H.M.S. Thames (1885)

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H.M.S. Thames (1885)
Pendant Number: N.43 (1914)
N.97 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard[2]
Laid down: 14 Apr, 1884[3]
Launched: 3 Dec, 1885[4]
Commissioned: 1888[5]
Sold:

H.M.S. Thames was completed in 1888 as one of four second class protected cruisers of the Mersey class, but served in the war as a submarine depot ship.

Service

Completed conversion to a depot ship in July, 1903.[6]

During the Test Mobilisation, Thames supported the Fifth Submarine Flotilla, which was then comprised of six "C" class submarines.[7] It remained with the Flotilla when it was made part of the Nore Local Defence Flotilla at the start of the war.

In Spring, 1915, Thames received the first Attack Teacher to permit simulated submarine attacks for training men for submarine command.[8]

In July, 1917, she moved over to support three "C" boats from the Ninth Submarine Flotilla, operating as part of the Harwich Force. In November, 1917, Thames moved to join the Sixth Submarine Flotilla, operating as part of the Portsmouth Local Defence Flotilla.

In October, 1918, Thames moved to the Clyde to support the new Periscope School at Campbeltown under the command of Henry Dale Gill, who'd commanded her previously.

She paid off at the Nore on 23 December, 1919.[9]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 293.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 75.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 293.
  7. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July, 1914.
  8. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 21. pp. 18-20.
  9. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 872.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  11. "Naval Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 19 July, 1890. Issue 33068, col C, p. 12.
  12. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  13. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1056.
  14. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 13.
  15. "The Naval Mobilization". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1899. Issue 35877, col C, p. 10.
  16. Warren Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 290.
  17. Warren Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 290.
  18. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Thursday, 11 July, 1901. Issue 36504, col C, p. 8.
  19. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 22 March, 1902. Issue 36722, col B, p. 14.
  20. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 306a.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 385.
  22. Bacon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 262.
  23. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 385.
  24. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  25. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  26. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 385.
  27. Brandt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 225.
  28. Brandt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 225.
  29. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 385.
  30. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 385.
  31. Napier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 296.
  32. Napier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 296.
  33. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/46. f. 46.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 385.
  35. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/46. f. 46.
  36. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 385.
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 385.
  38. Brodie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 600.
  39. Brodie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 600.
  40. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/46. f. 46.
  41. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 382.
  42. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/46. f. 46.
  43. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398p.
  44. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398p.
  45. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398pp.
  46. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398pp.
  47. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398i.
  48. Gill Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/72. f. 207.
  49. Gill Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/72. f. 207.
  50. Gill Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/72. f. 207.
  51. Gill Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/72. f. 207.
  52. Benning Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/183. f. 98.
  53. The Navy List. (October, 1919). p. 917.
  54. Benning Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/183. f. 98.
  55. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 872.

Bibliography


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