: 28 Jul, 1934[6]
Fate: to Ward, Barrow[7]

H.M.S. Comus was one of six Caroline class light cruisers completed for the Royal Navy early in the Great War.

Service

Originally envisioned as a unit to join the Second Light Cruiser Squadron upon her completion, she was sent to join the Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron instead.

She operated with 4LCS at the Battle of Jutland, under the command of Captain Hotham, deployed three miles ahead of the Grand Fleet as it closed on the Battle Cruiser Fleet.[8]

About March, 1919 she was moved over to join the refashioned First Light Cruiser Squadron.[9] Comus then recommissioned at Rosyth on 21 October, 1919[10] and resumed operations with the Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron.

She again re-commissioned on 1 July, 1922.[11]

She re-commissioned with a Reserve Crew at Devonport on 27 May, 1924.[12]

She paid off into Dockyard Control on 3 December, 1924.[13]

She re-commissioned at Devonport on 1 May, 1930.[14]

Alterations

Comus was one of just six light cruisers listed as having a Turret Control Table in her TS in June 1918. If and when this was provided is uncertain.[15]

She was fitted with a director in May, 1918. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[16]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 56.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 56.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  8. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 16.
  9. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1919). p. 10.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 750.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 740.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 227.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p.227.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 225.
  15. Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. p. 3.
  16. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  17. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  18. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393f.
  19. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  20. Casement Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 381.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1917). . 392p.
  22. Casement Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 381.
  23. in command at Operation ZZ
  24. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 763.
  25. The Navy List. (May, 1919). p. 763.
  26. Cochrane Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/10. f. 11.
  27. Wykes-Sneyd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90. f. 164.
  28. Wykes-Sneyd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90. f. 164.
  29. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 740.
  31. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  32. Mackinnon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/228. f. 232.
  33. Mackinnon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/228. f. 232.
  34. Thursfield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 276.
  35. Custance Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 34.
  36. Edward-Collins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91. f. 154.
  37. Edward-Collins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91. f. 154.
  38. Lawrie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/38. f. 441.
  39. Lawrie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/38. f. 441.
  40. Miles Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 327.
  41. Miles Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 327.
  42. Young-Jamieson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/56/44. f. 44.
  43. Young-Jamieson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/56/44. f. 44.
  44. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 224.
  45. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  46. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  47. Reyne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 98.
  48. Reyne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 98.

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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