H.M.S. Eclipse (1894)

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H.M.S. Eclipse (1894)
Pendant Number: D.58 (1914)
none (Sep 1915)
Oblique (Mar 1916)[1]
Builder: Portsmouth Royal Dockyard[2]
Ordered: 1893-94 Programme[3]
Laid down: 11 Dec, 1893[4]
Launched: 19 Jul, 1894[5]
Commissioned: 23 Mar, 1897[6]
Sold: Aug, 1921[7]
Fate: Scrapped

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

Service

In 1898-99, Eclipse was flagship of the East Indies Station, based in Bombay.

Eclipse re-commissioned at Devonport on 1 May, 1913 to join the Third Fleet at Devonport.[8]

Eclipse was mobilized in August, 1914 for service with Cruiser Force G (Twelfth Cruiser Squadron) covering the Western Approaches to the English Channel[9]. With her squadron sent to Halifax as close escort for the Canadian Troop Convoy to the UK on 11 September, 1914, which arrived in Plymouth on 13 October, 1914.[10] Temporary Flagship for the Squadron whilst Euryalus was refitting from 31 October, 1914.[11] Eclipse was paid off and disarmed at Devonport in March 1915.[12][13]

In 1938, her bell was among a number of ships' bells the Royal Navy offered for sale to officers and others interested. It commanded a price of between £3-£10 plus packing and shipping. Interested parties were to apply to win one at its stated price, stating any special attachment or claim they had to the item(s) applied for.[14]

Radio

In 1901 while assigned to the China Squadron, the ship was noted as having or being slated to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[15]

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 6 minutes, 34 seconds.  The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though times of 3-5 minutes were more typical.[50]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 40.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 40.
  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. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 40.
  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. (July, 1913). p. 306.
  9. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume X. p. 54.
  10. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume IX. pp. 91-97.
  11. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume IX. p. 100.
  12. War Vessels and aircraft (British and foreign): monthly return showing distribution, Jan - AprThe National Archives. ADM 186/12. April p. 14.
  13. Quarterly appropriation list of gun mountings for breech-loading quick firing and machine guns, Feb 1915The National Archives. ADM 186/198.
  14. "Ships' Bells for Sale." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 17, 1938; pg. 19; Issue 48180.
  15. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 112.
  16. Henderson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 615.
  17. Henderson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 615.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 246.
  19. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 35.
  20. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 35.
  21. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 9 May, 1901. Issue 36450, col B, p. 6.
  22. Stokes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1251.
  23. Stokes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1251.
  24. Addington Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/10. f. 17.
  25. Addington Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/10. f. 17.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 305.
  27. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 32.
  28. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 32.
  29. Greatorex Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16/30.
  30. Greatorex Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16/30.
  31. Slayter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/445. f. 210.
  32. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 306.
  33. Slayter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/445. f. 210.
  34. Blackett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 479.
  35. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 307.
  36. Blackett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 479.
  37. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/104. f. 104.
  38. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/104. f. 104.
  39. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 306.
  40. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 306.
  41. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 307.
  42. Brandt Service Record. In our PDF for John Roderick Segrave. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 225.
  43. Brandt Service Record. In our PDF for John Roderick Segrave. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 225.
  44. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  45. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  46. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393p.
  47. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 393i.
  48. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393h.
  49. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 782.
  50. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.


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