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History of the Royal naval battleship HMS Rodney. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Rodney from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Rodney.

HMS Rodney. Built by Cammell Laid and launched on the 17th December 1925. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 7th December 1927. HMS Rodney served with the home Fleet 1939 - 1942 with Force H in 1943 and the Home Fleet 1943  to 1945. (being Flagship at Scapa Flow in 1944). HMS Rodney took part in the sinking of the Bismarck on the 27th may 1941. But the ship had major structural problems, and after the sinking of the Bismarck went to Boston for repairs, during winter of 1941 to 1942. This failed to rectify her problems. After the war she was put into reserve in 1945 and finally scrapped at Inverkeithing on the 26th March 1948.

Displacement 33,900 tons.  Speed 23 Knots   range (at 16 Knots 7,000 miles)

Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three  guns.  Twelve  6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns (after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two torpedo Tubes and two aircraft.

Compliment 1330 to 1558

HMS Rodney.

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HMS Rodney, May 1935.

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HMS Rodney, May 1937.

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HMS Rodney, with a Fairey Swordfish on board, May 1939.

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HMS Rodney, with Fairey Swordfish, May 1939.

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HMS Rodney at Malta, August 1943.

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HMS Rodney c.1927. 

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HMS Rodney with submarine L54.

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HMS Rodney.

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HMS Rodney.

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The Chapel of St, Christopher, HMS Rodney circa 1930

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HMS Rodney circa 1928 

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Distinguished Guests aboard HMS Rodney at Scarborough, 1932.

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Thomas Idris Davies is the sailor piping the officer aboard, to the far right of the picture. (1939 - 1945)

Contributed by Karen Holdcroft.

HMS Rodney. Built by Cammell Laid and launched on the 17th December 1925. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 7th December 1927. HMS Rodney served with the home Fleet 1939 - 1942 with Force H in 1943 and the Home Fleet 1943  to 1945. (being Flagship at Scapa Flow in 1944). HMS Rodney took part in the sinking of the Bismarck on the 27th may 1941. But the ship had major structural problems, and after the sinking of the Bismarck went to Boston for repairs, during winter of 1941 to 1942. This failed to rectify her problems. After the war she was put into reserve in 1945 and finally scrapped at Inverkeithing on the 26th March 1948.

Displacement 33,900 tons.  Speed 23 Knots   range (at 16 Knots 7,000 miles)

Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three  guns.  Twelve  6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns (after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two torpedo Tubes and two aircraft.

Compliment 1330 to 1558

 

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JOHN JOSEPH McSWEENEY..  I am searching for information about my father John Joseph McSweeney.  He may well have been known as John Sweeney, he joined the Royal Navy in 1936.  I know he saw service on HMS Courageous, he told me he was blown out of a porthole when the ship was struck by a torpedo in the first week of the war in September 1939.  I also know that my father was a gunner on boar HMS Rodney and was on duty when Rodney sund Bismarck.  My father passed away on August 17th 1997.  I am looking for anyone who kenw him or may have information that would be of interest to me.  Contact Here 

W O GLANVILLE... I have acquired the L S & G C to Petty Officer J.106672 W.O. Glanville P.O. HMS Rodney.  This is a Gvi and WW2 medal and I would love to place it with family.  charles.claydon@ntlworld.com

WILLIAM NOEL COCKER.. I am looking fro information about my father's time aboard HMS Rodney. I believe he joined her crew in 1931 as a steward. Any information welcome contact me at steve@skillcom.freeserve.co.uk 

PHIL LANCETT.. My dad, Phil, joined Rodney in early 1944 as a boy telegraphist on Mess 44. He left the ship at Scapa in July 1945. Dad would love to hear from old shipmates contact him at GeoLANCETT@aol.com 

WILLIAM (HARRY) HENRY: My father served on HMS Rodney and HMS Cornwall. and was on Cornwall when it was sunk in 19842. he died in 1952. I would be interested to hear form anyone who may have known him. Contact Peter Preston at prestons@psilink.co.uk 

RALPH WILSON:  I am the widowed wife of Ralph Wilson who served on HMS Rodney between 1940 and 1945. he died in 1951.  I am trying to trace nay crew members that may have known Ralph. Please contact me at david.kenyon2@ntlworld.com 

DAVY JOHN GOLDSWORTHY:  I am trying to trace a relative who served on HMS Rodney around 1942, if you can help please contact Colin Pye at offa@ntlworld.com 

ERNEST SEARL.. Does anyone have any info or photographs of my grandfather Ernest who served on Rodney in 1932? Contact me at DUNCANGRINDROD@aol.com 

HERBERT CLEMENT.. My father was a stoker on HMS Rodney from 1934-35. In 1935 he took part in the Home Fleet Regatta in the Stoker's cutter races and won. Can anyone please tell me the location of the Home Fleet Regatta for 1935. If anyone can offer any information regarding the history of these regattas I would be most grateful. Contact me at MchlClement@aol.com 

ROY HORSEFIELD.. I am looking for anyone who remembers my dad Roy Horsefield who served on the Rodney in World War II. I would also like information of how I could get his medals from the war. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at nadiajamieson@yahoo.co.uk 

WILLIAM GEORGE JONES.. My father served on HMS Rodney during World War Two and as far as I know, he was there at the sinking of the Bismarck. I would love to hear from any ex crew who may have known my father. Contact S Carr at samcarr@beverleyunderwood.com 

WILLIAM MARTIN.   Can you please help me. Do you have any knowledge of William Martin who served on HMS Rodney. We think he was a Chief Petty Officer, please contact me, Steve Marin  at  stevemartin@smartin83.fsnet.co.uk  

LES SIGGERY   I am looking for information on my fathers career and his friends in the Royal navy. He served on HMS Rodney during the war, and after he served on HMS Vanguard. I think he was a Chief Petty Officer.  If you can help any information I would be very thankful.  ADE SIGGERY  at   Ade@siggery17.freeserve.co.uk    

JACK LIONEL BENNETT.  I am desperately trying to trace any information regarding my grandfather jack Lionel Bennett.  I never met him, but I believe he worked as a French Translator on HMS Rodney during the Second World War. My Uncle was even named Rodney, after the ship. If anyone can help with any information, please please email me at   Simbennett@aol.com   

DANIEL JOSEPH WILLIAMS  "JOE".  Joe's  step sister Bridget Kelly my mother has been looking for her step brother since around 1940. I think he served on HMS Rodney around 1940 onwards. My Mother lost touch with him around this time and would like to get in touch with him again or his family.  Any information would be wonderful. Please contact Charles Garnett. at c.garnett@macunlimited.net      

ARCHIBALD STIRLING: I am trying to find any info on my granddad he served on HMS Rodney during 1943 - 1944. His rank was Lt. RnR. If you knew him or have any useful information I would love to hear from you. contact me at BillBo@Eddie1954.fsnet.co.uk