H.M.S. Revenge (1915)

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H.M.S. Revenge (1915)
Pendant Number: 98 (Aug 1914)
2A (Jan 1918)
29 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Vickers[2]
Ordered: 1913 Programme[3]
Laid down: 22 Dec, 1913[4]
Launched: 29 May, 1915[5]
Commissioned: 1 Feb, 1916[6]
Sold: 5 Sep, 1948[7]
Fate: Scrapped

Boats

In July 1914, the ship was appropriated 42-foot motor launch No. 253, though the boat was not yet delivered from the contractor.[8]

Service

Revenge joined the First Battle Squadron in May 1916 and remained in that formation through the end. From May through November 1917, she served as squadron flagship. In March 1918, she resumed her role as flagship.[9]

Jutland

Main article: H.M.S. Revenge at the Battle of Jutland

Revenge and Royal Oak were the only ships in the class to fight at Jutland.

Captain Ernest Clegg, a company commander on leave from the Western Front was a guest on board during the battle. He left Revenge five days after the battle, and three weeks later was severely wounded. After the Armistice Captain Kiddle invited Clegg back up to witness the surrender of the High Sea Fleet.

Post-War

Re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 14 August, 1924 for service with the Second Battle Squadron of the Atlantic Fleet.[10]

Alterations

In December, 1914, Open Director Sights were ordered for all[Inference] her turrets. They were likely in place by her completion.[11]

Revenge received her secondary battery directors in March, 1917.[12]

In 1919, she was selected to receive one of the first six Renouf Torpedo Tactical Instrument Type Bs and one of the first nine Renouf Torpedo Tactical Instrument Type Fs manufactured by Elliott Brothers.[13]

Scrap and use at Jodrell Bank

In February 1948, Revenge was placed on the disposal list and was sold a few months later to the Thomas Ward scrapyard at Inverkeithing, Scotland to be broken up and sold for scrap and parts. In the early 1950s, some of her gun turret rack and pinion gearing were purchased - along with those from her sister ship Royal Sovereign - by an engineer from the Husband & Company engineering firm, who re-used the components in the 250-foot Mark I radio telescope (now the Lovell Telescope) at Jodrell Bank, constructed between 1955 and 1957.[14]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 34.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 35.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 35.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 35.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 34.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 856.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 34.
  8. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 122 of 10 July, 1914.
  9. See First Battle Squadron for citations.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1925). pp. 264, 265.
  11. The Technical History and Index: Fire Control in HM Ships, p. 18.
  12. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. p. 16.
  13. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1919. pp. 118, 119.
  14. The 250ft Mk I Radio Telescope.
  15. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 382.
  16. Inferred from move to Marlborough. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 381.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 895.
  18. Ross Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 46.
  19. Swabey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/6. f. 6.
  20. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 895.
  21. Swabey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/6. f. 6.
  22. Brownrigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 231.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 264.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 265.
  25. North Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 144.
  26. North Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 144.
  27. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  28. Superseded that day. Troup Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/135. f. 340.
  29. Troup Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/135. f. 340.
  30. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  31. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  32. Buckley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 1098.
  33. Buckley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 1098.
  34. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  35. Superseded that day. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  36. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  37. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  38. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 323.
  39. Superseded that day. Archer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/141. f. 140.
  40. Archer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/141. f. 140.
  41. Archer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/141. f. 140.
  42. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  43. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.

Bibliography

  • Admiralty, Technical History Section (1919). The Technical History and Index: Fire Control in H.M. Ships. Vol. 3, Part 23. C.B. 1515 (23) now O.U. 6171/14. At The National Archives. ADM 275/19.
  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1917). The Director Firing Handbook. O.U. 6125 (late C.B. 1259). Copy No. 322 at The National Archives. ADM 186/227.
  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1918). Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. C.B. 1456. Copy No. 10 at Admiralty Library, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.


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