H.M.S. Gorgon (1914)

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H.M.S. Gorgon (1914)
Pendant Number: P.59 (Sep 1915)
N.51 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Armstrong, Elswick[2]
Laid down: 11 Jun, 1913[3]
Launched: 9 Jun, 1914[4]
Commissioned: 1 May, 1918
Sold: 28 Aug, 1928[5]
Fate: Scrapped

H.M.S. Gorgon was an ex-Norwegian coast defence battleship which was purchased while building in Britain by the Royal Navy during the First World War for use as a monitor. Originally to have been named the Nidaros, the Gorgon was so heavily modified and her completion deemed such a low priority that she missed most of the war. To her fell the duty of firing the last rounds on the German-held Belgian coast.

Construction

The Nidaros was ordered from Armstrong's in Elswick in January, 1913. She was launched on 9 June, 1914 by Madame Vogt, the wife of the Norwegian Minister to Great Britain.

Service

Upon commissioning, Gorgon immediately joined the Dover Patrol's Sixth Destroyer Flotilla, which already had eleven monitors for bombarding enemy coastal positions.[6]

She paid off at Devonport on 18 May, 1920.[7]

Alterations

Gorgon's main and second-battery directors were installed by the time she joined the fleet, specifically June 1918.[8]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 102.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 47.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 47.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 47.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 102.
  6. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1918). p. 14.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 781.
  8. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. p. 15.
  9. Scott Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/203. f. 207.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 803.
  11. Scott Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/203. f. 207.

Bibliography


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