Second Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy)

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The Second Destroyer Flotilla was a formation of destroyers of the Royal Navy.

History

In August, 1907, the Second and the First Destroyer Flotilla transferred from the Home Fleet to the Channel Fleet.[1]

From 1912 through at least 1916, it was comprised of Acorn class destroyers[2] armed with the 21-in R.G.F. Mark II Torpedo.[3] Their test runnings of the 21-in Mark II Torpedoes in the first half of 1916 resulted in 89% of the shots being dangerous to the enemy.[4]

However, in September 1917, the flotilla ceased fleet operations and moved to Ireland where it became a sort of "Saturday Morning Breakfast Club" — its roster a large, ever-varying melange of mixed types, not of geeks, jocks and stoners, but of 30-knotters, Acorns and "R" class destroyers.

18 March, 1910

Part of the Second Division, Home Fleet. Comprised of a mixture of Rivers and older 30-knotters. Exe was temporarily reduced to nucleus crew manning.[5]

Flagship
Bellona
Scouts
Foresight
Skirmisher
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Arab Arun Chelmer Cherwell Colne Dee
Derwent Doon Erne Ettrick Exe Flirt
Flying Fish Foyle Itchen Jed Kale Kennet
Leven Liffey Moy Ouse Racehorse Stour
Test

1 November, 1911

The flotilla was comprised of:[6]

July, 1914

Part of the First Fleet, the Flotilla was now comprised of twenty Acorns under a cruiser. The Commodore (T) directed First Fleet's four flotillas from flagship third class protected cruiser Amethyst.[7]

Flotilla Cruiser
Active
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury Goldfinch Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

September, 1914

The Flotilla is now one of four supporting the Home and Atlantic Waters under overall flotilla flagship light cruiser Arethusa.[8]

Serving in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruiser
Active
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury Goldfinch Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

This roster would last just one month, as during the month, it was decided that Broke should join as the half-flotilla leader and be fitted with a Mark II W/T set, longer mast, No. 2 set of flags and two additional signal ratings.[9]

October, 1914

Broke is now asterisked to join as second-in-command "when ready".[10]

Serving in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruisers
  Active Broke*
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury Goldfinch Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

On 24 November, the flotilla was attached to the Grand Fleet and the leader changed to Fearless (arriving from First Destroyer Flotilla) while Active went off to undergo a refit.[11]

December, 1914

Broke has finally joined as second-in-command, and Fearless has arrived from First Destroyer Flotilla.[12]

Serving in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruisers
  Fearless Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury Goldfinch Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

January, 1915

Galatea has joined as temporary flagship, and the assignment is more fully specified as being under the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets.[13]

Under Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets
Flotilla Cruisers
Galatea   Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury Goldfinch Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

This roster would last until February or March.[14]

March, 1915

Active is again flagship, with Broke as second-in-command. Though Goldfinch was wrecked on 19 February, she is still shown as attached.[15]

Under Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets
Flotilla Cruisers
corvette Active   flotilla leader Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury Goldfinch Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

This roster would last just the month.

April, 1915

The Flotilla is now supporting the Grand Fleet. Goldfinch is belatedly removed following her wrecking on 19 February.[16]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Cruiser
Active
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet
Fury   Hope Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

This roster would last until September.[17][18][19][20]

September, 1915

From this month, the asterisked ships are tenders to H.M.S. Vivid rather than Blake.[21]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Cruiser
Active
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Acorn* Alarm Brisk Cameleon Comet*
Fury*   Hope* Larne Lyra
Martin Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe
Redpole* Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake* Staunch*

This roster would last just the month.

October, 1915

flotilla leader Tipperary has been slyly added to the ships tender to H.M.S. Vivid, though she is not denoted as having special status. The ships with Vivid, however, are now marked as being "detached from Grand Fleet".[22]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Cruiser
Active
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Larne Lyra Martin
Minstrel Nemesis Nereide Nymphe Rifleman Ruby
Temporarily Detached from Grand Fleet, tenders to H.M.S. Vivid
Tipperary
Acorn Comet Fury Tipperary
Hope Redpole Sheldrake Staunch

This roster would last just the month.

