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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,. Between 1919 and 1921 served as a sea going gunnery training ship at Invergordon.  and finally scrapped in 1921.

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.

HMS Commonwealth

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HMS Commonwealth in a heavy sea.

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HMS Commonwealth.

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HMS Commonwealth, 1905.

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HMS Commonwealth, 1905.

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HMS Commonwealth in dazzle paint, 1918.

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Crew member Peters from HMS Commonwealth.

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HMS Commonwealth.  Sister Ships

HMS AFRICA 20TH MAY 1905 SOLD FOR B/U 30TH JUNE 1920
HMS BRITANNIA 10TH DECEMBER 1904 TORPEDOED 9TH NOVEMBER 1918
HMS COMMONWEALTH 13TH MAY 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH NOVEMBER 1921
HMS DOMINION 25TH AUGUST 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MAY 1921
HMS HINDUSTAN 19TH DECEMBER 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MAY 1921
HMS KING EDWARD VII 23RD JULY 1903 MINED 6TH JANUARY 1916
HMS NEW ZEALAND 4TH FEBRUARY 1904 RENAMED ZEALANDIA 1911, SOLD FOR B/U 8TH NOVEMBER 1921
 

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