H.M.S. Natal (1905)

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H.M.S. Natal (1905)
Pendant Number: 69 (1914)[1]
Builder: Vickers, Barrow[2]
Ordered: 1903-04 Programme[3]
Laid down: 6 Jan, 1904
Launched: 30 Sep, 1905[4]
Commissioned: 5 Mar, 1907
Exploded: 31 Dec, 1915[5]
Fate: in Cromarty Firth[6]


Service

Natal was commissioned by Captain Stuart Nicholson at Chatham on 5 March, 1907, for service in the Fifth Cruiser Squadron.[7]

In 1910, Natal was the best gunnery ship of the sixteen in Home Fleet, Second Division and the Second Cruiser Squadron, scoring 90.48 – well ahead of the average 47.567.[8]

She recommissioned at Sheerness on 17 September, 1912.[9] In mid-1913, she was operating with the Second Cruiser Squadron.[10]

Natal collided with a fishing vessel on 5 June, 1913 in foggy conditions. Their Lordships were unable to concur with the opinion of the Court of Inquiry which had determined that the 10 knots Natal was making under command of Captain John F. E. Green was excessive in the poor visibility.[11]

Alterations

In October 1914, the ship was to be given 13 Pattern 1582 Electric Radiators to warm cabins whose stoves could not be used for heating them.[12]

Radio

In mid-1913, it was decided to purchase a Type 9 Cruiser Auxiliary set for her.[13]

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. 72.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 44.
  7. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 4 March, 1907. Issue 38271, col D, p. 10.
  8. The National Archives. ADM 1/8328, p. 4.
  9. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 347.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 347.
  11. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. folio opposite 260.
  12. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 512 of 16 Oct, 1914.
  13. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. W/T Appendix, p. 13.
  14. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 291.
  15. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 291.
  16. Ogilvy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 415.
  17. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 347.
  18. Ogilvy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 415.
  19. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 78.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 347.
  21. Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 40/78.
  22. Greatorex Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 30.
  23. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 347.
  24. Greatorex Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16/30.
  25. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 347.
  26. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  27. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396d.
  29. Back Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 142.
  30. Back Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 142.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.


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