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HMS London - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS London

Name : HMS London
Laid Down : 8th December 1898
Launched : 21st September 1899
Completed : 7th June 1902
Type : Battleship
Class : Formidable
Builder : Portsmouth
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Sold for scrap 4th June 1920.

HMS London served in the Mediterranean during 1906 and returned to the Nore in 1907, becoming flag ship of the Channel Fleet June 1908, and the flag ship to the Atlantic Fleet in 1910. Reduced to the 3rd battle squadron in 1912 but later transferred to the 5th battle squadron for experiments with Sea Planes. During these trials a hydro aeroplane took off from a ramp on board HMS London. During the outbreak of world war one she was used for channel patrols until dispatched to the Dardanelles during the early part of 1915. Transferred to the Adriatic in May 1915, and remained at Taranto until 1917. She returned to Britain for conversion to a minelayer, during refitting her forward 12 inch turret and guns were removed and the after turret was replaced by a 6 inch gun. The conversion enabled HMS London to carry 240 mines. She was placed in reserve until 1919 and broken up June 1920. 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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HMS London, as minelayer, 1917.


HMS London as minelayer, 1917.


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HMS London


HMS London


HMS London.

Timeline Entries :


21st September 1899 - Launched
December 1902 - Mediterranean Fleet
1903 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
5th August 1903 - On Fleet Maneouvres
13th October 1903 - Sailed Malta for Corfu
5th December 1903 - Commenced Fleet Maneouvres
1904 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
29th October 1904 - Sailed Malta for Gibraltar
1905 - Mediterranean Fleet
1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
June 1906 - Mediterranean Fleet
1907 - Mediterranean Fleet
3rd August 1907 - Fleet review Spithead
1909 - Channel Fleet
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
13th May 1912 - At Sheerness with nucleus crew
14th May 1912 - Capt. Ernest H. Grafton Assumed Command
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
24th February 1913 - Sailed Sheerness for exercises in the Irish Sea
25th February 1913 - Sailed Portsmouth
25th February 1913 - Arrived Portsmouth
28th February 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
4th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
6th March 1913 - Arrived Bantry Bay
7th March 1913 - Sailed Bantry Bay
15th September 1913 - At Oban
15th September 1913 - Capt. Thomas W. Kemp Assumed Command
15th September 1913 - Captain Ernest H. Grafton relinquished Command
27th September 1913 - Arrived Sheerness
2nd October 1913 - Into dock for annual refit
5th November 1913 - Arrived Sheerness
20th January 1914 - Capt T.W. Kemp in Command
20th January 1914 - Arrived Sheerness from exercises
8th August 1914 - 5th Battle Squadron in Home Waters
May 1915 - At Gallipoli
22nd May 1915 - Transferred to the Adriatic Sea
27th May 1915 - Arrived Taranto
4th June 1920 - Sold For Break Up

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Last edited : 14:39, October 12, 2012
By : DataStream

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


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