H.M.S. Royal Oak (1892)

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H.M.S. Royal Oak (1892)
Builder: Laird, Birkenhead[1]
Ordered: Naval Defence Act of 1889[2]
Laid down: 29 May, 1890[3]
Launched: 5 Nov, 1892[4]
Completed: Jun, 1894[5]
Commissioned: 14 Jan, 1896[6]
Sold: 1914[7]
Fate: Scrapped

H.M.S. Royal Oak was one of eight Royal Sovereign class battleships completed for the Royal Navy in 1893-94. She was sold shortly before the Great War, and a modern dreadnought-type battleship was launched in that same year.

Service

Royal Oak completed her fitting out under the direction of Commander (N) Robert N. Ommanney.[8]

In October – November 1898, the ship became one of the first in the Royal Navy to receive torpedoes fitted for gyroscopes, drawn from the Portsmouth Depot. Though there were four torpedoes, only two gyros were initially supplied:[9]

As of 1901, while serving in the Mediterranean, she was slated to receive a "1 to 52" W/T set.[10]

On 20 August, 1913, the ship left Devonport in tow of the dreadnought Bellerophon for the Motherbank to await disposal.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 32.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 32.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 32.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 32.
  5. Burt. British Battleships: 1889-1904. p. 73.
  6. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 258.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 32.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 251.
  9. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1898. p. 42.
  10. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, 21 August, 1913. Issue 40296, col F, p. 8.
  12. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 257.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 292.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 300.
  15. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 522.
  16. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 522.
  17. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 300a.
  18. Rolleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/365. ff. 1118, 1121.
  19. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  20. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  21. Pelham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1025.
  22. Pelham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1025.
  23. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 13 July, 1905. Issue 37758, col D, p. 10.
  24. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  25. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 369.
  26. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 369.
  27. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.
  28. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 369.
  29. Smyth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/287. ff. 227, 287.

Bibliography


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