Seventh Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy)

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

History

In November 1912, seven destroyers were to be given Destroyer W/T Sets, part of an initiative to equip 26 destroyers in three patrol flotillas.[1]

In 1916, it was comprised of assorted old torpedo boats and River class destroyers. The T.B.s ran 37 18-in cold torpedoes that year, endangering the enemy 84% of the time, the "Rivers" were 97% likely to endanger the enemy with their 45 18-in Mark VII runs.[2]

November, 1911

The flotilla in the Mediterranean was comprised of:[3]

April, 1912

The Royal Navy's flotillas are re-arranged, leaving 7 D.F. as one of four patrol flotillas provided with nucleus crews only. Her strength is now twenty-four old T.B.Ds. and a cruiser based on Devonport.[4][5]

A Patrol Flotilla based at Devonport
Flagship
Sapphire
Flotilla Cruiser
"not selected"
Depot Ship
Leander
Destroyers
Bullfinch Dove Vigilant Thorn Earnest
Express Locust Quail Griffon Orwell
Thrasher Wolf Lively Sprightly Seal
Panther Violet Sylvia Success Arab
Avon Leopard   Vixen Bittern

July, 1914

The flotilla was based in Devonport, part of the Second Fleet, under depôt ship Leander. It was to participate in the Test Mobilisation as follows.[6]

Test Mobilization, 1914
Scout Cruiser
Skirmisher
"30 Knotters"
Albatross Arab Avon Bullfinch Dove Earnest Leopard
Lively Locust Orwell Panther Quail Seal Sprightly
Success Sylvia Thorn Thrasher Vixen Violet Wolf
First-class Torpedo Boats
T.B. 1 T.B. 2 T.B. 3 T.B. 4 T.B. 5 T.B. 13 T.B. 14
  T.B. 15 T.B. 16 T.B. 21 T.B. 22 T.B. 24  

September, 1914

One of four patrol flotillas serving in Home and Atlantic Waters. T.B. 4, T.B. 13, T.B. 22 and T.B. 24 have left to join the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla. The formation has a strength of a cruiser, a depot ship, 21 destroyers and eight torpedo boats.[7]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruiser
Skirmisher
Depot Ship
Leander
30 Knotters
Albatross Arab Avon Bullfinch Dove Earnest Leopard
Lively Locust Orwell Panther Quail Seal Sprightly
Success Sylvia Thorn Thrasher Vixen Violet Wolf
First-class Torpedo Boats
T.B. 1 T.B. 2 T.B. 3 T.B. 5 T.B. 14 T.B. 15 T.B. 16
T.B. 21

October, 1914

scout cruiser Forward has joined from the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla to act as a second flotilla cruiser. The formation has a strength of two cruisers, a depot ship, 21 destroyers and eight torpedo boats.[8][9]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruisers
Skirmisher Forward
Depot Ship
Leander
30 Knotters
Albatross Arab Avon Bullfinch Dove Earnest Leopard
Lively Locust Orwell Panther Quail Seal Sprightly
Success Sylvia Thorn Thrasher Vixen Violet Wolf
First-class Torpedo Boats
T.B. 1 T.B. 2 T.B. 3 T.B. 5 T.B. 14 T.B. 15 T.B. 16
T.B. 21

December, 1914

St. George has replaced Leander as depot ship, freeing her to go to serve the destroyers attached to the Home Fleet. T.B. 4, T.B. 13, T.B. 22 and T.B. 24 have returned from the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla. The formation has a strength of two cruisers, a depot ship, nine destroyers and twelve torpedo boats.[10]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruisers
Skirmisher Forward
Depot Ship
St. George
30 Knotters
Albatross Avon Earnest Panther Quail Seal Violet
Vixen Wolf
First-class Torpedo Boats
T.B. 1 T.B. 2 T.B. 3 T.B. 4 T.B. 5 T.B. 13 T.B. 14
  T.B. 15 T.B. 16 T.B. 21 T.B. 22 T.B. 24  

