H.M.S. Indomitable (1907)

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H.M.S. Indomitable (1907)
Pendant Number: 77 (1914)
75 (Jan 1918)
05 (Apr, 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield, Govan[2]
Laid down: 1 Mar, 1906[3]
Launched: 16 Mar, 1907[4]
Commissioned: 25 Jun, 1908[5]
Sold: 1 Dec, 1921[6]
Fate: Scrapped

Contents

Construction and Acceptance

When in December 1906 Indomitable's anchor and hawsepipe arrangements seemed problematic in mock-up, Lusitania was fitting out in Clydebank, and it was observed that she had a more elegant plan. It was mimicked for Inflexible and Indomitable.[7]

Construction Costs, pounds Sterling[8]
Hull and fittings 801,066
Propelling and Machinery 476,539
Hydraulics and Air Compressing 325,708
Gun mountings 12,979
Total 1,617,791

Navigational Equipment

The ship was one of seven which tested Willis and Robinson Electric Revolution Telegraphs. Testing was completed in late 1913.[9]

Boats

In July 1914, the ship was appropriated 42-foot motor launch No. 261, though the boat was not yet delivered from the contractor.[10]

Radio

Indomitable received the first sea-going Service Mark II radio set, and conducted range tests to Vernon while on her voyage to Quebec in 1908.[11]

Sometime before 1913, she may have also had a Type 3 Battleship Auxiliary set, but it was to be replaced by a Type 10 Cruiser Auxiliary set.[12]

Main Battery

Indomitable incorporated new turret training engines controlled by a single wheel which proved a great advance over earlier equipment. The new gear showed "marked reduction in throw-off and good control of starting, stopping and creep with little effort on the handwheel.[13]

Alterations

Directors

In 1913, Indomitable was slated as part of the seventeen ship order to receive a director. It was fitted sometime between December, 1915 and the Battle of Jutland.[14]

Spotting

In late 1913, the ship landed a Pattern 740 Zeiss stereo spotting telescope Mark II at Portsmouth in order to take on a Ross Pattern 873 model for a three-month comparative evaluation.[15]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Service

Indomitable recommissioned at Chatham on 21 February 1912.[26]

She recommissioned at Sheerness on 10 February, 1914.[27]

Jutland

Main article: H.M.S. Indomitable at the Battle of Jutland

Post-War

She paid off at the Nore on 31 March, 1920.[28]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 35.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 24.
  3. Clydebank Battlecruisers. p. 15.
  4. Clydebank Battlecruisers. p. 16.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 24.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 35.
  7. Clydebank Battlecruisers. p. 16.
  8. Clydebank Battlecruisers. p. 16.
  9. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 607 of 24 Oct, 1913.
  10. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 122 of 10 July, 1914.
  11. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1908. Wireless Appendix, p. 14.
  12. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. W/T Appendix, p. 13.
  13. Brooks. Dreadnought Gunnery. p. 46.
  14. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 9-11.
  15. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 662 of 21 Nov, 1913.
  16. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 17 April, 1908. Issue 38623, col E, p. 9.
  17. Roberts. Battlecruisers. p. 122.
  18. Roberts. Battlecruisers. p. 122.
  19. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  20. Roberts. Battlecruisers. p. 122.
  21. Kennedy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 131.
  22. The Navy List (December, 1916). p. 395j.
  23. The Navy List (November, 1917). p. 394q.
  24. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 819.
  25. The Navy List (August, 1919). p. 819.
  26. The Navy List (July, 1913), p. 331.
  27. The Navy List (April, 1914), p. 329.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 792.

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