November, 1915

Tipperary's detached group has attracted more destroyers from the attached group, and Active has been removed for work "in Home Waters or on detached service".[23]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Larne
Lyra Martin Nemesis Nymphe
Temporarily Detached from Grand Fleet, tenders to H.M.S. Vivid
Flotilla Leader
Tipperary
Destroyers
Acorn Comet Fury Hope Minstrel  
Nereide Redpole Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake Staunch

This roster would last just the month.

December, 1915

The detached group has attracted two more destroyers from the attached group, and Comet, Fury, Redpole and Staunch have been transferred to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterraean.[24]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Alarm Cameleon Larne Lyra Nemesis Nymphe
Temporarily Detached from Grand Fleet, tenders to H.M.S. Vivid
Flotilla Leader
Tipperary
Destroyers
Acorn Brisk Hope Martin Minstrel
Nereide Rifleman Ruby Sheldrake

This roster would last just the month.

January, 1916

The detached group has seduced four more destroyers from the attached group, leaving a mere two behind. Acorn, Minstrel, Rifleman and Sheldrake have also been transferred to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterraean.[25]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
  Nemesis Nymphe
Temporarily Detached from Grand Fleet, tenders to H.M.S. Vivid
Flotilla Leader
Tipperary
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Larne
Lyra Martin Nereide Ruby

This roster would last just the month.

February, 1916

The starvation continues, and only a single destroyer remains in the group attached to the Grand Fleet. Larne and Nemesis appear to have gone missing in some administrative sense.[26]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Destroyers
Nymphe
Temporarily Detached from Grand Fleet, tenders to H.M.S. Vivid
Flotilla Leader
Tipperary
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope
Lyra Martin Nereide Ruby

March, 1916

With depot ship Blake, it appears that Broke alone is still supporting the Grand Fleet. Larne and Nemesis have re-appeared in the detached group, but Nymphe is not mentioned, and trusty Tipperary has gone off to join the Fifth Light Cruiser Squadron.[27]

Part of the Grand Fleet
Flotilla Leader, Second-in-Command
Broke
Depot Ship
Blake
Temporarily Detached from Grand Fleet, tenders to H.M.S. Vivid
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Lyra
Martin Nereide Ruby Larne Nemesis

April, 1916

The Flotilla has been removed from its place in the Grand Fleet, but with Nymphe back in the roster, the formation is now eleven destroyers under orders of Captain-in-Charge, Devonport with no mention of a depot ship or leaders. The format is not clear, but the flotilla may be under overall command of the Admiral of Minesweeping.[28]

Under orders of Captain-in-Charge, Devonport
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Lyra Martin
Nereide Ruby Nemesis Larne Nymphe

This roster would last until June. In May, it was noted that the flotilla was temporarily tender to Vernon.[29]

June, 1916

Under orders of Commander-in-Chief, Devonport (under overall command of the Admiral of Minesweeping) with no mention of a depot ship or leaders, Nymphe has again gone missing.[30]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Lyra Martin
  Nereide Ruby Nemesis Larne

This roster would last just the month.

July, 1916

The Acheron class destroyer Tigress has joined from the First Destroyer Flotilla.[31][32]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Lyra Martin
Nereide Ruby Nemesis Larne Tigress

This roster would last until September.[33]

September, 1916

The second class protected cruiser Eclipse has joined, bearing a Captain (D).[34]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Lyra Martin
Nereide Ruby Nemesis Larne Tigress

October, 1916

Under orders of Commander-in-Chief, Devonport (under overall command of the Admiral of Minesweeping) with no mention of a depot ship or leaders, Hope has left for an undiscovered appointment.[35]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon   Lyra Martin
Nereide Ruby Nemesis Larne Tigress

November, 1916

The destroyer Hope has magically returned and seven Acheron class destroyers (Acheron, Archer, Ariel, Attack, Goshawk, Hydra and Lizard) have arrived from the First Destroyer Flotilla.[36][37]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Cameleon Hope Lyra Martin
Nereide Ruby Nemesis Larne Tigress
Acheron Archer Ariel Attack Goshawk
  Hydra Lizard

December, 1916

Cameleon, Nereide, Larne, Nemesis have been sent to join the Adriatic Squadron.[38]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Acheron Alarm Archer Ariel Attack Brisk Lyra
Hope Martin Goshawk Ruby Hydra Lizard Tigress

Some blessed level of stability was finally found, as this roster would last until April, 1917.[39][40]

April, 1917

Lapwing and Phoenix have joined from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla.[41][42]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Acheron Alarm Archer Ariel Attack Brisk Goshawk Hope
Hydra Lapwing Lizard Lyra Martin Phoenix Ruby Tigress

May, 1917

Hydra has been detached.[43]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Acheron Alarm Archer Ariel Attack Brisk Goshawk Hope
  Lapwing Lizard Lyra Martin Phoenix Ruby Tigress

This roster would last just the month.

