H.M.S. Constance (1915)

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H.M.S. Constance (1915)
Pendant Number: 76 (1914)
23 (Jan 1918)
78 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Chatham Royal Dockyard[2]
Laid down: 25 Jan, 1915[3]
Launched: 12 Sep, 1915[4]
Commissioned: Jan, 1916[5]
Sold: Jan, 1936[6]
Fate: Broken up

H.M.S. Constance was one of four Cambrian class light cruisers completed in 1915 and 1916.

Service

In the Battle of Jutland, she one of five light cruisers in the Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron, screening the Battle Fleet.[7]

Captain Arthur C. Strutt recommissioned at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 27 September, 1920.[8]

In late 1922, her cruise in the West Indies was extended to await the arrival of Curlew, which commissioned at Devonport on 24 November, 1922. Constance was to leave Barbados on 28 November for Tobago, and then to go to Demarara, Guadaloupe, Montserrat and St, Kitts before returning to Bermuda on 21 December.[9]

Returning to England after Christmas, she was re-commissioned at Devonport on 3 January, 1923 for service in the Eighth Cruiser Squadron of the North America and West Indies Station.[10]

Paid off into Dockyard Control at Chatham on 13 September, 1926.[11]

Reduced at Portsmouth on 9 March, 1931.[12]

Alterations

Constance was fitted with a director in May, 1918. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[13]

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. 59.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 59.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 59.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 59.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 59.
  7. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 34.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 751.
  9. "Cruise of the Constance" The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Nov 29, 1922; pg. 5; Issue 43201.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 228.
  11. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 227.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 224.
  13. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  14. Townsend Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 98.
  15. Townsend Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 98.
  16. The Navy List. (September, 1920). p. 751.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 751.
  18. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 228.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 228.
  20. Vacher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Book 9, f. 313.
  21. Vacher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Book 9, f. 313.
  22. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 226.
  23. North Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 144.
  24. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  25. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  26. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  27. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  28. Sarel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91/84. f. ?.
  29. Given as "31", Inferred from Lilley.
  30. Lilley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/24. f. 24.
  31. Lilley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/24. f. 24.
  32. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 225.
  33. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 224.
  34. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  35. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  36. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 224.
  37. Archer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/141. f. 140.
  38. Archer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/141. f. 140.

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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