H.M.S. Mars (1896)

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H.M.S. Mars (1896)
Pendant Number: D.42 (1914)
P.01 (Sep 1915)
P.6A (1918)[1]
Builder: Laird, Birkenhead[2]
Ordered: 1893[3]
Laid down: 2 Jun, 1894[4]
Launched: 30 Mar, 1896[5]
Completed: Jun, 1897[6]
Commissioned: 8 Jun, 1897[7]
Sold: 9 May, 1921[8]
Fate: Scrapped

Service

Mars commissioned at Portsmouth on 8 June, 1897, Captain Reginald F. H. Henderson in command.[9]

In 1910, Mars was the best gunnery ship of the 27 tested in the Home Fleet's Third Division (and cruisers), scoring 72.62 – well ahead of the average 46.195.[10]

She recommissioned at Devonport on 2 January 1912.[11]

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 Albion.[12]

Mars paid off at Invergordon on 7 July, 1920.[13]

Radio

As of 1901, while serving in the Channel Squadron, she had or was slated to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[14]

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 4 minutes, 20 seconds. The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though 2:30 was more typical.[15]

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, 9 June, 1897. Issue 35225, col C, p. 10.
  8. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 29.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 9 June, 1897. Issue 35225, col C, p. 10.
  10. The National Archives. ADM 1/8328, p. 4.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 344.
  12. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 140 of 17 July 1914.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 809.
  14. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  15. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.
  16. Henderson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 609.
  17. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 9 June, 1897. Issue 35225, col C, p. 10.
  18. Henderson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 609.
  19. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/243. f. 1052.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 270.
  21. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 20 December, 1897. Issue 35391, col C, p. 10.
  22. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/243. f. 1052.
  23. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 858.
  24. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 278.
  25. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 858.
  26. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 279.
  27. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 936.
  28. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 936.
  29. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  30. Day of month taken from predecessor. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 936.
  31. Beatty Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 156.
  32. Tottenham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 623.
  33. Tottenham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 623.
  34. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 344.
  35. Eyre Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 140.
  36. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 344.
  38. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  39. Ryan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 339.
  40. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 343.
  41. Ryan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 339.
  42. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/67. f. 73.
  43. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/67. f. 73.
  44. Foot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 218.
  45. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  46. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  47. Dannreuther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/245. f. 270.
  48. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 345.
  49. Dannreuther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/245. f. 270.
  50. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 355.
  51. Harbord-Hamond Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. Unnumbered folio.
  52. Pyddoke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/393. f. 434.
  53. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396.
  54. Pyddoke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/393. f. 434.
  55. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 396aa.
  56. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396aa.
  57. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396o.
  58. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 843.

Bibliography


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