January, 1915

Violet has been removed, but would return by March. The formation has a strength of two cruisers, a depot ship, eight destroyers and eight torpedo boats.[11][12]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruisers
Skirmisher Forward
Depot Ship
St. George
30 Knotters
Albatross Avon Earnest Panther Quail Seal Vixen
Wolf
First-class Torpedo Boats
T.B. 1 T.B. 2 T.B. 3 T.B. 5 T.B. 14 T.B. 15 T.B. 16
T.B. 21

March, 1915

Ranger and Thrasher have joined from undiscovered previous assignments and Violet has returned. The torpedo boats have seemingly been removed, but they do not appear to have come up elsewhere in the Supplement. The formation has a strength of two cruisers, a depot ship and eleven destroyers.[13]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruisers
Skirmisher Forward
Depot Ship
St. George
30 Knotters
Albatross Avon Earnest Panther Quail Ranger Seal
  Thrasher Violet   Vixen Wolf

April, 1915

Derwent and Eden have joined from the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla and Forward has left to join that formation. Ranger has been dropped; she would be assigned to the Portsmouth Local Defence Flotilla in July. The formation has a strength of one cruiser, a depot ship and twelve destroyers.[14][15][16]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruiser
Skirmisher
Depot Ship
St. George
30 Knotters
Albatross Avon Derwent Earnest Eden Panther
Quail Seal Thrasher Violet Vixen Wolf

This roster would apply until June.[17]

June, 1915

Skirmisher has left to join the Sixth Light Cruiser Squadron. The formation is now a depot ship and twelve destroyers.[18]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Depot Ship
St. George
30 Knotters
Albatross Avon Derwent Earnest Eden Panther
Quail Seal Thrasher Violet Vixen Wolf

This roster would apply until September.[19]

September, 1915

Derwent and Eden have left to join the Portsmouth Local Defence Flotilla. scout cruiser Patrol has joined from the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla and brought with her "River" class destroyers Doon, Itchen, Kale, Moy, Ness, Nith, Ouse, Stour and Test. The formation is now a flotilla cruiser, a depot ship and nineteen destroyers.[20][21]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Depot Ship
St. George
Destroyers
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen
Wolf

October, 1915

Waveney has joined, recently of the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla.[22]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Depot Ship
St. George
Destroyers
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen
Waveney Wolf

November, 1915

The destroyers are now tenders to Wallington, as St. George has been sent off, soon to be "in Home Waters or on detached service".[23][24]

Patrol Flotilla in Home and Atlantic Waters
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen
Waveney Wolf

This roster would apply until January, 1916.[25]

January, 1916

The flotilla is now part of the East Coast of England station. Albatross has been dropped for unknown reason, destined to reappear here in May.[26][27]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen
Waveney Wolf

February, 1916

Nith has been dropped, but would return the next month.[28]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale Moy
Ness Ouse Panther Quail Seal Stour
Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney Wolf

March, 1916

Nith has returned, but Ness has gone missing. She would return the next month.[29]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale Moy
Nith Ouse Panther Quail Seal Stour
Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney Wolf

April, 1916

Ness has returned, bringing the strength to nineteen destroyers.[30]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale Moy
Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail Seal
Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney
Wolf

May, 1916

Albatross has returned. Test and Violet have left for a single month hiatus, reducing strength to one flotilla cruiser and eighteen destroyers.[31]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Stour Thrasher Vixen Waveney Wolf

June, 1916

Stour has left, destined to return in August, reducing strength to one flotilla cruiser and seventeen destroyers.[32]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Thrasher Vixen Waveney Wolf

July, 1916

Panther has left, but Test and Violet have returned, bringing the strength to one flotilla cruiser and eighteen destroyers.[33]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Quail Seal
Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney Wolf

August, 1916

Stour has returned, bringing the strength to one flotilla cruiser and nineteen destroyers.[34]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Quail Seal
Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney
Wolf

