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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Minotaur Class. HMS Minotaur, HMS Defence, HMS Shannon including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Minotaur Class cruisers.

HMS Defence 24th April 1907 Sunk by gunfire 31st May 1916.
HMS Minotaur 6th June 1906 Sold and broken up 12th April 1920.
HMS Shannon 20th September 1906 Sold and broken up 12th December 1922.

HMS Defence

HMS Defence, 1914.

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HMS Defence When she was Flagship of Rear-Admiral Arbuthnot. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916

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HMS Defence

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HMS Defence

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HMS Defence

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This Cruiser appears to be HMS Defence. There are five large turrets on the sides . the searchlight platforms are mounted between number 1 and number 2 funnels and number 3 and number 4 funnels and has a ram bow (info supplied by R. Mar)  

HMS Defence.  Photo c.1910

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HMS Defence - Name History

The eighth “DEFENCE” is a 14-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Pembroke in 1907.  She is of 14,600 tons, 27,000 horse-power, and 23 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 490ft., 74ft., and 26ft.  From November 1911 to February 1912 the “Defence,” commanded Henry H. Bruce, had the honour of acting as one of the escort to H.M.S. “Medina.”  The “Medina,” flying the Royal Standard, was conveying the King Emperor, His Majesty King George the Fifth, to India, where his Majesty’s Coronation Durbar was helld at Delhi on December 12th, 1911.

HMS DEFENCE.  Launched on the 24th April 1907.  HMS Defence joined the 5th Cruiser squadron in February 1909. but transferred in July to the Home Fleet, 1st Cruiser Squadron. During November and December 1912 HMS defence escorted the Royal yacht  Medina. the going on to the China station as The new Flagship.  rejoining the 1st Cruiser squadron as Flagship in 1913. at the out break of World war One, She immediately became active in the search for  the German ships Goeben and Breslau in August 1914. She was stationed in the Mediterranean in the Dardanelle's. After September 1914  she joined Admirals Cradlocks squadron and went to the cape of Good hope in November.  Became Flagship to the 1st cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet.  at the Battle of Jutland she was sunk by gunfire from the German battleship Friedrich der Grosse. on the 31st May 1916. The entire crew was lost due to a cordite charge catching fire in the ammunition stores. 893 officers and men lost their lives.

Specifications for HMS Swiftsure, HMS Minotaur, HMS Superb

 

Displacement: 8,800 tons   Speed: 32.5kt    Complement: 730

Armament: Nine 6 inch guns in threes. Ten 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in fours as well as eight 40mm anti-aircraft guns in singles.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes.

 

Specifications for HMS Bellerophon, HMS Defence, HMS Blake

 

Displacement: 14,600 tons   Speed: 23kt    Complement: 755

Armament: Four 9.2 inch  (2 x 2 ) Ten 7.5 inch guns  Sixteen Quick Firing 12 pounder,  Five 18 - inch Torpedo Tubes all submerged.

 

HMS Minotaur.

On Completion HMS Minotaur joined the Royal navy's 5th Cruiser Squadron in may 1908 but transferring  in April the following year to the 1st cruiser Squadron and becoming Flagship to the 1st cruiser Squadron. served at the China Station between 1910 and 1914. After the outbreak of world war one, HMS Minotaur escorted Australian troop ships during November 1914. at serving at the cape of Good Hope as flagship. returning back to Britain for a refit in December 1914. In 1916 became flagship to the 2nd Cruiser squadron Took part in the Battle of Jutland. After the war she was placed in reserve in June 1919 and eventually sold for scrapping and broken up  which started on the 12th  April 1920

HMS Minotaur

HMS Minotaur, 1910.

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HMS Minotaur, China Station c.1911.

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HMS Minotaur, 1917.

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HMS Minotaru at Hong Kong c.1910.

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HMS Minotaur.  Original photo book plate 6" x 4" published 1915 by Eveleigh Nash.  Price £10.  Order Code FW1524

Postcard picture of HMS Minotaur

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HMS Minotaur.  

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HMS Minotaur.  

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HMS Minotaur.

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HMS Minotaur.

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HMS Minotaur.

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HMS Minotaur on the China Station, c.1911.

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HMS Minotaur firing, 1911.

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HMS Minotaur, China Station, c.1910.

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HMS Minotaur, China Station c.1910.

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Ship's dog 'Shot' on HMS Minotaur, c.1911.

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Hunting Party, China Station c.1910.

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Hunting Party, China Station, c.1910.

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Gun Drills, China Station, c.1910.

The Crew of HMS Kent / HMS Minotaur performing gun drills.

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Gun Drills, China Station, c.1910.

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Gun Drills, China Station, c.1910.

Crew of HMS Kent / HMS Minotaur performing gun drills.

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Gun Drills, China Station c.1910.

Crews of HMS Kent / HMS Minotaur prepare for the exercise.

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HMS Shannon

HMS Shannon. Launched on the 20th September 1906 and commissioned into the Royal Navy's 5th Cruiser squadron in march 1908 as flagship for the rear admiral. In April 1909 transferred to the 2nd Cruiser squadron but in December 1909  HMS Shannon was involved in a collision with HMS Prince George in Portsmouth sustaining damage.  Re-commissioned in march 1912 into the 3rd cruiser Squadron and in 1913 joining 2nd cruiser squadron. on the outbreak of world war one she joined the Grand fleet in August 1914, went into refit in November 1914 at Cromarty. Took part in the Battle of Jutland, and in November 1916  went to Murmansk. Joined the Atlantic Convoys escorting convoys between 1917- 1918. after the war HMS Shannon was placed in reserve in 1920. becoming an accommodation ship attached to HMS Actaeon finally paid off and scrapped 12th December 1922.

HMS Shannon, 1915.

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HMS Shannon, 1917.

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HMS Shannon with HMS Tiger, 1917.

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HMS Shannon, 1908.

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HMS Shannon, 1911.

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HMS Shannon.

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HMS Shannon.

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The football team from HMS Shannon with their squadron winners cup 1917-1918.  

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HMS Shannon c.1914

HMS Shannon. 

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Some of the crew from HMS Shannon 

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THOMAS EDWARD BOGG.  My great uncle was killed at the battle of Jutland while serving on HMS defence. I am looking for any information on the ship as well as any photographs of HMS Defence. Can anybody help.  Nick Rounding at  nick.rounding@ventura-park.com

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LESLIE HARRY CHARLES VALENTINE.. My grandfather served as an able seaman on a Thames class ship from 1907-1911 based at Chatham. He also served on HMS Minotaur, HMS Impregnable and HMS Agincourt. I am trying to find his birth date. If anyone has any suggestions contact me at fishers.cottage@virgin.net 

I am looking for a crew list for HMS Minotaur, can anyone help. please contact Paul Jailer at Pauljailer@aol.com