H.M.S. Forth (1886)

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H.M.S. Forth (1886)
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard[1]
Laid down: 1 Dec, 1884[2]
Launched: 23 Oct, 1886[3]
Commissioned: 1889[4]
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H.M.S. Forth completed as one of four second class protected cruisers of the Mersey class in 1889, but served in the Great War as a submarine depot ship.

Service

The ship participated in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1892 as part of the Blue Squadron. She found, in the exercises, that she had to make excellent time to pursue Red ships and bring them to action, and this hurry provoked an accident when unusual currents caused her to go astray.

A Court Martial concluded on 2 September 1892 to resolve a charge that Captain Hulton and Lieutenant Wroughton had by negligence or by default hazarded the ship. Hulton stressed in his defence that he had had no tidal charts in his possession in the event, and Wroughton claimed to have been weakened by internal haemorrhoids to such an extent that he had recently handed his duties to Lt. Warrender for 48 hours.[5]

She was commissioned on 8 July 1896 in order to participate in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1896 under the command of Captain Edward Henry Bayly.[6][7][8]

She completed conversion to a sea-going submarine depot ship in August 1904.[9]

In July 1914, she was attached to the Third Submarine Flotilla for the Test Mobilisation.[10] In January, 1915, she transferred to the Tenth Submarine Flotilla. She remained there until August 1916 when she went to help the Eighth Submarine Flotilla, but she remained there only about one month. In September, she was with the Ninth Submarine Flotilla where she would remain through the end of the war.

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Sep 03, 1892; pg. 7; Issue 33734.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 26, 1896; pg. 7; Issue 34927.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 09, 1896; pg. 11; Issue 34938.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 10, 1896; pg. 8; Issue 34939.
  9. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 293.
  10. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July, 1914.
  11. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 19, 1890; pg. 12; Issue 33068.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jun 23, 1892; pg. 7; Issue 33672.
  13. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Jul 10, 1893; pg. 10; Issue 33999.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 09, 1896; pg. 11; Issue 34938.
  15. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  16. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 317.
  18. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  19. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 317.
  21. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 258.
  22. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 258.
  23. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  24. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  25. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  26. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 318.
  27. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  28. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 318.
  29. Candy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/279. f. 279.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 318.
  31. Candy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/279. f. 279.
  32. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 317.
  33. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 316.
  34. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  35. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  36. Sturdee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/214. f. 115.
  37. Sturdee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/214. f. 115.
  38. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393v.
  39. Archdale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90. f. 187.
  40. Kellett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/204. f. ?.
  41. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 795.
  42. Kellett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/204. f. ?.
  43. Layard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/212. f. 114.
  44. The Navy List. (December, 1919). p. 775.
  45. Layard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/212. f. 114.

Bibliography


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