H.M.S. Hood (1891)

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H.M.S. Hood (1891)
Builder: Chatham Royal Dockyard[1]
Ordered: Naval Defence Act of 1889[2]
Laid down: 12 Aug, 1889[3]
Launched: 30 Jul, 1891[4]
Commissioned: May, 1893[5]
Sunk: 3 Nov, 1914
Fate: as blockship at Portland

H.M.S. Hood was a Royal Sovereign class battleship ordered for the British Royal Navy under the terms of the Naval Defence Act 1889. At the behest of the First Naval Lord, Sir Arthur W. A. Hood, she was constructed as a turret ship, the last of its type to be built for the Royal Navy.

Service

Built at Chatham Royal Dockyard, Hood served on the Mediterranean Station from 1893 to 1900, before a brief spell as port guard ship at Pembroke, following which she returned to the Mediterranean until December, 1902. After a long refit, she served in the Home Fleet from 1903 to 1904, then went into the Fleet Reserve.

She was placed on the Material Reserve in 1911, spent some time as a receiving ship at Portsmouth in mid-1913[6] before being put up for sale in 1914. Following various tests, she was sunk to block the Southern entrance to Portland harbour on 3 November.

One of her navigators, Tristan Dannreuther, later recalled of her, "The ship handling was troublesome as Hood often would not answer her helm and in a gregale the old turret ship was like a half-tide rock - once 200 tons of water got into the chain lockers."[7]

Radio

As of 1901, while serving in the Mediterranean, she was slated to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[8]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 33.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 32.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 33.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 33.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 33.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 326.
  7. Dannreuther. "Story of a Damned Writer." p. 2. Private collection.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  9. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 226.
  10. Jeffreys Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/86. f. 50/100.
  11. Jeffreys Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/86. f. 50/100.
  12. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 230.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 258.
  14. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 259.
  15. Blaxland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/128. f. 110.
  16. Blaxland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/128. f. 110.
  17. Lowry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 800.
  18. Lowry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 800.
  19. Rees Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 436.
  20. Rees Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 436.
  21. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 1 February, 1904. Issue 37305, col C, p. 6.
  22. Williams Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1409.
  23. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 20 April, 1904. Issue 37373, col F, p. 10.
  24. Rich Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1110.
  25. Rich Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1110.
  26. Noel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 964.
  27. Noel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 964.
  28. Moore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 689.
  29. Moore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 689.
  30. Satow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 289.
  31. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 328.
  32. Satow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 289.
  33. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 328.
  34. Glossop Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/218. f. 218.
  35. Glossop Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/218. f. 218.
  36. Myburgh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/385. f. 246.
  37. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 17 July, 1911. Issue 39639, col C, p. 4.
  38. Myburgh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/385. f. 246.

Bibliography


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