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HMS Irresistible - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Irresistible

Name : HMS Irresistible
Laid Down : 11th April 1898
Launched : 15th December 1898
Completed : October 1901
Type : Battleship
Class : Formidable
Builder : Chatham
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Sunk 18th March 1915.

The first vessel to be sent to Gibraltar as a guardship was the Devastation, but her place was to be taken by Irresistible, one of the London class battleships, in 1902. She was an exceedingly powerful vessel, and the Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean would not allow her to remain at the Rock in idleness, but utilised her as an addition to his squadron. The picture shows the Irresistible leaving Portsmouth Harbour, and allows a contrast between her look of stern fighting power with the old time veterans the St Vincent and the Victory and a smart little brig the Martin. 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).

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HMS Irresistible, 1902.


HMS Irresistible

Timeline Entries :


15th December 1898 - Launched
December 1902 - Mediterranean Fleet
1903 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
5th August 1903 - On Fleet Maneouvres
5th August 1903 - Commenced Fleet Maneouvres
13th October 1903 - Sailed Malta for Corfu
1904 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
30th October 1904 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
1st November 1904 - Arrived Palma
15th December 1904 - Capt. S.H. Carden in Command
15th December 1904 - Arrived Malta
1905 - Mediterranean Fleet
1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
June 1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
1907 - Mediterranean Fleet
1908 - Mediterranean Fleet
4th May 1908 - Collided with Schooner
October 1908 - Commenced refit at Malta
1909 - Channel Fleet
April 1909 - 1st Battle Squadron, 1st Division, Home Fleet
April 1909 - Completed refit at Malta
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
14th November 1909 - At Spithead for the arival of the King of Portugal
23rd June 1911 - At Spithead for Fleet Review
3rd February 1912 - At Spithead for the arrival of the King and Queen
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
28th February 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
4th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
6th March 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
7th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
19th March 1913 - Arrived Portsmouth
8th August 1914 - 5th Battle Squadron in Home Waters
28th February 1915 - Sailed Port Said for Tenedos
March 1915 - At Gallipoli
2nd March 1915 - Capt. Dent in Command
8th March 1915 - Entered Straights of Gallipoli
8th March 1915 - Struck by mine
8th March 1915 - Entered the straits of Gallipoli
18th March 1915 - Mined and sunk
18th March 1915 - Mined
18th March 1915 - Sunk at the Dardanelles by mines

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Last edited : 14:36, October 12, 2012
By : DataStream

First Added : 17:16, February 28, 2011
By : kc


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