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HMS Bulwark - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Bulwark

Name : HMS Bulwark
Laid Down : 20th March 1899
Launched : 18th October 1899
Completed : 11th March 1902
Type : Battleship
Class : Formidable
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
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Fate : Exploded 26th November 1914.

Royal Navy battleship HMS Bulwark was commissioned at Devonport, Plymouth on 18th March 1907. She was intended to become the flagship for the Mediterranean Fleet but due to a long refit she became the flagship to the Home Fleet instead. In October 1907 she became grounded and received some damage requiring repairs. In August 1908, she joined the Channel Fleet and then Home Fleet, reduced to the Reserve in March 1910 but was recommissioned in 1912 to join the 5th Battle Squadron. From the outbreak of World War I she carried out Channel patrol duty and on the 26th November 1914 while loading ammunition at Sheerness, she was destroyed by a huge explosion, probably caused by black powder charges being mishandled, only 12 men survived. Armament: four 12 inch guns in pairs, twelve 6 inch guns singles, sixteen 12 pdr guns, two 12 pdr guns, six 3 pdr guns, two maxims and four torpedo tubes. Length: 400ft Displacement: 15,000 tons. Speed: 18 knots. Complement: 750 (789 as flagship).

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Timeline Entries :


27th June 1898 - Ordered
20th March 1899 - Laid down at Devonport Dockyard
18th October 1899 - Launched
18th March 1902 - Commissioned for dervice with the Mediterranean Fleet
1st May 1902 - Assumed Flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet
December 1902 - Mediterranean Fleet
1903 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
5th August 1903 - On Fleet Maneouvres
14th September 1903 - Flagship of Admiral Sir Compton Domvile
14th September 1903 - Anchored off Rosas
5th October 1903 - Commenced Fleet Maneouvres
13th October 1903 - Flagship of Admiral Sir C.E. Domvile
13th October 1903 - Captain F.T. Hamilton in Command
13th October 1903 - Sailed Malta for Corfu
1904 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
29th October 1904 - Arrived Malta from Corfu
29th October 1904 - Flagship of Sir Compton Domvile
1905 - Mediterranean Fleet
1905 - Commenced refit at Malta
1906 - Completed refit at Malta
1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
June 1906 - Flag of Admiral Lord Beresford
June 1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
1907 - Mediterranean Fleet
1907 - Commenced refit at Chatham Dockyard
11th February 1907 - Paid off at Plymouth
12th February 1907 - Recommissioned as Flagship of Rear Admiral, Nore Division, Home Fleet, at the Nore
3rd August 1907 - Fleet review Spithead
6th August 1907 - On Home Fleet Exercises
26th October 1907 - Grounded near Lemon Light in the North Sea
27th October 1907 - Arrived Sheerness
27th October 1907 - Flagship of Rear Admiral F. Finnis
27th October 1907 - Capt B.M. Chambers in Command
1908 - Completed refit at Chatham Dockyard
3rd October 1908 - Joined the Channel Fleet
1909 - Channel Fleet
1909 - Commenced refit
April 1909 - 1st Battle Squadron, 1st Division, Home Fleet
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
2nd August 1909 - Anchored at Spithead
1st March 1910 - Commissioned into the reserve at Devonport
1st March 1910 - Assumed Flagship, Vice Admiral, 3rd and 4th Divisions, Home Fleet, at the Nore
27th July 1910 - Arrived back at Torquay after Naval Review
27th July 1910 - Sailed Torquay for Naval Review
23rd June 1911 - At Spithead for Fleet Review
September 1911 - Commenced refit at Chatham Dockyard
May 1912 - Grounded twice on Barrow Deep off the Nore during refit trials
June 1912 - Completed refit at Chatham Dockyard
June 1912 - Recommissioned at Chatham and joined the 5th Battle Squadron
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
25th February 1913 - Sailed Portsmouth for exercises in the Irish Sea
28th February 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
4th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
6th March 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
7th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
17th March 1913 - Arrived Portsmouth
8th August 1914 - 5th Battle Squadron in Home Waters
26th November 1914 - Destroyed by an internal explosion whilst moored at Sheerness
26th November 1914 - Blown Up

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Last edited : 14:38, October 12, 2012
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First Added : 11:20, January 19, 2011
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