Charles Tibbits

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Charles Tibbits, C.B.E., M.V.O., (19 June, 1872 – 13 October, 1947) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Tibbits gained a full 18 months on passing out of Britannia in July, 1887. He was appointed to the Bellerophon on 30 July, 1887 and would stay in her through May, 1890.[1]

Tibbits was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1893.[2]

Lieutenant Tibbits was appointed to command the destroyer Bat on 3 August, 1897,[3] but this was cancelled in favour of the same posting in Shark.[4]

On 31 October, 1899 the Admiralty agreed that damage to the propellor of Swordfish was due to an error on Tibbits's part.[5]

Tibbits was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1905.[6]

The Admiralty expressed severe displeasure at unsatisfactory results in a gunlaying competition, finding that Tibbits had neglected proper training.[7]

As a Commander, Tibbits was appointed in command of the Argonaut, which was to train stokers in Portsmouth, on 1 January 1913.[8]

Tibbits was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1913.[9]

Great War

Days after the outbreak of war, Tibbits was appointed in command of the armed merchant cruiser Mantua. He grounded the armed merchant cruiser Mantua on 26-7 April, 1915 and was asked to exercise greater caution in future.[10]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Albion on 25 October, 1916 and assumed command on 8 November.

Post-War

Tibbits was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 23 May, 1924 and was placed on the Retired List at his own request the next day.[11]

Tibbits was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 24 March, 1929.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ernest C. T. Troubridge
Captain of H.M.S. Shark
10 Aug, 1897[13] – 24 Aug, 1897[14]
Succeeded by
Godfrey E. Corbett
Preceded by
Murray F. Sueter
Captain of H.M.S. Fame
24 Aug, 1897[15]
Succeeded by
Roger J. B. Keyes
Preceded by
Cecil H. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Contest
25 Aug, 1899[16][17] – 2 Sep, 1899[18]
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Norton
Preceded by
Alan C. Bruce
Captain of H.M.S. Swordfish
2 Sep, 1899[19] – 7 Nov, 1899[20]
Succeeded by
John W. E. Townsend
Preceded by
John Michael de Robeck
Captain of H.M.S. Angler
2 Sep, 1899[21][22] – 5 Sep, 1900[23]
Succeeded by
Philip J. Stopford
Preceded by
The Hon. George A. Hardinge
Captain of H.M.S. Rattler
14 Feb, 1901[24][25] – 19 Sep, 1903[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
William Sims
Captain of H.M.S. Leda
12 Jan, 1904[27][28] – 18 Jul, 1905[29]
Succeeded by
John B. Hancock
Preceded by
William Cadman
Captain of H.M.S. Blackwater
23 Jan, 1906[30] – 1906[31]
Succeeded by
John E. Cameron
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Saracen
18 Jun, 1909[32][33] – 2 Feb, 1910[34]
Succeeded by
James W. G. Innes
Preceded by
Fawcet Wray
Captain of H.M.S. Foresight
2 Feb, 1910[35][36] – 14 Jun, 1912[37]
Succeeded by
Herbert N. Garnett
Preceded by
William N. England
Captain of H.M.S. Renown
14 Jun, 1912[38][39] – Jan, 1913[40]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John Nicholas
Captain of H.M.S. Argonaut
1 Jan, 1913[41][42] – 30 Jun, 1913[43]
Succeeded by
Hugh Gaultier-Coghill Somerville
Preceded by
Hugh Gaultier-Coghill Somerville
Captain of H.M.S. Spartiate
30 Jun, 1913[44] – 1913[45]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Charles H. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Ariadne
1913[46] – 8 Jan, 1914[47]
Succeeded by
Herbert MacI. Edwards
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Mantua
4 Aug, 1914[48][49] – 12 Aug, 1916[50]
Succeeded by
Guy M. Marston
Preceded by
Frederick A. Powlett
Captain of H.M.S. Albion
25 Oct, 1916[51][52] – 14 Dec, 1916[53]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Stanhope Hawke
Preceded by
Alexander Farrington
Captain of H.M.S. Cyclops
14 Dec, 1916[54][55] – 7 Mar, 1919[56]
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Henry L. Bethune
Captain of H.M.S. Victorious
7 Mar, 1919[57][58] – 13 Apr, 1920[59]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  2. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 5 August, 1897. Issue 35274, col D, p. 11.
  4. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  5. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  6. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  7. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 279.
  9. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  10. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  11. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  12. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  13. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243 f. 268.
  14. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243 f. 268.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 249.
  16. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  17. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Wednesday, 9 August, 1899. Issue 35903, col D, p. 4.
  18. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  19. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  20. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  21. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  22. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 224.
  23. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  24. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  25. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 297a.
  26. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  27. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 339.
  29. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  30. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  31. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  32. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  33. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 372.
  34. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  35. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  36. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 316.
  37. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  38. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  39. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 366.
  40. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  41. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  42. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 279.
  43. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  44. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  45. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  46. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  47. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  48. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  49. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401p.
  50. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  51. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  52. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392.
  53. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  54. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  55. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 772.
  56. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  57. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.
  58. The Navy List. (July, 1919). p. 928.
  59. Tibbits Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/243. f. 268.