H.M.S. Galatea (1914)

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H.M.S. Galatea (1914)
Pendant Number: 0C (1914)
66 (Jan 1918)
33 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Beardmore[2]
Ordered: Sep, 1912[3]
Laid down: 9 Jan, 1913[4]
Launched: 14 May, 1914[5]
Commissioned: Dec, 1914[6]
Sold: 25 Oct, 1921[7]

Light cruiser H.M.S. Galatea was one of eight in the Arethusa class, and fought at the Battle of Jutland as part of the First Light Cruiser Squadron.

Torpedoes

In mid-1920, it was ordered that Galatea, Phaeton and Royalist should replace their 21-in Mark IV S.L. torpedoes with the Mark II***** version.[8]

Service

On 24 November, 1914, Galatea was made leader of the First Destroyer Flotilla, replacing Fearless in that role as that ship went over to lead the Second Destroyer Flotilla.[9]

In 1915-1916, she was given a Wise Pressure Telegraphy System Type B to trial for torpedo control. Based on this trial, in 1917, she likely received Chadburn's Torpedo Order Telegraphs and had her Wise gauges redone to indicate Torpedo Deflection only, as well as having Barr and Stroud instruments provided to acknowledge torpedo orders given via Wise and Chadburn.[10]

At the Battle of Jutland, she was flagship of the First Light Cruiser Squadron, screening the battlecruisers under the command of Commodore Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair.[11]

In November, 1917, she completed a refit to be a minelayer, capable of carrying 70 (or 74) mines.[12] She was able to conduct up to six minelaying operations per month, with an operational radius of 1270 miles.[13] She conducted three operations and laid 220 mines in total.[14]

She was reduced to reserve at Portsmouth on 16 August, 1920.[15]

Alterations

In 1915 or 1916, she trialed a Wise Pressure Telegraphy System Type B for torpedo control.[16]

Galatea was fitted with a director in February, 1918. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[17]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  3. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 55.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 55.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1920. pp. 6-7. (G. 10141/20-6.8.1920).
  9. Grand Fleet Conferences, 1914. pp218-219.
  10. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 30.
  11. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  12. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 117.
  13. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, Mining Appendix, 1917-18. Plate 7.
  14. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 117.
  15. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 777.
  16. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 30.
  17. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  18. Gilbert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 19643/164. ff. 164, 248.
  19. Gilbert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 19643/164. ff. 164, 248.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 320.
  21. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  22. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394o.
  24. Alexander-Sinclair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 361.
  25. Loring Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 103.
  26. Day of month inferred by appointment of successor. Loring Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 103.
  27. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 798.
  28. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 777.
  29. Dugmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90/92. f. 92.
  30. Young Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/320. f. 352.
  31. Young Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/320. f. 352.
  32. Young Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/320. f. 352.
  33. Colville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/231. f. 235.
  34. Colville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/231. f. 235.

Bibliography

  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1918). Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. C.B. 1456. Copy No. 10 at Admiralty Library, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
  • Admiralty, Technical History Section (1919). The Technical History and Index: Fire Control in H.M. Ships. Vol. 3, Part 23. C.B. 1515 (23) now O.U. 6171/14. At The National Archives. ADM 275/19.


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