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HMS Commonwealth - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Commonwealth

Name : HMS Commonwealth
Laid Down : 17th June 1902
Launched : 13th May 1903
Completed : March 1905
Type : Battleship
Class : King Edward VII
Builder : Fairfield
Country : UK
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Fate : sold to Slough Trading Company for scrapping on 18 November 1921. She then was resold to German scrappers and towed to Germany to be broken up

HMS Commonwealth pre dreadnaught Battleship of the King Edward VII class. was built at Fairfield , Glasgow and laid down ion the 17th June 1902, launched 13th May 1903 and completed March 1905. Started her service with the Royal navy in the Atlantic fleet in 1906 being transferred in May 1907 to the Channel Fleet. In 1907 HMS Commonwealth was involved in a collision with HMS Albemarle and also in the same year she became grounded in August.. In April 1909 HMS Commonwealth went to the 2nd Division of the Home Fleet. and temporarily in 1913 to the Mediterranean. At the outbreak of world war one she joined the 3rd Battle squadron of the grand fleet in August 1914. went into refit in December 1914 to February 1915. but had major reconstruction work done in 1918. including anti torpedo bulges and a tripod mast with director control, she also had her 6 inch guns replaced with four 6 inch guns positioned a deck higher,. Armament: Four 4inch guns in pairs, four 9.2 inch guns in singles, ten 6 inch guns in pairs, fourteen 12 pdr guns, fourteen 3 pdr guns, two maxims and five torpedo tubes. Displacement: 16,350 tons. Speed: 18 knots. Complement: 777.

Commonwealth left the 3rd Battle Squadron in August 1917 and paid off to undergo an extensive refit at Portsmouth Dockyard, during which she became the only King Edward VII-class ship fitted with updated features common among dreadnoughts, including torpedo bulges, a tripod foremast, and a director and fire control system; she also had her 6-inch (152-mm) gun batteries removed and four 6-inch (152-mm) guns installed one deck higher. When her refit was completed in April 1918, she was in effect the most advanced pre dreadnought battleship in the world. She recommissioned on 16 April 1918 for service on the Northern Patrol, then transferred to the Grand Fleet on 21 August 1918, where she made full use of her updated equipment in service as a seagoing gunnery training ship based at Invergordon. The last seagoing British pre dreadnought still armed with her guns, she continued in this service after World War I ended, training crews in the use of all weapons used on the modern dreadnought battleships

After three years of this service as a training ship, Commonwealth paid off in February 1921. She was placed on the disposal list at Portsmouth Dockyard in April 1921 and was sold to Slough Trading Company for scrapping on 18 November 1921. She then was resold to German scrappers and towed to Germany to be broken up

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HMS Commonwealth, 1905.


HMS Commonwealth, 1905.


HMS Commonwealth in dazzle paint, 1918.


HMS Commonwealth in a heavy sea.


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Timeline Entries :


13th May 1903 - Launched
1906 - Atlantic Fleet
June 1906 - Atlantic Fleet
1907 - Atlantic Fleet
27th May 1907 - Paid off at Plymouth
28th May 1907 - Recommissioned at Plymouth for service in the Channel Fleet
5th August 1907 - Arrived Liverpool
12th November 1907 - Capt. Montague E. Browning in Command
12th November 1907 - Channel Fleet Review at Spithead
1908 - Channel Fleet
1909 - Channel Fleet
April 1909 - 2nd Battle Squadron, 2nd Division, Home Fleet
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
17th July 1909 - Thames Review
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
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
10th August 1912 - Capt. P.V. Lewes in Command
10th August 1912 - Sailed Sheerness for Portland
6th November 1912 - Arrived Malta for coaling
6th November 1912 - Arrived Malta
8th August 1914 - 3rd Battle Squadron in Home Waters
30th March 1920 - Sailed Invergordon for Rosyth
31st March 1920 - Arrived Rosyth
31st March 1920 - Arrived Rosyth
5th May 1920 - Capt. G.R.B. Blount
5th May 1920 - Based at Invergordon
5th July 1920 - Sailed Invergordon
6th July 1920 - Arrived Stornoway
10th July 1920 - Sailed Stornoway
10th July 1920 - Arrived Oban
16th July 1920 - Arrived Lamlash
16th July 1920 - Sailed Oban
20th July 1920 - Arrived Lough Swilley
20th July 1920 - Sailed Lamlash
23rd July 1920 - Sailed Lough Swilley
24th July 1920 - Arrived Broadford Bay
25th July 1920 - Arrived Invergordon
25th July 1920 - Sailed Broadford Bay
18th November 1921 - Sold For Break Up

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Last edited : 22:13, January 19, 2017
By : HMS

First Added : 17:24, February 28, 2011
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