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HMS Formidable |
Laid Down : 21st March 1898
Launched : 17th November 1898
Completed : 10th October 1904
Type : Battleship
Class : Formidable
Builder : Portsmouth
Country : UK
Fate : Sunk 1st January 1915.
MS Formidable served in the Mediterranean Fleet up to April 1908 when she was transferred to the Channel Fleet. She went to Chatham dockyard for refit from August 1909 to April 1909 joining the Home Fleet after refit and then the Atlantic Fleet until May 1912. Reduced to Nucleus crew with the 2nd Fleet at the Nore. Served between 1912-14 with the 5th Battle Squadron and was serving with this squadron at the outbreak of World War I. She was sunk on 1st January 1915 while on Channel patrol off Portland Hill by torpedoes of German U-Boat U-24, losing 547 men from her complement of 780. The ship had sunk quickly during bad weather which caused such a high loss of life. The Squadron were participating in gunnery exercises off Portland. supported by the cruisers HMS Topaze and HMS Diamond. on the night of 31st December after the gunnery exercises the fleet remained at sea, although the activity of submarines int he area would have been expected. but with the wind increasing and making rough sea which would make submarine attacks difficulty. The next day the squadron steaming at 10 Knots and just 20 miles from Star Point, HMS Formidable steaming at the rear of the squadron. at 0220. she is struck by a torpedo on the starboard side, which gave her a list of 20 degress. HMS Formidable is struck again by another torpedo 45 minutes later. the Pinnace and launch along with two other boats get away. (one of the boats capsizes soon after) The two light cruisers manage to pick up 80 men. The formidable remains afloat for two hours until 0445. the ship goes down quickly. it is seen that Captain Loxley is seen on the bridge along with his fox terrier. Near Berry head a Brixham Trawler the Provident , under captain W Piller. pick up the men form the launch before in rough seas it sink. saving 71 men. In total the loss of life of HMS Formidable totls 35 Officers and 512 men. Armament: four 12inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, two 12 pdr guns, six 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims and four torpedo tubes. Displacement: 15,000 tons. Speed: 18 knots. Complement: 780 (flagship 810).
HMS Formidable Photos for Sale
HMS Formidable at Portsmouth, ready for armour plating.
HMS Formidable, 1901.
HMS Formidable, 1901.
Postcard Picture of HMS Formidable
Crew of HMS Formidable after coaling.
Known Crew Details :
Start of Service
End of Service
0th July 1904
0th January 1907
Timeline Entries :
17th November 1898 - Pennant Number 67
17th November 1898 - Launched
1st January 1901 - Commissioned and torpedoed by U-24 while on exercises
3rd December 1901 - Arrived Malta from Gibraltar
3rd December 1901 - Capt. A.W. Chisholm in Command
1902 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
December 1902 - Mediterranean Fleet
1903 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
5th August 1903 - On Fleet Maneouvres
5th October 1903 - Commenced Fleet Maneouvres
13th October 1903 - Sailed Malta for Corfu
1904 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
29th October 1904 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
1905 - Mediterranean Fleet
1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
June 1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
23rd September 1906 - Arrived Spithead
23rd September 1906 - Capt. E.A. Simons in Command
24th September 1906 - Arrived Portsmouth
1st October 1906 - Paid off at Portsmouth
2nd October 1906 - Recommissioned for the Mediterranean
1907 - Mediterranean Fleet
1908 - Mediterranean Fleet
April 1909 - 1st Battle Squadron, 1st Division, Home Fleet
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
18th September 1909 - Sailed Sheerness for St. Catherines Point
23rd June 1911 - At Spithead for Fleet Review
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
25th February 1913 - Refit at Chatham
4th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
6th March 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
7th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
8th August 1914 - 5th Battle Squadron in Home Waters
1st January 1915 - Torpedoed
Database Currently Holds : 6273 ships and 6288 crew!
Last edited : 14:34, October 12, 2012
By : DataStream
First Added : 17:15, February 28, 2011
By : kc
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