H.M.S. Contest (1913)

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H.M.S. Contest (1913)
Pendant Number: H.63(1914)
H.28 (1917)[1]
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie[2]
Launched: 7 Jan, 1913[3]
Completed: Jun, 1913[4]
Torpedoed: 18 Sep, 1917[5]
Fate: by U 106[6]

H.M.S. Contest was one of twenty destroyers of the Acasta class.

Service

In mid-1913, she was serving with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[7]

At the Battle of Jutland, she operated with the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Ernald G. H. Master.[8]

When off southwest England, Contest was torpedoed while escorting a twenty-four ship convoy out of Plymouth bound for America. After the steamer City of London was torpedoed at 5.45pm, Contest came alongside to await the arrival of tugs. A half-hour later, the destroyer was herself hit by a torpedo on the port side aft which caused her after magazine and depth charges to explode. The survivors had to take to the boats for the night. Upon their rescue in the morning by ships which included the Forester, one boat with eight men was missing.[9] In all, thirty-five of the crew were lost.[10] The u-boat that fired the torpedo was most likely U 106.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 63.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  4. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 307.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  6. Uboat.net
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 296.
  8. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  9. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 103.
  10. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 403.
  11. Uboat.net
  12. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 250.
  13. The Navy List. (November, 1913). p. 298.
  14. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 250.
  15. The Navy List. (February, 1914). p. 298.
  16. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 250.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393c.
  18. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 250. Month could possibly be January
  19. Master Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/316. f. ?.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395z.
  21. Robson Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/55. f. 411.
  22. Robson Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/55. f. 411.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393g.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392r.
  25. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 103.

Bibliography


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