September, 1916

Avon has left and Panther has returned, leaving the strength as one flotilla cruiser and nineteen destroyers.[35]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Doon Earnest Itchen Kale Moy
Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail Seal
Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney
Wolf

This roster would apply until January, 1917.[36]

January, 1917

Avon has returned, bringing the strength to one flotilla cruiser and twenty destroyers.[37]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Panther Quail
Seal Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen
Waveney Wolf

This roster would last until February or March.[38]

March, 1917

Panther has been dropped until July, reducing the strength to one flotilla cruiser and nineteen destroyers.[39][40]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Quail Seal
Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney
Wolf

April, 1917

Seal has dropped until June. From the Ninth Destroyer Flotilla, Lawford and Lysander have joined with Legion and Loyal to follow "shortly". This brings the strength to one flotilla cruiser and twenty-two destroyers.[41][42]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Doon Earnest Itchen Kale
Lawford Legion* Loyal* Lysander
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Quail Stour
Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney Wolf

May, 1917

Doon has been dropped, eventually to reappear in July in the East Coast Convoy Flotilla. Legion is gone, if indeed she ever actually arrived. Oddly, she would join in July! On the other hand, Loyal has arrived. The flotilla remains as one flotilla cruiser and twenty-one destroyers.[43][44]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Earnest Itchen Kale
Lawford Loyal Lysander
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Quail Stour
Test Thrasher Violet Vixen Waveney Wolf

June, 1917

Seal has rejoined. Ouse and Panther have left.[45]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Earnest Itchen Kale Lawford
Loyal Lysander Moy Ness Nith Quail
Seal Stour Test Thrasher Violet Vixen
Waveney Wolf

July, 1917

The flotilla has sloughed off twelve of its destroyers to the newly instituted East Coast Convoy Flotilla this month, which also falls under East Coast of England Station and which we will treat as part of this formation in light of its single mention this month. Nine destroyers have also joined: Bat, Fairy, Flying Fish and Osprey from the Grand Fleet, and Express, Ostrich, Peterel and Vigilant from the Firth of Forth Local Defence Flotilla. Legion and Doon have rejoined and Ferret has joined the reduced flotilla, recently of the First Destroyer Flotilla. The formation is now twenty-two destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[46][47][48]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Avon Ferret Legion Lawford
Loyal Lysander Panther Seal Thrasher
East Coast Convoy Flotilla, tenders to Wallington
Bat Doon Earnest Express Fairy
Flying Fish Itchen Kale Moy Ness
Nith Osprey Ostrich Peterel Quail
Stour Test Vigilant Violet Vixen
Waveney

August, 1917

Boyne has joined from the Devonport Local Defence Flotilla, Dee from the Mersey Local Defence Flotilla, and Stag from the Firth of Forth Local Defence Flotilla. Star has joined, recently attached to the Grand Fleet and former units Ouse and Panther have rejoined. Four destroyers have been converted to a minelaying configuration. The formation is now thirty-three destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[49][50][51]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Bat Boyne Dee Doon Earnest
Express Fairy Flying Fish Kale Moy Ness
Nith Osprey Ostrich Ouse Panther Peterel
Quail Seal Stag Star Stour Test
Thrasher Vigilant Violet Vixen Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ferret Legion Lawford Loyal

September, 1917

Earnest, Panther, Seal, Thrasher, Violet and Vixen have left to join the Nore Local Defence Flotilla and eight destroyers have arrived: Cherwell, Exe, Liffey, Rother, Swale, Teviot and Ure from Portsmouth Escort Flotilla and Garry, recently of the Northern Division of the Ireland Station. The formation is now thirty-five destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[52][53]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Bat Boyne Cherwell Dee Doon
Exe Express Fairy Flying Fish Garry Kale
Liffey Moy Ness Nith Osprey Ostrich
Ouse Peterel Quail Rother Stag Star
Stour Swale Test Teviot Ure Vigilant
Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ferret Legion Lawford Loyal

October, 1917

Loyal has left to join the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla in Devonport, possibly being removed from her minelaying configuration,[Inference] replaced by Ariel from that formation who is now also fitted for minelaying.

