H.M.S. Vengeance (1899)

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H.M.S. Vengeance (1899)
Pendant Number: N.57 (1914)
N.1A (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Vickers, Barrow[2]
Laid down: 23 Aug, 1898[3]
Launched: 25 Jul, 1899[4]
Commissioned: 8 Apr, 1902
Sold: 1 Dec, 1921[5]
Fate: Scrapped

H.M.S. Vengeance was the sixth and last of the Canopus class battleships to be completed, in 1902.

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Service

Past her scheduled date of relief within the Channel Fleet, neither of Vengeance's 12-in turrets were operable in April 1908 owing to problems with the roller paths. Formidable was projected to relieve her temporarily in May, but her permanent relief was to be Bulwark.[6]

A gunnery training ship at the Nore just prior to Great War,[7] Vengeance was commissioned into the Sixth Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet, before joining the Eighth Battle Squadron on 8 August, 1914. She replaced H.M.S. Prince George as squadron flagship on 15 August.[8]

Vengeance paid off on 5 March, 1917.[9]

Torpedoes

In 1904, in a competition to investigate how rapidly submerged tubes could be fired four times sequentially, starting with the tube loaded and the bar out, the ship's crew was able to do this in 4 minutes, 50 seconds.  The best time was achieved by Cressy at 50.75 seconds, though times of 3-5 minutes were more typical.[10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 30.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 30.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 34.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 30.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 30.
  6. Report from Charles Beresford dated 18 April 1908 in Naval Policy - Strategy - Tactics: Miscellaneous papers from Private Office received by record office at The National Archives. ADM 116/942, unnumbered folio halfway within series. p. 1.
  7. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 388.
  8. C.B. 1585. p. 52.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 880.
  10. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1904. pp. 45-7.
  11. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  12. Anson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 32.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 389.
  14. Yelverton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 135.
  15. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 388.
  16. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 387a.
  17. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  18. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398v.

Bibliography


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