H.M.S. Conqueror (1911)

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H.M.S. Conqueror (1911)
Pendant Number: 06 (1914)
47 (Jan 1918)
95 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Beardmore, Parkhead[2]
Ordered: 1909 Programme[3]
Laid down: 5 Apr, 1910[4]
Launched: 1 May, 1911[5]
Commissioned: 23 Nov, 1912
Sold: 19 Dec, 1922[6]
Fate: Scrapped

Alterations

In late 1913, the ship's captain was asked to report on the merits of a spike that had been fitted to "B" turret's roof in its centre of rotation, intended to serve as a visual cue for the helmsman to find his own ship's bow from the C.T. when not steering by compass.[7] By January, 1914, a favourable report resulted in the Admiralty suggesting the same alteration to other ships with visibility problems from the conning tower where the steering position was on the centreline.[8]

Also in late 1913, the ship landed a Pattern 873 Zeiss stereo spotting telescope Mark II at Portsmouth in order to take on a Ross model of the same pattern for a three-month comparative evaluation.[9]

In October 1914, the ship was to be given 3 Pattern 1582 Electric Radiators to warm cabins whose stoves could not be used for heating them.[10]

Conqueror received a director sometime after the war started but prior to May, 1915.[11]

Service

Conqueror commissioned at Devonport on 23 November 1912,[12] and likely served in the Second Battle Squadron from the outset, remaining with that squadron throughout the war. In May 1919, the ships of that squadron were redesignated as the Third Battle Squadron.[13]

Jutland

Main article: H.M.S. Conqueror at the Battle of Jutland

Conqueror was under the command of Captain Tothill during the battle. She reported requiring 16 A.P. shells and 40 common shells afterward, perhaps indicating her expenditure.[14]

The ship was one of very few which actually forwarded its Dreyer table plot sheets (to vice-Admiral commanding Second Battle Squadron on 2nd October, 1916) for the daylight action, though this may have been somewhat academic, as Tothill's cover letter stated "Very few ranges were taken. Remarks outside of plot are those passed from Foretop to Transmitting Station."[15]

Post-War

Conqueror reduced to reserve complement at Portland on 18 August, 1920, tender to Thunderer.[16]

Radio

By the end of 1913, she and the rest of the Second Battle Squadron were all equipped with Battleship Auxiliary W/T sets.[17]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 33.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 28.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 28.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 28.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 33.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 33.
  7. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 634 of 7 Nov 1913.
  8. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 829 of 23 Jan, 1914.
  9. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 662 of 21 Nov, 1913.
  10. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 512 of 16 Oct, 1914.
  11. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 9-10.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 295.
  13. See Second Battle Squadron and Third Battle Squadron for citations.
  14. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 522.
  15. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 522.
  16. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 751.
  17. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. W/T Appendix, p. 13.
  18. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 457.
  19. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 295.
  20. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 457.
  21. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 416.
  22. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 416.
  23. Tothill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 296.
  24. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393f.
  25. Tothill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 296.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392p.
  27. Richmond Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 288.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 763.
  29. McClintock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 459.
  30. Temporarily replaced by Segrave. Segrave Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 226.
  31. Segrave Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 226.
  32. Segrave Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 226.
  33. Presumably, resuming his tenure. Segrave Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 226.
  34. McClintock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 459.
  35. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 763.
  36. The Navy List. (June, 1920). p. 750.
  37. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 750.
  38. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 259.
  39. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/242. f. 274.
  40. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/242. f. 274.
  41. Inferred from Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/242. f. 274.
  42. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 67.

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