Arun has joined, belated joining her siblings from the Portsmouth Escort Flotilla. Ostrich has left to become, oddly, the sole destroyer under Captain-in-Charge, Lowestoft, to help him keep three small vessels and a monitor in order. The formation's strength is thirty-five destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[54][55]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Albatross Arun Bat Boyne Cherwell Dee
Doon Exe Express Fairy Flying Fish Garry
Kale Liffey Moy Ness Nith Osprey
Ouse Peterel Quail Rother Stag Star
Stour Swale Test Teviot Ure Vigilant
Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ariel Ferret Legion Lawford

November, 1917

Albatross has left to serve under Captain-in-Charge, Lowestoft. Fairy has been dropped, to reappear here in March 1918. Ure has gone, to reappear briefly here in January 1918. The formation's strength is thirty-one destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[56][57][58]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arun Bat Boyne Cherwell Dee Doon
Exe Express Flying Fish Garry Kale Liffey
Moy Ness Nith Osprey Ouse Peterel
Quail Rother Stag Star Stour Swale
Test Teviot Vigilant Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ariel Ferret Legion Lawford

December, 1917

Express and Osprey have left, to become tenders to Thetis in the Northern Division of the Ireland Station. Ettrick has joined, having last been spotted back in July in Portsmouth Escort Flotilla. The formation's strength is thirty-one destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[59][60]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arun Bat Boyne Cherwell Dee Doon
Ettrick Exe Flying Fish Garry Kale Liffey
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Rother Stag Star Stour Swale Test
Teviot Vigilant Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ariel Ferret Legion Lawford

January, 1918

Exe has disappeared, to return in March. Vigilant has left to become the sole destroyer and seemingly the heavy punch of the Portland Local Defence Flotilla, and Ure has returned. The formation's strength is thirty destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[61][62]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arun Bat Boyne Cherwell Dee Doon
Ettrick Flying Fish Garry Kale Liffey
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Rother Stag Star Stour Swale Test
Teviot Ure Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ariel Ferret Legion Lawford

February, 1918

Arun, Cherwell, Ettrick, Liffey, Rother, Swale, Teviot and Ure have left to embody the First Destroyer Flotilla at Portsmouth. Stag has gone to join the Firth of Forth Local Defence Flotilla. Lawford has left to join the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla at Devonport, and been replaced by Sandfly as a minelaying destroyer. The formation's strength is twenty-one destroyers and a flotilla cruiser.[63]

Under Rear-Admiral commanding the East Coast of England
Flotilla Cruiser
Patrol
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Bat Boyne Dee Doon Flying Fish Garry
Kale Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel
Quail Star Stour Test Waveney
Minelaying Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Ariel Ferret Legion Sandfly

March, 1918

The flotilla has been joined by the Twentieth Destroyer Flotilla and has lost its flotilla cruiser Patrol, which has gone to be a convoy leader in the Methil Convoy Flotilla out of the Firth of Forth. The minelaying destroyers have all gone to the Twentieth, with Legion and Sandfly paying off in so doing. Crane and Fawn have joined from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla of the Dover Patrol and recently attached destroyers Exe and Fairy have rejoined. The formation's strength is twenty-one destroyers.[64][65]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Bat Boyne Crane Dee Doon Exe Fairy
Fawn Flying Fish Garry Kale Moy Ness Nith
Ouse Peterel Quail Star Stour Test Waveney

Kale was lost to a mine on 27 March.[66]

April, 1918

Exe has paid off. Kale has been dropped, owing to her recent loss; she has been replaced by Greyhound from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla. The formation's strength is twenty-one destroyers.[67][68]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Bat Boyne Crane Dee Doon Exe* Fairy
Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound Moy Ness Nith
Ouse Peterel Quail Star Stour Test Waveney

