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HMS Agamemnon - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Agamemnon

Name : HMS Agamemnon
Laid Down : 15th May 1905
Launched : 23rd June 1906
Completed : 25th June 1908
Type : Battleship
Class : Lord Nelson
Builder : Chatham
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 4th ship with this name.
Pennants :
Fate : Became a target ship in September 1920. Sold for scrap to J Cashmore of Newport, South Wales 24h January 1927.

Launched on the 4th of September 1906. HMS Agamemnon commissioned on 25 June 1908 at Chatham Dockyard for service in the Nore Division of the Home Fleet. On 11 February 1911, she grazed an uncharted rock in the harbour at Ferrol, Spain, and damaged her bottom. She was temporarily attached in September 1913 to the 4th Battle Squadron. After the First World War began in August 1914, Agamemnon was assigned to the 5th Battle Squadron in the Channel Fleet and was based at Portland. With other ships, she covered the safe transport of the British Expeditionary Force, under the command of Sir John French, to France. On 14 November 1914 she transferred to Sheerness to guard the English coast against the possibility of a German invasion. She returned to Portland on 30 December 1914 and was employed in the defence of the southern ports of England and patrols of the English Channel until February 1915 In February 1915, Agamemnon was ordered to participate in the Dardanelles Campaign. She departed Portland on 9 February, and joined the British Dardanelles Squadron at Mudros 10 days later. That was the second day of the opening bombardment of the Ottoman Turkish forts guarding the entrance to the Dardanelles and the ship immediately joined the attack. She also took part in the subsequent bombardment of the inner forts later in February. Agamemnon was hit by seven 240-millimetre (9.4-inch) shells in ten minutes on 25 February and was holed above the waterline, suffering three dead. She supported the small amphibious landings of 4 March and participated in another bombardment on 6 March 1915. She came under heavy fire from Fort Hamidieh on 7 March, taking eight hits from large-calibre shells; one of them, allegedly a 14-inch (356 mm) round, blew a large hole in her quarterdeck and wrecked the wardroom and the gunroom. She also took several hits by light shells that day, and, although she suffered damage to her superstructure, her fighting and steaming capabilities were not seriously impaired. The ship also participated in the main attack on the Dardanelles forts on 18 March. This time a 6-inch (152 mm) howitzer battery opened fire on Agamemnon and hit her 12 times in 25 minutes; five of the howitzer shells hit her armour and did no damage, but the seven that hit outside her armour protection did considerable structural damage and temporarily put one of her 12-inch (305-mm) guns out of action. On 25 April, Agamemnon supported the main landings as part of the 5th Squadron, and after that she patrolled to protect Allied minesweeping and netlaying vessels operating in the Dardanelles. In action against Ottoman field batteries, she took two hits between 28 April and 30 April, and she provided fire support for Allied troops during a Turkish counterattack on 1 May. Agamemnon bombarded Ottoman artillery batteries on 6 May prior to the Second Battle of Krithia. Agamemnon was withdrawn to Malta later in May to undergo a refit and returned to the Dardanelles in June. On 2 December, the ship joined the protected cruiser Endymion and monitor M33 in bombarding the Kavak bridge, destroying several spans of it and interdicting Ottoman communications to the Gallipoli Peninsula

With the end of the Dardanelles Campaign in January 1916, British naval forces in the area were reorganized, and Agamemnon became part of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron, which was re-designated the Aegean Squadron in August 1917. Under both names, the squadron was dispersed throughout the area to protect Allied-held islands, support the British Army at Salonika, and guard against any attempted breakout from the Dardanelles by the German battlecruiser Goeben and light cruiser Breslau. Agamemnon spent the remainder of the war based at Salonika and Mudros, alternating between the two bases with her sister Lord Nelson; Agamemnon was based mostly at Mudros, Lord Nelson mostly at Salonika.[4] While carrying out these duties, Agamemnon damaged the German Zeppelin LZ85 on 5 May at Salonika with a shell from a 12-pounder and forced it to crash-land.[4] Of all the responsibilities given the two ships, the most important was to guard the Eastern Mediterranean against a breakout by Goeben, but when Goeben and Breslau finally made their breakout attempt on 20 January 1918, Lord Nelson was away at Salonika and Agamemnon could not get steam up to depart Mudros in time to participate in the resulting Battle of Imbros. After both German ships struck mines, Breslau sank and Goeben returned to the Dardanelles before Agamemnon could arrive on the scene. Agamemnon underwent a refit at Malta in 1918. On 30 October the Ottoman Empire signed the Armistice of Mudros on board Agamemnon while she was anchored at Lemnos in the northern Aegean Sea

