H.M.S. Hannibal (1896)

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H.M.S. Hannibal (1896)
Pendant Number: D.36 (1914)
P.45 (Sep 1915)
N.54 (1918)[1]
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard[2]
Ordered: 1893[3]
Laid down: 1 May, 1894[4]
Launched: 28 Apr, 1896[5]
Completed: Apr, 1898[6]
Commissioned: 10 May, 1898[7]
Sold: 28 Jan, 1920[8]
Fate: Scrapped in Italy[9]

H.M.S. Hannibal was a British battleship of the Majestic class, launched in 1896 and sold for scrap in 1920. She was the sixth warship of the Royal Navy to be named after the Carthaginian general Hannibal.

Service

Hannibal was launched on 28 April, 1896, by Mrs. Laurie, the wife of General John W. Laurie, the Member of Parliament for Pembroke and Haverfordwest.[10] She commissioned at Portsmouth on 10 May, 1898, Captain Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, Bart., in command.[11]

On 29 October, 1909 Hannibal collided with T.B. 105, severely damaging the boat.

In mid-July, 1914, the ship was ordered to take up station in the Humber as part of a force of four Majestic class battleships and two Cressy class cruisers being sent there to be demobilised on the 25th. Her crew was to be transferred to Goliath.[12]

Great War

Hannibal arrived at Scapa Flow in company with Magnificent for local defence at 4 p.m. on 10 August. Rear-Admiral Francis S. Miller hoisted his flag in her that day, with charge of the local defences and administration of the base.[13]

In October the ship was to be given two Pattern 1582 Electric Radiators to warm cabins whose stoves could not be used for heating them.[14]

Radio

By the end of 1901, she was fitted or due to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[15]

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, 59 seconds.  The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though times of 3-5 minutes were more typical.[16]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 34.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 34.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  6. Burt. British Battleships: 1889-1904. p. 147.
  7. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 11 May, 1898. Issue 35513, col E, p. 9.
  8. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  9. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 29 April, 1896. Issue 34877, col B, p. 12.
  11. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 11 May, 1898. Issue 35513, col E, p. 9.
  12. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 140 of 17 July 1914.
  13. "Grand Fleet Operations, August, 1914 - Narrative of Events." Jellicoe Papers. British Library. Add MS. 48995. f. 21.
  14. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 512 of 16 Oct, 1914.
  15. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  16. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 254.
  18. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 11 May, 1898. Issue 35513, col E, p. 9.
  19. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 255.
  20. Russell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1130.
  21. Russell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1130.
  22. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 262.
  23. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 262.
  24. Giffard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 514.
  25. Giffard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 514.
  26. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 265.
  27. Tate Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1278.
  28. Tate Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1278.
  29. Warren Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 290.
  30. Warren Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 290.
  31. Rolleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 690.
  32. Rolleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 690.
  33. Elliott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20/153. ff. 153, 155, 161.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 323.
  35. Elliott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20/153. ff. 153, 155, 161.
  36. Hayes-Sadler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 44.
  37. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 322.
  38. Hayes-Sadler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 44.
  39. The Navy List. (October, 1913). p. 322.
  40. The Navy List. (October, 1913). p. 322.
  41. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  42. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  43. Prowse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 423.
  44. Loring Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 103.
  45. Grant-Dalton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/43/328. f. 362.
  46. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 327.
  47. Grant-Dalton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/43/328. f. 362.
  48. Streatfeild Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/260. ff. 285, 286.
  49. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394f.
  50. Streatfeild Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/260. ff. 285, 286.
  51. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 807.

Bibliography


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