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HMS Inflexible - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Inflexible

Name : HMS Inflexible
Laid Down : 5th February 1906
Launched : 20th June 1907
Completed : 20th October 1908
Type : Battleship
Class : Invincible
Builder : John Brown
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 5th ship with this name.
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Fate : Sold 1st December 1921

The fifth “INFLEXIBLE” is a 24-gun turbine battle cruiser, launched at Clydebank in 1907. She is of 17,250 tons, 41,000 horse-power, and 26 knots speed. Her length, beam, and draught were 539ft., 78ft.,and 26ft. On September 1st, 1909, the “Inflexible,” while commanded by Captain Henry H. Torlesse, hoisted the Union Flag Admiral of the fleet Sir Edward Hobart Seymour. She thus became the first steam man-of-war to carry the Union of an Admiral of the fleet. The last occasion of a union being hoisted at sea was when H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence (afterwards H.M. King William IV.) did so in 1814, to receive the allied squadrons at Spithead, on the occasion of Napoleon going to Elba. On the day that the “Inflexible” left Portsmouth the unusual sight was witnessed of a ship with two Union Flags flying. That at the fore was the usual signal for a man-of-war leaving harbour, while the union flag of the Admiral of the fleet was being displayed at the main. The battle cruiser proceeded to New York where the cruisers “Drake,” which was flying the flag of Rear-Admiral F.T. Hamilton, “Duke of Edinburgh,” and “Argyll” joined the union. The Admiral of the fleet was the representative of the British Nation at the Hudson-Fulton centenary celebrations, instituted by the state of New York in honour of the tercentenary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the River Hudson and the practical centenary (really 102 years) of Robert Fulton’s launching the first steamer on that river. The Admiral of the fleet, returning to England in the “Inflexible,” struck his Union flag on October 19th, 1909.

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HMS Inflexible, 1909.


HMS Inflexible in dock, 1915.


HMS Inflexible.


Alice of HMS Inflexible.


Some of the Crew of HMS Inflexible photographed 1912.

Timeline Entries :


5th February 1906 - Laid down at Clydebank
5th February 1906 - Laid down at Clydebank
26th June 1907 - Launched
October 1908 - Completed
April 1909 - 1st Cruiser Squadron, 1st Division, Home Fleet
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
17th July 1909 - Thames Review
1st August 1909 - Anchored in Sandown Bay
2nd August 1909 - Sailed Sandown Bay to escort the Emperor of Russia to Cowes
27th July 1910 - Arrived back at Torquay after Naval Review
27th July 1910 - Sailed Torquay for Naval Review
15th November 1910 - At Portland for Home Fleet Regatta
23rd June 1911 - At Spithead for Fleet Review
3rd February 1912 - At Spithead for the arrival of the King and Queen
3rd February 1912 - At Spithead for the arrival of the King and Queen
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
8th October 1912 - Arrived Chatham from Cromarty for Refit
8th October 1912 - Capt. R.S. Phipps-Hornby in Command
20th August 1913 - Arrived Philipville
20th August 1913 - Flagship of Admiral Sir A. Berkley Milne
20th August 1913 - Capt. A.N. Loxley in Command
8th August 1914 - 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron
8th December 1914 - Slight damage at the Falklands
8th December 1914 - In the Mediterranean at the outbreak of WWI at Malta
2nd March 1915 - Capt. Phillimore on Command
8th March 1915 - Entered Straights of Gallipoli
8th March 1915 - Entered the straits of Gallipoli
18th March 1915 - Damaged at the Dardanelles by mines
May 1915 - Mine damage repaired
31st May 1916 - Took part in the Battle of Jutland
31st May 1916 - Capt. E.H.F. Heaton-Ellis in Command
June 1916 - 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron
5th June 1916 - Arrived in the Forth
January 1919 - To reserve
12th March 1919 - Capt. J.R.P. Hawkaley in Command
13th March 1919 - Capt E.W. Denison in Command
19th March 1919 - At Sheerness
19th March 1919 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral H.L. Mawbey
14th February 1920 - Capt E.W. Denison in Command
14th February 1920 - Flagship of Rear-Admiral H.L. Mawbey
14th February 1920 - To be paid off for disposal
March 1920 - Paid Off
31st March 1920 - Capt. E.W. Denison in Command
31st March 1920 - Paid off at Sheerness from the Nore Reserve for disposal
1922 - Sold

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The Gneisenaus desperate fight with the British battle cruisers Invincible and Inflexible.

Invincible and Inflexible Steaming Out of Port Stanley by W L Wyllie.

Invincible and Inflexible in Chase of Von Spees Squadron by W L Wyllie.

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Last edited : 15:26, October 12, 2012
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