H.M.S. King Alfred (1901)

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H.M.S. King Alfred (1901)
Pendant Number: P.10 (1914)
P.98 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Vickers, Barrow[2]
Ordered: 1898-99 Programme[3]
Laid down: 11 Aug, 1899[4]
Launched: 28 Oct, 1901[5]
Commissioned: 22 Dec, 1903[6]
Sold: 30 Jan, 1920[7]
Fate: Scrapped

Service

On 18 June 1910, she collided with S.S. Chesapeake. It was determined that Captain Doughty was to blame, and he was admonished in the incident.[8]

On 31 July 1913, King Alfred collided with the Spanish steamship Umbe. The cruiser was steaming on a northeasterly course in the North Sea in company with the cruisers Good Hope and Drake as well as the light cruisers Active and Amphion when the steamer was first sighted at considerable distance on a converging course between 7 and 7.15am. The steamer passed astern of Amphion – near enough that both vessels had to alter course to manage it, but then resumed her course and collided bow-to-bow with King Alfred. Acting Lieutenant R.N.R. Douglas George Jeffrey in King Alfred ordered "full speed ahead", and did not order the engines stopped before the yawing cruiser's propellers cut into the steamer so badly that the other ship sank. Jeffrey would be subjected to a Court Martial in February, 1914 in which he would be severely reprimanded for having negligently or by default having hazarded his ship.[9][10]

Alterations

In mid-1913 it was approved that King Alfred receive a Mark III Dumaresq, Pattern 760. Having been supplied with the Mark III variant, she was to surrender a Mark I instrument previously allotted.[11]

In October 1914, the ship was to be given 22 Pattern 1582 Electric Radiators to warm cabins whose stoves could not be used for heating them.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 42.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 69.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 69.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 69.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 69.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 69.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 42.
  8. Doughty Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 141.
  9. "Court Martial on an R.N.R. Officer." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Feb 03, 1914; pg. 10; Issue 40437.
  10. "R.N.R. Officer Severely Reprimanded." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Feb 04, 1914; pg. 12; Issue 40438.
  11. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 283 of 6 June, 1913.
  12. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 512 of 16 Oct, 1914.
  13. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/221. ff. 195, 199.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 16 July, 1903. Issue 37134, col D, p. 8.
  15. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/221. ff. 195, 199.
  16. King-Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 42.
  17. King-Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 283.
  18. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  19. Mundy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 920.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 336.
  21. Thursby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 658.
  22. Thursby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 658.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 336.
  24. Clinton-Baker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 394.
  25. Back Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 142.
  26. Back Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 142.
  27. Doughty Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 141.
  28. Doughty Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 141.
  29. Leatham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 147.
  30. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 336.
  31. Leatham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 147.
  32. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 336.
  33. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  34. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  35. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 336.
  36. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  37. Edwards Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 212.
  38. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 334.
  39. Hope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 44.
  40. Hope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 23/44.
  41. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395f. Day of month is from Service Record, and may be 4, 14 or 24.
  42. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 394w.
  43. Armstrong Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 160.
  44. Armstrong Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 160.

Bibliography

  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.


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