H.M.S. Dominion (1903)

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H.M.S. Dominion (1903)
Pendant Number: 41 (1914)
54 (Jan 1918)
41 (Apr 1918)
N.90 (Jun 1918)[1]
Builder: Vickers[2]
Ordered: 1901-02 Programme[3]
Laid down: 23 May, 1902[4]
Launched: 25 Aug, 1903[5]
Completed: Jul, 1905[6]
Commissioned: Jul, 1905[7]
Sold: 9 May, 1921[8]
Fate: Scrapped

H.M.S. Dominion was one of eight King Edward VII class battleships.  She entered service in 1905 and spent most of her service in the Great War with a shifting roster of her sisters in the Third Battle Squadron.

Service

As part of the Channel Fleet, Dominion started a refit in Portsmouth on 7 April 1908. She was to have magazine cooling equipment fitted, which was supposed to take 10 weeks.[9]

She commenced an annual refit on 4 May, 1912 and finished it on 22 September, 1912.[Citation needed]

Dominion was assigned to the Third Battle Squadron upon its creation in May, 1912.

She recommissioned at Chatham on 15 October 1912.[10]

Great War

On 24 August, 1914, the Vice-Admiral Commanding the Third Battle Squadron hoisted his flag in Dominion while King Edward VII was away replacing cracked 12-inch guns. The following day she reported having two cracked 12-inch guns herself. The Commander-in-Chief ordered the Vice-Admiral that the guns were to be used in action.[11]

She remained with 3BS until becoming the last pre-dreadnought to be detached in April, 1918.[12] She became an accommodation ship in Chatham-Sheerness that same month.[13] She kept laying out the welcome until April, 1919.[14] In May, she fell off the Navy List.[15]

Radio

At the end of 1909, she was to receive one of eleven Short Distance Radio Sets, to be installed at her next refit behind armour near the fore bridge, intended to supplant flag signaling.[16] In mid-1913, this gear was redesignated as Type 3.[17]

By the end of 1913, she and the rest of the Third Battle Squadron were all equipped with Battleship Auxiliary W/T sets.[18]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 38.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 38.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  6. Burt. British Battleships: 1889-1904. p. 267.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 38.
  8. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  9. Report from Charles Beresford dated 18 April 1908 in Naval Policy - Strategy - Tactics: Miscellaneous papers from Private Office received by record office at The National Archives. ADM 116/942, unnumbered folio halfway within series. pp. 1-2.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 302.
  11. "Grand Fleet Operations - Narrative of Events." Jellicoe Papers. British Library. Add MS. 48995. ff. 59, 64.
  12. See Third Battle Squadron (Royal Navy) for details on her service in 3BS.
  13. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1918). pp. 13,19.
  14. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1919). p. 21.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1919). p. 24.
  16. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1909. Wireless Appendix, p. 25.
  17. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 306 of 20 June, 1913.
  18. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. W/T Appendix, p. 13.
  19. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 673.
  20. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 673.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 302.
  22. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  23. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  24. Kingsmill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 755.
  25. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 302.
  26. Stuart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1237.
  27. Stuart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1237.
  28. Stuart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1237.
  29. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 301.
  30. de Robeck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 128.
  31. de Robeck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 128.
  32. Singer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 220.
  33. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 301.
  34. Singer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 220.
  35. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  36. Bridson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 273.
  37. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393q.
  38. Mawbey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 85.
  39. Mawbey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 85.
  40. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  41. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393d.
  42. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  43. Smith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 305.
  44. Smith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 305.

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