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Naval histories of the battleships of the Duncan Class. Battleships of the class included HMS Duncan, HMS Cornwallis, HMS Exmouth, HMS Russell, HMS Albemarle and HMS Montagu.

The class at the outbreak of world war one were operating with the northern Patrol. and In October 1914 participated in the attempt to capture the German Minelayer Berlin,.(A converted 17,000 Liner) but she managed to escape.   In November along with HMS Revenge became  a "Special service squadron" under rear-Admiral Stuart Nicholson. The main aim of the squadron was to attack German installations on the Belgium coast.   HMS Russell and HMS Exmouth bombarded Zeebrugge at the end of the canal from Bruges, The German Submarine Base.

Armament: Four 12 inch guns in turrets, twelve 6 inch guns, twelve 3 inch guns, six 3 pdr guns, two maxims and four torpedo tubes.    Displacement: 14,000 tons.    Speed: 19 knots.   Complement: 750.   Length: 405 ft.   Breadth: 75.5 ft.   Depth: 27.25 ft.

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HMS ALBEMARLE 5TH MARCH 1901 SOLD FOR B/U 19TH NOVEMBER 1919
HMS CORNWALLIS 13TH JULY 1901 TORPEDOED 9TH JANUARY 1917
HMS DUNCAN 21ST MARCH 1901 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH FEBRUARY 1920
HMS EXMOUTH 31ST AUGUST 1901 SOLD FOR B/U 15TH FEBRUARY 1920
HMS MONTAGU 5TH MARCH 1901 WRECKED 30TH MAY 1906
HMS RUSSELL 19TH FEBRUARY 1901 MINED 27TH MARCH 1916

  HMS Cornwallis

HMS Cornwallis   

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HMS Cornwallis.

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HMS Cornwallis.

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HMS Cornwallis.

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HMS Cornwallis.

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HMS Cornwallis, 1912.

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HMS Cornwallis, 1904.

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HMS Cornwallis, 1912.

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Cornwallis saw service with the Channel Fleet in 1906 but was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in February the next year. In August 1910 she joined the Mediterranean Fleet and in June two years later returned to the Home Fleet in 4th Battle Squadron. At the outbreak of WWI HMS Cornwallis joined the 6th Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet but was sent to the Dardanelles in January 1915 where she became the first British warship to open fire on 18th February. HMS Cornwallis took part on all of the operations as well as the evacuation. After being hit with three torpedoes from German u-boat U32 she sank off Malta with the loss of 15 lives.

  HMS Duncan

HMS Duncan, 1903.

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HMS Duncan, 1903.

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HMS Duncan

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HMS Duncan.

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HMS Duncan.

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HMS Duncan.

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HMS Duncan.

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HMS Duncan.

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Crew of HMS Duncan, c.1910.

We think these are the Officers of HMS Duncan, with the photo being taken towards the rear of the ship, rather than forward where the bridge would be in shot.  The photo comes from an album of the cruise of HMS Prometheus 1910-1912.

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Crew of HMS Duncan, c.1910.

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HMS Duncan - Name History

The seventh “DUNCAN” is a 16-gun twin-screw battleship launched at Blackwell in 1901.  She is of 14,000 tons, 18,222 horse-power, and 19 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 405ft., 75ft., and 26ft.

HMS Duncan was with the Channel Fleet in 1906. Shortly afterwards in February 1907 she was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet and then in November 1908 she transferred again to the Mediterranean Fleet, becoming the flagship for the Rear-Admiral in August 1912. HMS Duncan then joined the 4th Battle Squadron of the 1st Fleet in home waters. She became a gunnery tender at Portsmouth in May 1913 before serving with the 6th Battle Squadron of the 2nd Fleet on the outbreak of WWI. Transferring to the 3rd Battle Squadron she moved to Portland and Dover in November 1915, but later that year moved to the Mediterranean before returning home in 1917 and going into reserve.

HMS Montagu

At 0200 hours on the 30th May 1906, HMS Montagu ran ashore on the rocks at the south west corner of Lundy Island during the fog. Over a period of several months many attempts were made to free the ship but all were unsuccessful. But some salvage of the ship did take place. The Liverpool salvage Company, managed to remove her big guns and many fittings before the Montagu was abandoned.   The guns were removed by the use of sheer legs. the first turret guns removed were the fore turret.  \the method was by removing the top plates of the turrets. then the guns were lifted. The salvage Vessel Plover participated in the

HMS Montagu shown being launched at Devonport. Lady Charles Scott, wife of the Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth, performed the ceremony on Tuesday 5th March 1901.

The Montagu as she hits the water for the first time on 5th March 1901.

HMS Montagu, 1903.

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HMS Montagu, wrecked at Lundy, 1906.

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HMS Montagu, wrecked at Lundy 1906.

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HMS Montagu ashore at Lundy.  Sent in by Alan Loose

HMS Montagu ashore at Lundy.

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HMS Albemarle - HMS Exmouth - HMS Russell

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