H.M.S. Diana (1895)

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H.M.S. Diana (1895)
Pendant Number: D.18 (1914)
P.58 (Sep 1915)
N.34 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company[2]
Ordered: 1893-94 Programme[3]
Laid down: 13 Aug, 1894[4]
Launched: 5 Dec, 1895[5]
Commissioned: 15 Jun, 1897[6]
Sold: 1 Jul, 1920[7]
Fate: Scrapped

H.M.S. Diana was commissioned in 1897 as one of nine Eclipse class cruisers completed for the Royal Navy.

Construction

Armament at completion is given under Eclipse Class.

Service

Diana re-commissioned at Devonport on 5 February, 1913. In mid-1913, she was serving in Third Fleet.[8]

At the start of the war, she was with Cruiser Force G, Twelfth Cruiser Squadron, patrolling the Western Channel Approaches. This patrol was shared with French Cruisers of the Second Armoured Cruiser Division.[9] With her Squadron she was ordered to escort the Canadian Troop Convoy across the Atlantic from Halifax on 11 September, 1914, arriving with it and resuming Squadron duties on 13 October, 1914.[10] Diana also provided escort to incoming and outgoing troop convoys to and from Gibraltar as required.[11][12] [13] From 2 February, 1915 the cruisers of the Squadron were kept in port in view of the perceived submarine danger in their patrol area, held at readiness to support Armed Boarding Steamers that took over the routine work.[14] Diana became Senior Officers Ship in the Squadron on the departure of Admiral Wemyss on 15 February, 1915. After a period of inactivity she left Devonport to tow the monitor Raglan through the Channel submarine danger area on her journey out to the Mediterranean, 29 June, 1915. [15] [16]

Whilst returning home she received signals via Gibraltar to proceed quickly to Port Said in Egypt on the East Indies Station and left Devonport on 11 July, 1915. This station required reinforcement due to Turkish Forces threatening Aden.[17] [18] On her arrival in Egypt on 23 July, 1915, she was assigned to the Egyptian coastal patrol in the Mediterranean, relieving Philomel. However, on August 18, 1915 Diana was ordered to Columbo, via Aden, as intelligence indicated that Germany was instigating an uprising in India and the Far East.[19] After arrival she carried out patrols in the Bay of Bengal.

On 6 November, 1915 Diana left Rangoon for the China Station[20] and a period of defect repairs at Singapore, which took until 17 January, 1916. [21]

Radio

In 1901 while assigned to the Mediterranean, the ship was noted as having or being slated to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[22]

Alterations

In 1904 the ship was rearmed with a single calibre main battery of 6-in B.L. guns in place of the existing mixed battery of 6-in and 4.7-in Q.F. guns. [23]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Torpedoes

In 1904, in a competition to investigate how rapidly submerged tubes could be fired four times sequentially, starting with the tube loaded and the bar out, the ship's crew was able to do this in 7 minutes, 5.5 seconds. The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though 2:30 was more typical.[51]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 40.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 78.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 78.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 78.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 78.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 78.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 40.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 301.
  9. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume X. 54-55.
  10. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume IX. pp. 90-99.
  11. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume IX. pp. 87,121-2.
  12. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume XI. p. 100.
  13. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume XII. p. 29.
  14. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume XII. pp. 18, 284.
  15. http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-39818/ADM%2053-39818-072_1.jpg Transcribed Ships Log at oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com.
  16. Big Gun Monitors. 26.
  17. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume VIII. pp. 166, 309, 311.
  18. http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-39818/ADM%2053-39818-080_1.jpg Transcribed Ships Log at oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com.
  19. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume VIII. pp. 182-183.
  20. http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-39818/ADM%2053-39818-080_1.jpg Transcribed Ships Log at oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com.
  21. http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-39818/ADM%2053-39818-186_1.jpg Transcribed Ships Log at oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com.
  22. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  23. War Vessels and Aircraft (British and Foreign) Part II (Quarterly Return) October 1915 The National Archives. ADM 186/15. p. 9.
  24. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 444.
  25. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 444.
  26. Slade Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 111.
  27. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 247.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 301.
  29. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 301.
  30. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  31. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  32. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 301.
  33. Grant Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 338.
  34. Grant Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 338.
  35. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 301.
  36. Kemp Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 420.
  37. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 258.
  38. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 301.
  39. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 258.
  40. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 301.
  41. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 504.
  42. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  43. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  44. Hutton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 448.
  45. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 393b.
  46. Hutton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 448.
  47. Scott Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/203. f. 207.
  48. Peck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/324. f. 364.
  49. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 776.
  50. Peck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/324. f. 364.
  51. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.

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