May, 1918

Exe remains paid off. Arab, Bullfinch, Leopard, Locust and Sylvia have joined from the Methil Convoy Flotilla at the Firth of Forth, with Bullfinch and Leopard being no longer paid off in making the move. The formation's strength is twenty-six destroyers.[69][70]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee Doon
Exe* Fairy Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound Leopard
Locust Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Star Stour Sylvia Test Waveney

Fairy would founder after ramming UC 75 on 31 May.[71]

June, 1918

Exe remains paid off, and is now joined by Dee and Waveney. Fairy has been removed, as she has been lost. The formation's strength is twenty-five destroyers.[72]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee* Doon
Exe* Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound Leopard Locust
Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail Star
Stour Sylvia Test Waveney*

July, 1918

Finally, the persistently large size of this formation warrants the arrival of a Captain (D) in the yacht Oriflamme. Exe remains paid off, but Dee and Waveney no longer seem to be. Mermaid has joined from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla. The formation's strength is now twenty-six destroyers and a yacht.[73][74]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Oriflamme
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee Doon
Exe* Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound Leopard Locust
Mermaid Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Star Stour Sylvia Test Waveney

August, 1918

Exe is no longer paid off, but Greyhound is. The formation's strength is still twenty-six destroyers and a yacht.[75]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Oriflamme
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee Doon
Exe Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound* Leopard Locust
Mermaid Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Star Stour Sylvia Test Waveney

October, 1918

Greyhound remains paid off, and has been joined by Doon and Waveney. The yacht Wallington has replaced Oriflamme, which has gone to undiscovered work. The formation's strength is still twenty-six destroyers and a yacht.[76]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Wallington
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee Doon*
Exe Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound* Leopard Locust
Mermaid Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Star Stour Sylvia Test Waveney*

November, 1918

Greyhound remains paid off, but Doon and Waveney no longer are marked as being so, which seems suspicious, as they will again be in the coming month. Dee is marked as "detached", though she is still listed as a member. The formation's strength is still twenty-six destroyers and a yacht.[77]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Wallington
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee* Doon
Exe Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound* Leopard Locust
Mermaid Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Star Stour Sylvia Test Waveney

December, 1918

Greyhound remains paid off, and Doon and Waveney have joined her again. Dee is no longer marked as "detached". The formation's strength is still twenty-six destroyers and a yacht.[78]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Wallington
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee Doon*
Exe Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound* Leopard Locust
Mermaid Moy Ness Nith Ouse Peterel Quail
Star Stour Sylvia Test Waveney*

January, 1919

Greyhound remains paid off. Ettrick and Ure have joined from the First Destroyer Flotilla and are no longer paid off. Doon, Moy and Ness have been removed and are now "temporarily" at the Nore. Waveney has been removed and is seemingly nowhere to be found. The formation's strength is now twenty-four destroyers and a yacht.[79][80]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Wallington
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Arab Bat Boyne Bullfinch Crane Dee
Ettrick Exe Fawn Flying Fish Garry Greyhound*
Leopard Locust Mermaid Nith Ouse Peterel
Quail Star Stour Sylvia Test Ure

February, 1919

Greyhound remains paid off. Afridi Cossack Saracen Viking and Zubian have joined from the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla. Bat, Boyne, Ettrick, Exe, Flying Fish, Nith, Peterel, Stour, Test and Ure have all been removed, sent "temporarily" to the Nore, The formation's strength is now nineteen destroyers and a yacht.[81][82]

East Coast Forces, based in the Humber
Yacht, Captain (D)
Wallington
Destroyers, tenders to Wallington
Afridi Arab Bullfinch Cossack Crane Dee
Fawn Garry Greyhound* Leopard Locust Mermaid
Ouse Quail Saracen Star Sylvia Viking
Zubian

March, 1919

The formation as it was is essentially disbanded and a new Seventh Flotilla for the post-war navy is crafted from a pair of leaders and 16 ultra-modern destroyers. The formation's strength is now two flotilla leaders, sixteen destroyers and a depot ship due "shortly" (as also was Serapis).[83]