he was modified at Chatham Dockyard for use as a target ship between 6 December 1920 and 8 April 1921.[Note 1] The ship was rewired for radio control and stripped; the 12-inch turrets remained aboard, but all of her guns and their equipment were removed, as were her torpedo equipment, flying deck, sea cabins, main derrick and boat equipment, lower conning tower, masts and yards, most of her crew amenities, and other unnecessary equipment. Unnecessary hatches, coamings, scuttles, and lifts were removed and plated over, and she was ballasted differently than she had been as a battleship. It was not intended to sink her, so she was assigned a crew of 153 to maintain and operate her when she was not under fire.[6] Agamemnon's first target service took place before her modifications were completed. On 19 March 1921, she was exposed to a cloud of poisonous gas to determine the effect of gas on a battleship. It was found that gas could penetrate the ship via her various openings, but the ship had not been sealed against gas before the trial and no accurate results applicable to a commissioned battleship could be obtained. On 21 September, she was subjected to machine-gun fire by strafing aircraft. These trials showed that such strafing could harass a battleship, but could not impair her fighting or steaming capabilities, and helped to determine protection for bridge personnel. Agamemnon also was used to test the vulnerability of battleships to 6-inch (152-mm), 5.5-inch (140-mm), and 4.7-inch (120-mm) rounds fired at her by ships such as the battlecruisers Renown and Repulse while she maneuvered under radio control. These tests showed that ships protected as well as Agamemnon, such as the later dreadnoughts, would suffer damage to their upper works if struck by such shells, but would not have their steaming or fighting capability seriously impaired even by numerous smaller-caliber hits

Agamemnon was relieved as target ship by the dreadnought Centurion in December 1926. By then the last British pre-dreadnought battleship in existence, she was sold to J Cashmore of Newport, South Wales on 24 January 1927 for scrap, and departed Portsmouth Dockyard on 1 March to be broken up at Newport. Displacement 18,100 tons. Speed 18 knots. Range 9,180 miles. Compliment 820. Armament Four 12 - inch Guns, Ten 9.2 - inch Guns

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HMS Agamemnon, 1915.


HMS Agamemnon, 1918.


HMS Agamemnon, March 1918. Removing 12 inch Guns


HMS Agamemnon. Firing 9.2 inch guns.


HMS Agamemnon. Bridge.


HMS Agamemnon under fire in the Dardanelles.


HMS Agamemnon


HMS Agamemnon arriving at Portsmouth


HMS Agamemnon


Crew, HMS Agamemnon.

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Known Crew Details :

Name

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

Charles E Aflionby

18th December 1907

Sackville H Cardem

18th December 1907

Thomas G R Davies

18th December 1907

Humphrey Finch Dawson

18th December 1907

Hugh Edwards

18th December 1907

Herbert E Hooppell

18th December 1907

George C Parrott

18th December 1907

Peter Pringle

18th December 1907

Henry Snell

18th December 1907

John Truscott

18th December 1907

James E Wannell

18th December 1907

James H Watson

18th December 1907

Timeline Entries :


23rd June 1906 - Launched
7th December 1907 - Captain Sackville H. Cardem in Command
April 1909 - 1st Battle Squadron, 1st Division, Home Fleet
12th June 1909 - Fleet Review at Spithead
14th November 1909 - At Spithead for the arival of the King of Portugal
27th July 1910 - Sailed Torquay for Naval Review
27th July 1910 - Arrived back at Torquay after Naval Review
23rd June 1911 - At Spithead for Fleet Review
9th July 1912 - Spithead Review
8th August 1914 - 5th Battle Squadron in Home Waters
March 1915 - At Gallipoli
8th March 1915 - Entered Straights of Gallipoli
8th March 1915 - Entered the straits of Gallipoli
25th September 1918 - Capt. Frederick Shirley Litchfield in Command
10th June 1919 - Arrived at Chatham
13th July 1919 - Returned to Sheerness to the Nore Reserve
September 1920 - Became a target ship
31st October 1921 - Arrived Invergordon
15th November 1923 - At Portsmouth
10th September 1925 - Sailed UK for Malta
10th September 1925 - Cdr. E.C Stubbs in Command
24th January 1927 - Sold For Break Up

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HMS Agamemnon by Ivan Berryman.


Agamemnon off the Needles by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Agamemnon 1805 by Tony Fernandes.

HMS Agamemnon by Geoff Hunt.


Agamemnon Opens Fire on the Ca Ira, 13th March 1795 by Geoff Hunt.

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