H.M.S. Racoon (1910)

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H.M.S. Racoon (1910)
Pendant Number: H.A7 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Cammell Laird[2]
Ordered: 1908-09 Programme[3]
Launched: 15 Feb, 1910[4]
Completed: Oct, 1910[5]
Wrecked: 9 Jan, 1918[6]

H.M.S. Racoon was one of sixteen Beagle class destroyers completed for the Royal Navy shortly before the Great War.

Service

In mid-1913 she was active with the Third Destroyer Flotilla.[7]

Some time prior to September 1914, she was moved to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.

In mid-1914 it was decided that she, along with two of her sisters while they were apparently on Mediterranean service, was not to have a platform fitted abaft the 4-in gun.[8]

On 8 March, 1915, Racoon was damaged by an underwater shell-burst when she and several other destroyers went to the aid of the mined battleship Ocean.[9]

On 9 May 1915, Lieutenant-Commander Arthur Gardiner Muller was granted the acting rank of Commander when he was given the additional responsibility of commanding the Second Division of Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, by order of the Commander-in-Chief. Muller would take ill before long, however, and succumb to septic poisoning on 31 August, 1915, being replaced by Lieutenant-Commander Henry Noel Marryat Hardy the following day.[10]

In November, 1917, Racoon joined the Second Destroyer Flotilla on the Northern Division of the Coast of Ireland Station, based at Buncrana.

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 60.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. pp. 73-74.
  3. March. British Destroyers. p. 101.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. pp. 73-74.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 306.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. pp. 73-74.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 365.
  8. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 39 of 19 June, 1914.
  9. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 77-8.
  10. Muller Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/102. f. 102.
  11. Colville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/231. f. 235.
  12. Colville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/231. f. 235.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 397m.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397h.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397h.
  16. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  17. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  18. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  19. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 397f.
  20. Sworder Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/259. f. ?.
  21. Sworder Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/259. f. ?.
  22. Cavaye Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/100. f. 99.
  23. Cavaye Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/100. f. 99.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397g.
  25. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 115.
  26. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. pp. 446-7.

Bibliography


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