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HMS Glorious - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Glorious

Name : HMS Glorious
Laid Down :
Launched : 24th February 1930
Completed :
Type : Aircraft Carrier
Class : Courageous
Builder : Harland and Wolff
Country : UK
Pennants : 77
Fate : Converted to Aircraft Carrier, and commissioned 24th February 1930. Sunk 8th June 1940.
Was previously : HMS Glorious

HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous were converted into aircraft carriers after it was discovered that the firing of their main armament was causing structural damage to the ships. HMS Glorious was converted in 1930. An interesting fact, was that their main armament of 15inch guns were stored and finally re used for the last battleship of the Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard. The four 15-inch guns from HMS Glorious were mounted aft, and those from Courageous were mounted forward on HMS Vanguard.

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HMS Glorious, May 1937.


HMS Glorious at Malta 1920s


HMS Glorious


HMS Glorious.


A long shot of the damage caused in the collision.


A close up of the damage to HMS Glorious.


A bow view of the damage to the aircraft carrier.


HMS Glorious with HMS Whitehall in the background.


HMS Glorious after the collision.


Another shot of the damage.


HMS Volunteer helping out after the incident. Taken from SS Florida.


HMS Amazon passing the wrecked bow of HMS Glorious.


The damage to the port bow of SS Florida.


HMS Volunteer on the scene after the collision.


HMS Volunteer rescuing biplane from HMS Glorious.


SS Florida after the collision, showing damage towards the left hand end of the ship, at the port bow.


The damage to HMS Glorious.


HMS Glorious


HMS Glorious (right) and SS Florida interlocked after the collision.


HMS Glorious and SS Florida locked together after the collision.


The damage to the SS Florida.


The damaged bow of HMS Glorious.


SS Florida in harbour after the collision.


SS Florida at Malaga.


The two ships after they were separated, with D63 HMS Gipsy in attendance.

Timeline Entries :


10th March 1930 - Commissioned
11th December 1930 - Arrived Suda Bay
1st April 1931 - In collision with French Liner Florida off Gibraltar
1st April 1931 - Arrived Gibraltar
1st April 1931 - Capt. D.F. Moir in Command
7th January 1932 - Sailed Malta
29th January 1932 - Arrived Malta
4th April 1932 - Sailed St. Tropez for Santa Margharita
5th April 1932 - Arrived Santa Margharita
6th April 1932 - At Santa Margherita
14th April 1932 - Arrived Aranci Bay
14th April 1932 - Arrived Aranci Bay
21st April 1932 - Sailed Aranci Bay
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
22nd April 1932 - Arrived Malta
1st October 1932 - Capt. C. E. Kennedy-Purvis in Command
1st October 1932 - Mediterranean Fleet
6th January 1933 - Recommissioned at Plymouth
6th January 1933 - Capt. C.E. Kennedy-Purvis Assumed Command
28th January 1933 - Arrived Gibraltar and sailed for Malta
7th March 1933 - Sailed Malta for Pollensa Bay
28th March 1933 - Sailed Pollensa for Golfe Juan
30th March 1933 - Arrived Golfe Juan
12th April 1933 - Arrived Ajaccio
13th April 1933 - Arrived Arrived Ajaccio
20th April 1933 - Sailed Ajaccio
20th April 1933 - Arrived Bastia
24th April 1933 - Sailed Ajaccio
24th April 1933 - Sailed Bastia
27th April 1933 - Arrived Malta
27th June 1933 - Sailed Malta
29th June 1933 - Arrived Corfu
4th July 1933 - Sailed Corfu
6th July 1933 - Arrived Sibenik
14th July 1933 - Sailed Sibenik
15th July 1933 - Arrived Trieste
24th July 1933 - Sailed Trieste
25th July 1933 - Arrived Gruz
4th August 1933 - Sailed Gruz
5th August 1933 - Arrived Kotor
5th August 1933 - Arrived Kotor
15th August 1933 - Sailed Kotor
17th August 1933 - Arrived Malta
9th January 1934 - Sailed Malta for cruise
11th January 1934 - Arrived Port Drepano
11th January 1934 - Arrived Port Drepano
11th January 1934 - Capt. G.C.C. Royle in Command
23rd January 1934 - Sailed Port Drepano
3rd March 1934 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
7th April 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar for Malta
11th April 1934 - Arrived Malta
23rd April 1934 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
1st May 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
1st May 1934 - Arrived Plymouth
1st May 1934 - Capt. G.C.C. Royle in Command
16th July 1935 - Attended 1935 Spithead Fleet Review
22nd April 1936 - Arrived Malta
27th July 1936 - Arrived Malta
30th September 1936 - Sailed Malta
3rd October 1936 - Arrived Kavala
14th October 1936 - Sailed Kavala
15th October 1936 - Arrived Phalerum Bay
15th October 1936 - Arrived Phalerum Bay
21st October 1936 - Sailed Phalerum Bay
22nd October 1936 - Arrived Suda Bay
22nd October 1936 - Arrived Suda Bay
22nd October 1936 - Arrived Suda Bay
23rd October 1936 - Arrived Suda Bay
28th October 1936 - Sailed Suda Bay
28th October 1936 - Sailed Suda Bay for Malta
28th October 1936 - Sailed Suda Bay for Malta
30th October 1936 - Arrived Malta
6th March 1937 - Arrived Gibraltar
9th March 1937 - Combined Fleet exercises
26th April 1937 - Sailed Malta for UK
16th July 1937 - Arrived Malta
13th August 1937 - Ordered to return to UK from the Mediterranean for refit
January 1938 - Mediterranean Fleet
27th March 1938 - Arrived Malta
1st August 1938 - Sailed Crickvenika for Argostoli
23rd January 1939 - Sailed Malta for Alexandria
6th March 1939 - Sailed Gibraltar
20th March 1939 - Sailed Gibraltar
24th March 1939 - Arrived Malta
27th July 1939 - Arrived Alexandria
14th August 1939 - Sailed Limasol for Alexandria
3rd September 1939 - At Alexandria
3rd September 1939 - Mediterranean Fleet
9th October 1939 - Exercised off Alexandri
13th October 1939 - At the celebrations of Foundation Day in Freemantle, Western Australia
16th October 1939 - Arrived Socotra
28th October 1939 - In the Indian Ocean
10th November 1939 - Force J. Sailed Aden
23rd November 1939 - At sea in the Aden area
29th December 1939 - Sailed Colombo
29th December 1939 - Sailed Trincomalee
29th December 1939 - Sailed Trincomalee
7th January 1940 - Arrived Aden
9th January 1940 - Arrived Suez
9th January 1940 - Arrived Suez
13th January 1940 - Arrived Alexandria
15th January 1940 - Sailed Alexandria for Malta
17th January 1940 - Arrived Malta for refitting
24th February 1940 - Completed refit at Malta
26th March 1940 - Sailed Malta for flying exercises
8th June 1940 - Sunk by Scharnhorst and Gneisenau

HMS Glorious Artwork Collection
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Carrier Glorious - The Life and Death of an Aircraft Carrier by John Winton.


HMS Glorious by Ivan Berryman.


Engage by Randall Wilson.

Moment of Truth by Keith Woodcock.

Glorious and Furious Riding out a Gale in the Forth by W L Wyllie.

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Last edited : 09:14, September 8, 2011
By : kc

First Added : 12:02, December 7, 2010
By : kc


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