Supporting the Grand Fleet
one of seven modern flotillas
Flotilla Leader, Captain (D)
Bruce
Division Leader
Douglas
Depot Ship
Diligence*
Destroyers
Sabre Seafire Searcher Somme Splendid Scimitar
Scythe Seabear Sepoy Sirdar Sparrowhawk Serapis*
  Trinidad Scout Scotsman Simoom

[TO BE CONTINUED - TONE]

In Command

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. Wireless Appendix, p. 7.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 87.
  3. March. British Destroyers. p. 160.
  4. "Torpedo Flotilla Organization" The Times (London, England), Saturday, Apr 06, 1912; pg. 4; Issue 39866.
  5. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. p. 36.
  6. Printed page "Fleets and Squadrons in Commission at Home and Abroad" in Albert Francis Barclay Bridges papers at The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. [BRG 1/1]
  7. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September 1914). p. 12.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 12.
  9. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September 1914). p. 12.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 12.
  11. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 12.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1915). p. 15.
  13. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1915). p. 12.
  14. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1915). p. 12.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 12.
  16. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1915). p. 17.
  17. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1915). p. 15.
  18. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1915). p. 16.
  19. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1915). p. 16 and Supplements through September.
  20. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1915). pp. 16, 17.
  21. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1915). p. 16.
  22. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 16.
  23. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1915). p. 16.
  24. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1915). p. 14.
  25. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1915). p. 16.
  26. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1916). p. 16.
  27. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1916). p. 16.
  28. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1916). p. 16.
  29. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1916). p. 16.
  30. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1916). p. 16.
  31. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1916). p. 16.
  32. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1916). p. 16.
  33. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1916). p. 16.
  34. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1916). p. 16.
  35. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1916). p. 16.
  36. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 16 and Supplements through January 1917.
  37. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1917). p. 16.
  38. No Supplement was printed for February, 1917.
  39. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1917). p. 16.
  40. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 16.
  41. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1917). p. 16.
  42. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1917). p. 16.
  43. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1917). p. 16.
  44. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 16.
  45. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1917). p. 16.
  46. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 16.
  47. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1917). p. 14.
  48. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1917). pp. 12, 17.
  49. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 16.
  50. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 18.
  51. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1917). p. 12.
  52. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1917). pp. 16, 18.
  53. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1917). pp. 14, 17.
  54. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1917). pp. 14, 16.
  55. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1917). p. 14.
  56. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1917). pp. 14, 16.
  57. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). pp. 15, 16.
  58. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1918). p. 16.
  59. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1917). pp. 14, 16, 17.
  60. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 14.
  61. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1918). pp. 16, 18.
  62. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 15.
  63. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1918). p. 14, 16, 18.
  64. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 15.
  65. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1918). p. 15.
  66. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 69.
  67. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1918). p. 15.
  68. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 14.
  69. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1918). p. 15.
  70. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 14.
  71. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  72. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 15.
  73. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1918). p. 15.
  74. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 14.
  75. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (August, 1918). p. 15.
  76. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1918). p. 15.
  77. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). p. 15.
  78. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 15.
  79. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1919). pp. 15, 19.
  80. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 16.
  81. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1919). pp. 15, 19.
  82. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1918). p. 14.
  83. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 11.
  84. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 11 November, 1911. Issue 39740, col B, p. 13.
  85. St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/83. f. 90.
  86. St. John Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/83. f. 90.
  87. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
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  89. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  90. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  91. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  92. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  93. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  94. Godfrey Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/235. f. 235.
  95. Godfrey Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/235. f. 235.
  96. Walwyn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/24. f. 24.
  97. Robinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 281.
  98. Robinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 281.
  99. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 269.
  100. Mackinnon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/228. f. 232.
  101. Crabbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/168. f. 169.
  102. Crabbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/168. f. 169.
  103. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  104. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  105. Crabbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/168. f. 169.
  106. Crabbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/168. f. 169.
  107. Legge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/170. f. 574.
  108. Legge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/170. f. 574.
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  110. Beckett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55/100. f. 100.
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See Also



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