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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleships HMS Orion, HMS Monarch, HMS Conqueror and HMS Thunderer. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Orion, HMS Monarch, HMS Conqueror and HMS Thunderer from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for Naval historians and Enthusiasts and descendants of crew of HMS Orion, HMS Monarch, HMS Conqueror and HMS Thunderer.

HMS CONQUEROR 1ST MAY 1911 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN DECEMBER 1922.
HMS MONARCH 30TH MARCH 1911 SUNK AS A TARGET 20TH JANUARY 1925.
HMS ORION 20TH AUGUST 1910 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN DECEMBER 1922.
HMS THUNDERER 1ST FEBRUARY 1911 SOLD FOR SCRAP DECEMBER 1926.
These ships were the first "super-dreadnoughts" in the Royal Navy, built as part of the Naval programme of 1909.All four ships fought at the Battle of Jutland. The ships remained in service after the end of the great war but were discarded under the terms of the Washington Treaty. HMS Orion and HMS Conqueror were scrapped on 19th December 1922. HMS Monarch was used as a target ship and was finally sunk by shelling in January 1925. HMS Thunderer was used as a cadet training ship from 1921 until being sold for scrap on 17th December 1926.

Displacement 22,600 tons    Speed 21.0 knots   Compliment 750 and up to 1,100 during wartime.     Armament:  Ten 13.5-inch guns in pairs. and sixteen  4 -inch guns  One 3 inch Anti Aircraft Gun before 1917 thereafter one 4-inch anti aircraft gun was added.

HMS Conqueror

HMS Conqueror, 1912.

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HMS Conqueror, 1918.

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HMS Conqueror being scrapped, 1923.

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The Four Forward 13.5 inc guns of HMS Conqueror

HMS Conqueror.

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HMS Conqueror

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HMS Conqueror

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HMS Monarch

HMS Monarch, 1919.

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HMS Monarch.

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HMS Monarch photographed 1912

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HMS Monarch firing a broadside c.1915

HMS Orion

HMS Orion was built at Portsmouth naval Dockyard and laid down on the 29th November 1909 and launched 20th August 1910. commissioned  in January 1912 becoming flagship of rear Admiral of the 2nd battle squadron of the home Fleet. She was damaged in a collision with HMS revenge, which had broken her moorings and drifted across her bows.  On the outbreak of world war one she joined the grand Fleet along with the 2nd battle squadron.  taking part in the Battle of Jutland as the flagship of rear Admiral A C Leveson. receiving no casualties during the battle.  After the war she served with the Atlantic fleet but was discarded under the terms of the Washington Treaty.

HMS Orion, 1912.

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HMS Orion.  

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HMS Orion.

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HMS Orion.

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HMS Orion.

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HMS Orion.  Sent in by Peter Jones

HMS Orion c.1915

The Launch of HMS Orion, 20th August 1910.

Contributed by Colin Harper

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HMS Orion

HMS Orion.

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HMS Orion.

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HMS Thunderer

HMS Thunderer, 1912.

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HMS Thunderer, December 1926.  Under tow to breakers.

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HMS Thunderer.

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HMS Thunderer.

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The Aft Guns of HMS Thunderer

HMS Thunderer.

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Postcard showing the launch of HMS Thunderer

HMS Thunderer photographed 1911

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HMS Thunderer

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Crew of HMS Thunderer, including the ships Victualer, William Arthur Scarrott (In black uniform with arms folded). Photograph taken a couple of weeks before the Battle of Jutland.

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Crew of HMS Thunderer c.1912.

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My Grandfather William Blinkhorn served on HMS Thunderer from when she was commissioned, until 1919 having done his training on  HMS Illustrious &  HMS Victorious. I have numerous photo/postcards of crew and one exceptionally good picture taken after they have taken on coal. My grandfather is near the centre of the picture with a cleanish face, he served as Chief Stoker. I also have all of his waxed papers and medals. I have also managed to get copies of the launch post cards (including 1 original) and a few paintings. Thanks to Mark Blinkhorn for these photos.

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