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HMS Benbow - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Benbow

Name : HMS Benbow
Laid Down : 1st November 1882
Launched : 15th June 1885
Completed : 14th June 1888
Type : Battleship
Class : Admiral
Builder : Thames Iron Works
Country : UK
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Fate : Scrapped 13th July 1909.

HMS Benbow was completed in 1914, built by Beardmore (launched 12th November 1913). On the 10th of December she joined the Grand Fleet serving with the 4th Battle squadron. She was the flagship to Admiral Douglas Gamble until he was replaced in February 1915 by Sir Doveton Sturdee. During the Battle of Jutland. she suffered no damage. After the war she served from 1919 in the Mediterranean providing Gun fire support to the white Russians in the Black Sea until 1920. She remained in the Mediterranean until 1926 joining the Atlantic fleet for the next three years until 1929 when she was paid off and scrapped in March 1931. Compliment 589. Armament 6 13.5 inch Guns (3 x 2 ) and 12 6-inch Guns . Machinery 4-shaft Turbines, S.H.P 31,000 giving a top speed of 21.25 knots this was reduced to 18 knots with mutilated boiler power. . Displacement 21,250 tons.

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HMS Benbow fitting out, 1888.


HMS Benbow, 1888.


HMS Benbow pictured pre 1896.

Timeline Entries :


1st November 1882 - Laid down at Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
15th June 1885 - Launched
10th June 1888 - Completed
14th June 1888 - Commissioned for the Mediterranean Fleet
1890 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
15th January 1890 - At Gibraltar
7th February 1890 - At Gibraltar
3rd March 1890 - Arrived Malta
9th May 1890 - Sailed Malta for Greece
29th July 1890 - Arrived Malta
4th August 1890 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
12th August 1890 - Arrived Gibraltar from Malta
2nd September 1890 - Arrived Toulon
6th September 1890 - Sailed Toulon
12th October 1890 - Capt. J.M. Casement in Command
12th October 1890 - Paid off at Portsmouth
1891 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
19th January 1891 - Sailed Malta for Suda Bay to relieve HMS Trafalgar
7th February 1891 - Sailed Candia
14th March 1891 - Sailed Athens for Smyrna
25th May 1891 - Arrived Piraeus
25th May 1891 - Capt. Rawson in Command
9th June 1891 - Capt. Rawson in Command
9th June 1891 - Arrived Trieste
6th August 1891 - Sailed Malta for Naples
4th October 1891 - Preparing to be put out of commission at Chatham
24th January 1892 - At Sheerness. Preparing for a further tem in the Mediterreanean
19th July 1892 - Mobilized at Chatham for Fleet Manoeuvres
19th July 1892 - Commissioned at Chatham
21st July 1892 - Assigned for maneouvres. Red Fleet 1st Division
August 1892 - 1892 22nd Aug Benbow Arrived Chatham
August 1892 - 1892 22nd Aug Benbow Capt. H.H. Rawson in Command
7th August 1892 - Commenced Summer Manoeuvres
16th August 1892 - Completed Summer Manoeuvres
19th August 1892 - Capt. A.D. Fanshawe in Command
19th August 1892 - Arrived Sheerness
19th August 1892 - Arrived Sheerness after Manoeuvres
22nd August 1892 - To be paid off into the A Division of the Medway Fleet Reserve
22nd August 1892 - Sailed Sheerness for Chatham
22nd August 1892 - Sailed Sheerness for Chatham
23rd August 1892 - Placed in A Div, Medway Fleet Reserve
15th September 1892 - 1892 15th Sep Benbow Paid off out of Commission into the Medway Fleet Reserve
20th December 1892 - Placed in the A Div. Medway Fleet Reserve for immediate service
11th July 1893 - Capt. Burgess Watson
11th November 1893 - At Chatham
16th July 1896 - Sailed Falmouth Roads
18th July 1896 - Arrived Milford Haven
26th June 1897 - Capt. E. Rooke in Command
26th June 1897 - Fleet Review celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
23rd January 1899 - Arrived in Plymouth Sound
2nd July 1900 - Capt. R.P. Humpage in Command
2nd July 1900 - Arrived Plymouth from Greenock
5th July 1900 - Sailed Plymouth for Torbay
5th July 1900 - Capt. R.P. Humpage
5th July 1900 - Sailed Plymouth for Torbay
7th July 1900 - At Torbay
7th July 1900 - Participated in the Summer Fleet Manoeuvres
1st March 1901 - Arrived Portland
16th August 1902 - Coronation Review at Spithead
16th August 1902 - Capt. F.R. Pelly in Command
5th August 1903 - On Fleet Maneouvres
5th August 1903 - Commenced Fleet Maneouvres
1904 - Home Fleet
13th July 1909 - Sold For Break Up

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