H.M.S. Undaunted (1914)

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H.M.S. Undaunted (1914)
Pendant Number: 2C (1914)
A5 (Jan 1918)
80 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield[2]
Ordered: Sep, 1912[3]
Laid down: 21 Dec, 1912[4]
Launched: 28 Apr, 1914[5]
Commissioned: 29 Aug, 1914[6]
Sold: 9 Apr, 1923[7]
Fate: to Cashmore[8]
H.M.S. Undaunted was one of eight Arethusa class light cruisers completed for the Royal Navy.

Service

Undaunted commissioned on 29 August, 1914.[9]

On 24 November, 1914, she is noted as leader of the Third Destroyer Flotilla, operating out of Harwich.[10]

On 17 October, 1914, under Captain Cecil H. Fox, she led four destroyers of the Third Destroyer Flotilla in the Battle off Texel, destroying an inferior force of four torpedo boats .

In April, 1917, she completed a refit to be a minelayer, capable of carrying 70 mines. She was able to conduct up to six minelaying operations per month, with an operational radius of 1270 miles.[11][12]

She reduced to Reserve at the Nore on 1 April, 1919.[13]

Alterations

In 1915-1916, she was given a Wise Pressure Telegraphy System Type B to trial for torpedo control. Based on this trial, in 1917, she likely received Chadburn's Torpedo Telegraphs and had her Wise gauges redone to indicate Torpedo Deflection only, as well as having Barr and Stroud instruments provided to acknowledge torpedo orders given via Wise and Chadburn.[14]

Undaunted was fitted with a director in October, 1917. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[15]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  3. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 55.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398s.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  8. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398s.
  10. Grand Fleet Conferences, 1914. pp218-219.
  11. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, Mining Appendix, 1917-18. Plate 7.
  12. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 117.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 879.
  14. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 30.
  15. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  16. Crooke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 36.
  17. Crooke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 36.
  18. Fox Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/320. f. 320.
  19. The Navy List. (November, 1914). p. 387.
  20. Fox Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/320. f. 320.
  21. St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/83. f. 90.
  22. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398o.
  23. St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/83. f. 90.
  24. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 767.
  25. Hickman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 112/224.
  26. Hickman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 112/224.
  27. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 922a.
  28. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 250.
  29. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 250.

Bibliography

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).


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