June, 1917

Jackal and Badger have joined from an escort flotilla in Portsmouth.[44][45]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Acheron Alarm Archer Ariel Attack Badger
Brisk Goshawk Hope Jackal Lapwing Lizard
Lyra Martin Phoenix Ruby Tigress

This roster would last just the month.

July, 1917

Hydra has returned.[46]

Under orders of Commander-in-Charge, Devonport
Flotilla Cruiser, Captain (D)
Eclipse
Destroyers
Acheron Alarm Archer Ariel Attack Badger
Brisk Goshawk Hope Hydra Jackal Lapwing
Lizard Lyra Martin Phoenix Ruby Tigress

This roster would last until September, 1917.[47]

September, 1917

A new epoch dawned for the flotilla in September, as it has been moved to the Northern Division of Ireland Station, headquartered at Buncrana. The cruiser has left with four destroyers: Eclipse, Ariel, Attack, Goshawk, Lyra and Tigress have been sent to the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[48]

A number of "M" class destroyers have arrived: Mandate, Martial, Michael and Milbrook from the Eleventh Destroyer Flotilla, and Pelican from the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla,[49] as well as Ossory and Marne which had been with the Eleventh in July.[50] Finally, Nicator and Portia joined from a miasma of ships already puttering about Buncrana.[51] A pair of 30-knotters and "R" class also joined, tendered to different vessels.

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Badger Hope Jackal Lapwing
Lizard Martin Ossory Ruby Mandate Portia
Marne Martial Michael Milbrook Nicator Pelican
Tenders to Sandhurst
loaned from Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla
Restless Rob Roy
Tenders to Thetis
Thorn Wolf

October, 1917

The large roster continues to change, bringing in an even greater diversity of types — a culture conducive to patrol and escort operations but not fleet work.[52]

Grasshopper, Beagle, Harpy, Scourge and Wolverine fresh from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla,[53] as well as Foxhound recently of that flotilla.[54]

A number of "M" class destroyers also joined: Moresby from the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla, Orestes from the Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla,[55] while sister Miranda was to arrive "shortly" from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla.[56]

Rob Roy has bucked the trend by departing to the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla.[57]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Alarm Brisk Badger Beagle Foxhound
Grasshopper Harpy Hope Jackal Lapwing
Martin Ossory Ruby Mandate Portia
Marne Martial Michael Milbrook Miranda*
Moresby Nicator Pelican Scourge Wolverine
Tenders to Greenwich
loaned from Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla
Orestes
Tenders to Sandhurst
loaned from Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla
Restless
Tenders to Thetis
  Thorn   Wolf

On 2 October 1917, Brisk struck a mine while moving to assist the torpedoed armoured cruiser Drake.[58]

November, 1917

Seven destroyers have left while three joined, and Miranda still seems slow to actually join.[59]

Destroyers Jackal, Lapwing and Ruby have moved over to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla[60] and Alarm and Hope would re-appear there a month later.[61] Orestes has departed to the Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla and Restless to the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla.[62]

Some old destroyers have come in from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, Bulldog freshly so,[63] and Mosquito and Racoon after two months seemingly lost in the paperwork.[64]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Badger Beagle Brisk Bulldog Foxhound
Grasshopper Harpy Martin Ossory Mandate
Portia Marne Martial Michael Milbrook
Miranda* Moresby Mosquito Nicator Pelican
  Racoon Scourge Wolverine
Tenders to Thetis
  Thorn   Wolf

December, 1917

Three destroyers have left while five have joined.[65]

Brisk has been removed, presumably as she is having her mine damage repaired — she would return in March, 1918. Martin has gone, to appear in January in the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla.[66] Miranda has gone directly to the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla.[67]

Minos will be joining "shortly" from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla.[68] Savage joined from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla,[69] and Express and Osprey from the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla.[70]

