H.M.S. Minotaur (1906)

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H.M.S. Minotaur (1906)
Pendant Number: 91 (Feb 1915)
87 (Jan 1918)
71 (Apr 1918)
N.73 (Jun 1918)[1]
Builder: Devonport Royal Dockyard[2]
Ordered: 1904-05 Programme[3]
Laid down: 2 Jan, 1905[4]
Launched: 6 Jun, 1906[5]
Commissioned: 1 Apr, 1908[6]
Sold: 12 Apr, 1920[7]
Fate: Scrapped

Service

Minotaur was commissioned at Devonport on 1 April, 1908, by Captain William O. Boothby, for service in the Fifth Cruiser Squadron.[8]

On 25 January, 1910, she became Vice-Admiral Alfred Leigh Winsloe's flagship on the China Station. On 8 October, 1911, Alacrity took over as flagship, but Minotaur resumed this role for 26 days from 5 March, 1912.[9]

She recommissioned at Colombo on 26 May, 1912.[10]

She commenced refit at Invergordon on 26 October, 1915, and went into dock on the 29th.[11]

In November she was serving as flagship of the Seventh Cruiser Squadron.[12] She would leave for the Second Cruiser Squadron just before the Battle of Jutland.

Jutland

She operated as flagship for the Second Cruiser Squadron which she had just joined, under command of Captain Arthur C. S. H. D'Aeth. Her gunnery officer was Edward G. de S. Jukes Hughes, appointed to the ship on 6 January, 1914.[13]

She continued to serve in 2 C.S. until the end of 1918 when the formation was disbanded. She went with Achilles to Portsmouth.[14]

Alterations

An order for a design for a director system for Minotaur was issued on 22 February 1915 and orders for its supply made 12 April, 1916. Priorities for director fittings were such, however that it was only installed in August 1918.[15]

Radio

In mid-1913, it was decided to purchase a Type 9 Cruiser Auxiliary set for her.[16]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 73.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 73.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 73.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  8. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 2 April, 1908. Issue 38610, col A, p. 12.
  9. Winsloe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 541.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 345a.
  11. Jellicoe Papers. British Library. Add MS 49000. p. 269.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1915). p. 6.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 345a.
  14. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 20.
  15. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. p. 15.
  16. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. W/T Appendix, p. 13.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 346.
  18. Boothby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 180.
  19. Boothby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 180.
  20. Tothill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 296.
  21. Cayley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 428.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 345. Date given here is 4 Jan.
  23. Cayley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 428.
  24. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 382.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396b.
  26. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 381.
  27. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396c.
  28. D'Aeth Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 25/50.
  29. Molteno Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44., f. 137/260.
  30. Molteno Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44., f. 137/260.
  31. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395r.
  32. Harper Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43., f. 507.
  33. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 846.

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