H.M.S. Hibernia (1905)

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H.M.S. Hibernia (1905)
Pendant Number: 60 (1914)
70 (Jan 1918)
N.66 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Devonport Royal Dockyard[2]
Ordered: 1903-04 Programme[3]
Laid down: 6 Jan, 1904[4]
Launched: 17 Jun, 1905[5]
Commissioned: 2 Jan, 1907
Sold: 8 Nov, 1921[6]
Fate: Scrapped

H.M.S. Hibernia was the one of eight King Edward VII class battleships completed between 1905 and 1907. Her service in the Great War was primarily fulfilled with a shifting roster of her sisters in the Third Battle Squadron, often serving as the second flagship within the formation.

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Service

As part of the Channel Fleet, Hibernia started a refit on 24 February 1908. She was due to emerge on 29 April.[7]

Upon the formation of the Third Battle Squadron in May, 1912, Hibernia was made its second flagship, a role she would play until detached for service with the Mediterranean Fleet in December, 1915.

She returned to 3BS in February, 1916, though she was not again made her second flagship until June, 1916. As the need for such a quaint Squadron grew more tenuous, motion to disband 3BS commenced with Hibernia being stripped of her flagship role in October, 1917 before being detached outright for operation "in Home Waters or on detached service."[8]

Hibernia was one of four old battleships made into accommodation ships in Chatham-Sheerness in March, 1918.[9] She was still serving in this capacity when she was paid off in July, 1919.[10]

Radio

At the end of 1909, she was to receive one of eleven Short Distance Radio Sets, to be installed at her next refit behind armour near the fore bridge, intended to supplant flag signaling.[11] In mid-1913, this gear was redesignated as Type 3.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 38.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 38.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 31.
  7. 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.
  8. See Third Battle Squadron (Royal Navy) for details on her service in 3BS.
  9. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 19.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1919). p. 20.
  11. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1909. Wireless Appendix, p. 25.
  12. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 306 of 20 June, 1913.
  13. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 279.
  14. The Navy List (October, 1908). p. 327.
  15. Ley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 74.
  16. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 17 September, 1909. Issue 39067, col C, p. 10.
  17. Luce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 79.
  18. Grafton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 215.
  19. Sinclair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 368.
  20. The Navy List (April, 1913). p. 325.
  21. The Navy List (December, 1914). p. 330.
  22. The Navy List (October, 1915). p. 394o.
  23. Beaty-Pownall Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 235.
  24. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 912a.

Bibliography

See Also


King Edward VII Class Pre-dreadnought
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