Pigeon also joined, recently of the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla.[71]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Badger Beagle Bulldog Foxhound Grasshopper
Harpy Ossory Mandate Portia Marne
Martial Michael Milbrook Minos* Moresby
Mosquito Nicator Pelican Pigeon Racoon
  Savage Scourge Wolverine
Tenders to Thetis
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

January, 1918

Wolverine has been removed after being sunk in a collision in December, and Pincher and Rattlesnake have joined from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, although Rattlesnake's arrival will occur "shortly".[72][73]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Badger Beagle Bulldog Foxhound Grasshopper
Harpy Ossory Mandate Portia Marne
Martial Michael Milbrook Minos* Moresby
Mosquito Nicator Pelican Pigeon Pincher
Racoon Rattlesnake* Savage Scourge
Tenders to Thetis
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

February, 1918

Rattlesnake has detached, eventually to re-appear in the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla in April,[74] while Grampus and Scorpion have joined from the Mediterranean Fleet, although Grampus will actually join "shortly" (although Minos has now joined).[75][76]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Badger Beagle Bulldog Foxhound Grampus*
Grasshopper Harpy Ossory Mandate Portia
Marne Martial Michael Milbrook Minos
Moresby Mosquito Nicator Pelican Pigeon
Pincher Racoon Savage Scorpion Scourge
Tenders to Thetis
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

March, 1918

Brisk has rejoined in a paid off condition following her mining, and Grampus still has yet to join. Mosquito has paid off, and Racoon has been detached as she wrecked on 9 January. The second depot ship has changed, as well.[77]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Badger Beagle Brisk* Bulldog Foxhound
Grampus* Grasshopper Harpy Ossory Mandate
Portia Marne Martial Michael Milbrook
Minos Moresby Mosquito* Nicator Pelican
Pigeon Pincher Savage Scorpion Scourge
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

April, 1918

Badger has disappeared, not to re-appear until August in the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla at Brindisi.[78] Basilisk will soon be joining from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla,[79] Manners from the Eleventh Destroyer Flotilla and Mons from the Third Destroyer Flotilla.[80] The resulting flotilla was as follows.[81]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk* Beagle Brisk* Bulldog Foxhound
Grampus* Grasshopper Harpy Mandate Manners
Marne Martial Michael Milbrook Minos
Mons Moresby Mosquito* Nicator Ossory
Pelican Pigeon Pincher Portia Savage
  Scorpion   Scourge
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

May, 1918

Six more "M" class destroyers have joined: Magic, Medway, Mounsey and Mystic from the Third Destroyer Flotilla, Mindful from the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla and Musketeer from the Eleventh Destroyer Flotilla. Basilisk is now marked as paid off, and also still yet to actually join. Brisk remains paid off and Grampus has still not actually joined.[82][83]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk* Beagle Brisk* Bulldog Foxhound
Grampus* Grasshopper Harpy Magic Mandate
Manners Marne Martial Medway Michael
Milbrook Mindful Minos Mons Moresby
Mosquito Mounsey Mystic Musketeer Nicator
Ossory Pelican Pigeon Pincher Portia
  Savage Scorpion Scourge
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

June, 1918

Eleven destroyers have departed: Beagle, Bulldog, Foxhound, Grasshopper, Harpy, Mosquito, Pincher, Savage, Scorpion and Scourge to the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, and Brisk to the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla. Basilisk, Grampus and Magic are paid off.[84]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk* Grampus* Magic* Mandate Manners
Marne Martial Medway Michael Milbrook
Mindful Minos Mons Moresby Mounsey
Mystic Musketeer Nicator Ossory Pelican
  Pigeon   Portia
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

July, 1918

Astonishingly, the roster remains unchanged. Basilisk and Grampus are no longer paid off; Magic remains so.[85]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk Grampus Magic* Mandate Manners
Marne Martial Medway Michael Milbrook
Mindful Minos Mons Moresby Mounsey
Musketeer Mystic Nicator Ossory Pelican
  Pigeon   Portia
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

August, 1918

Magic remains paid off. Renard from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla is added, to join "shortly".[86][87]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk Grampus Magic* Mandate Manners
Marne Martial Medway Michael Milbrook
Mindful Minos Mons Moresby Mounsey
Musketeer Mystic Nicator Ossory Pelican
  Pigeon Portia Renard*
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

Given the variability of this flotilla, this roster likely changed in September, but the next Supplement available to me is for November.

