HMS Majestic


The Ship

Torpedoed and sunk 27 May 1915

HMS Majestic of the Majestic Class battleships was built at Portsmouth Dockyard and engined by the Naval Construction & Armaments Co. of Barrow. She was commissioned in December 1895 for service in the Channel Squadron and was was a steel armoured battleship of the Spencer Programme. HMS Majestic was the flagship of Vice-Admiral the Lord Walter T Kerr 1896. HMS Majestic was commissioned into the Atlantic Fleet from August 1906 but was commissioned into the reserve in October 1906. Before joining the Home Fleet (3rd Fleet) at Devonport in May 1912 she was refitted with radio and fire control equipment at Chatham Dockyard. In July 1912 she was involved in a collision with HMS Victorious. At the outbreak of World War I she was commissioned at Devonport for the 7th Battle Squadron in October 1914 she was involved in escorting Canadian troop convoys and in 1915 involved in the bombardment of the Belgian coast while serving with the Channel Fleet and Dover Patrol. She transferred to the Mediterranean and the Dardanelles Operation on 18th March 1915 she took part in the Dardanelles bombardments on 26th May she became flagship to Admiral Nicholson but within 24 hours was twice torpedoed by U-boat 21 during the bombardment off Gaba Tepe. She sank within 7 minutes but luckily having only 40 casualties.

Armament: four 12 inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, twelve 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims, two 2pdr boat guns and five torpedo tubes. Displacement: 14,900 tons. Speed: 16.5 knots. Complement: 757.

My Postcards

Postally used 18 Apr 1906.
Postcard series: Palatine Pictorial Co Ltd, Manchester, B & W Series
Postcard number: 42


Postally used 27 Dec 05.


Postally used 4 April 1905


Not postally used.
Postcard series: GD & DL


Postally used 24 Dec 1905.


Postally used 16 Oct 1906.
Postcard series: GD & DL


Postally used 28 Dec 1911.
Postcard series: John W Mills
Series number: 51440


Postally used 5 July 1905.
Postcard series: Meade-Gibbs, The Meade-Gibbs Series


Not postally used.
Postcard series: G. D. & D., London, Star Series


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