H.M.S. Hornet (1911)

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H.M.S. Hornet (1911)
Pendant Number: H.49 (1914)
H.42 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown[2]
Ordered: 1910-11 Programme[3]
Launched: 20 Dec, 1911[4]
Completed: Mar, 1912[5]
Sold: 1921[6]
Fate: Broken up Oct 1922[7]

H.M.S. Hornet was one of 29 destroyers of the Acheron class.

Radio

She was one of 18 Acheron class destroyers fitted with W/T in 1912, becoming one of 123 destroyers so far fitted with Destroyer Sets.[8]

Service

Hornet served with the First Destroyer Flotilla from at least July, 1913.[9]

In 1915, while serving in the First Destroyer Flotilla out of South Queensferry, Hornet was under the command of Commander Bingham when her sub-division mate Tigress had her bridge rails mangled by a sea with sufficient force to injure her captain.[10] On 28 October 1915, she and Jackal stood by the armoured cruiser Argyll, which had run hard aground in stormy seas on Bell Rock off Dundee. Commander Bingham boldly approached the stricken cruiser and kept Hornet alongside while groups of men leapt from the grounded vessel to his deck. Not a man was lost in the daring rescue.[11]

In May of 1916, Hornet was one of eight Acherons to be pared off from 1 D.F. to screen the elderly battleships of the Third Battle Squadron. This caused her to miss taking part in the Battle of Jutland.

In October, 1916, the title of First Destroyer Flotilla was re-assigned to her flotilla of 7-8 destroyers. It remained at work, screening 3 B.S. until August 1917 when Hornet was moved to the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla under the command of the Commander-in-Chief, Devonport.

In December, 1917, she left 4 D.F. and ventured to the Mediterranean, where she joined the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in January, 1918.

She reduced to C. & M. Party at the Nore on 12 November, 1919.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 306.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. Wireless Appendix, p. 6.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 327.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 121.
  11. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 122.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 789.
  13. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  14. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 328.
  15. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  16. The Navy List. (November, 1913). p. 325.
  17. MacLean Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 285.
  18. MacLean Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 285.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 332.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394q.
  21. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  22. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395f.
  24. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  25. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394l.
  27. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/48. f. 47.
  28. The Navy List. (July, 1919). p. 815.
  29. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/48. f. 47.

Bibliography


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