November, 1918

Magic remains paid off; Milbrook is, also. Sometime after August, Beagle and Foxhound joined from the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, and Rattlesnake from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla. Additionally, Marne, Medway, Michael, Mystic, Nicator and Pelican are marked as being on loan to the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla which is operating with the Grand Fleet.[88][89]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk Beagle Foxhound Grampus Magic*
Mandate Manners Marne* Martial Medway*
Michael* Milbrook Mindful Minos Mons
Moresby Mounsey Musketeer Mystic* Nicator*
  Ossory Pelican* Pigeon
  Portia Rattlesnake Renard
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
Express Thorn   Wolf Osprey

December, 1918

Magic and Milbrook remain paid off; Mounsey now is, also. The six destroyers on loan to the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla appear to be back. Wolf has been dropped, and seemingly has vanished from the Navy List for undiscovered reasons.[90]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Depot Ship
Hecla
Destroyers
Basilisk Beagle Foxhound Grampus Magic*
Mandate Manners Marne Martial Medway
Michael Milbrook* Mindful Minos Mons
Moresby Mounsey* Musketeer Mystic Nicator
  Ossory Pelican Pigeon
  Portia Rattlesnake Renard
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
  Express Thorn Osprey

January, 1919

With the war over, the ships have been ordered to Home Ports, though a few remain here. Magic and Mounsey remain paid off, though Milbrook does not. Depot ship Hecla, Basilisk, Beagle, Foxhound, Renard, Manners, Moresby and Pigeon have gone to the Nore, Rattlesnake, Medway, Nicator have gone to Portsmouth, Mandate, Marne, Martial, Mindful, Mons, Musketeer, Ossory and Portia to Devonport.[91]

Northern Division, Coast of Ireland Station (Buncrana)
Destroyers
Grampus Minos Magic* Mounsey* Michael
  Mystic* Milbrook Pelican
Tenders to Template:UK-Vigorous
  Express Thorn Osprey

February, 1919

The Flotilla no longer appears in the Navy List. Presumably, the other ships have also been ordered to Home Ports. Express and Grampus went to the Nore, Minos to Portsmouth, and Milbrook, Mounsey, Mystic to Devonport, with Magic, Michael and Pelican soon to follow them. The wartime history of the flotilla was at an end.[92]

March, 1919

The formation has returned to life as one of seven new Grand Fleet flotillas for the post-war navy, crafted from a pair of leaders, a depot ship and 16 ultra-modern destroyers.[93]

Supporting the Grand Fleet
one of seven modern flotillas
Flotilla Leader, Captain (D)
Spenser
Division Leader
Shakespeare
Depot Ship
Sandhurst
Destroyers
Vidette Valentine Vectis Vega Venetia Verulam
Vesper Vimiera Violent Walpole Windsor Wessex
  Wolfhound Westminster Winchelsea Westcott

[TO BE CONTINUED - TONE]

Captains (D)

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 13 August, 1907. Issue 38410, col B, p. 10.
  2. March. British Destroyers. p. 160.
  3. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. p. 36.
  4. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 87.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 269.
  6. March. British Destroyers. p. 160.
  7. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July 1914.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September 1914). p. 11.
  9. Grand Fleet Conferences, 1914. p. 104.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 11.
  11. Grand Fleet Conferences, 1914. p. 218-9.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 11.
  13. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 11.
  14. No Supplement for February, 1915 has been found.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1915). p. 14.
  16. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 11.
  17. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1915). p. 11.
  18. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1915). p. 12.
  19. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1915). p. 12.
  20. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1915). p. 12.
  21. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1915). p. 12.
  22. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 12.
  23. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1915). pp. 12, 14.
  24. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1915). pp. 12, 20.
  25. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1916). pp. 12, 20.
  26. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1916). pp. 12.
  27. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1916). pp. 12, 13.
  28. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1916). p. 14.
  29. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1916). p. 14.
  30. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1916). p. 14.
  31. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1916). p. 14.
  32. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1916). p. 12.
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British Destroyer Flotillas
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Eleventh | Twelfth | Thirteenth | Fourteenth | Fifteenth | Seventeenth | Nineteenth
Twentieth | Twenty-first
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Portland | Portsmouth | Queenstown