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HMS Glorious - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Glorious

Name : HMS Glorious
Laid Down : 1st May 1915
Launched : 20th April 1916
Completed : 14th October 1916
Type : Cruiser
Class : Courageous
Builder : Harland and Wolff
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Converted to aircraft carrier in 1930.
Later became : HMS Glorious

HMS Glorious started life as a light battle-cruiser. Laid down on the 1st May 1915 at the Harland and Wolff shipyards. She was launched on the 20th April 1916 and completed on the 14th October 1916. This Battle Cruiser only saw one action during world war one at Heligoland Bight on the 17th of November 1917. It was then that a weakness to the ships decking was found when HMS Glorious had fired its main armament of four 15-inch guns (mounted in pairs) one pair forward and pair aft. The firing actually caused the structural damage. Probably due to this weakness HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous were placed in the Royal naval reserve fleet in February 1919, at Devonport, Plymouth. An interesting fact, was that there main armament of 15inch guns were stored and finally re used for the last battleship of the Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard, HMS Glorious four 15-inch guns were mounted aft, and Courageous guns mounted forward on HMS Vanguard.

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HMS Glorious, 1917.


HMS Glorious, 1919.


HMS Glorious circa 1920.

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The battleships HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious with a K class submarine on far right of picture.

Timeline Entries :


20th May 1916 - Launched at Harland & Wolff's yard in Belfast
5th May 1918 - In collision with HMS Campania and HMS Royal Oak in the Firth of Forth.
1st June 1920 - Commenced refit at Plymouth
1924 - Pennant Number 77
1924 - Converted To Carrier

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Last edited : 16:32, October 12, 2012
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First Added : 12:02, December 7, 2010
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