HMS London 1902-1920

The Ship

Sold for Scrap 1920

Built Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down December 1898, completed June 1902, cost 1,103,453.

Length 411 feet waterline 431 feet 9 inches overall, beam 75 feet, draught 27 feet 5 inches, displacement 15,366 load 15,955 tons deep.

2 shaft Triple Expansion, 15,000 ihp, 18kts

9in belt, 12in barbettes, 10in gun houses, 2.5-1in decks

4 x 12in 40 cal BL (2 x 2), 12 x 6in QF (12 x 1), 16 x 12pounder QF (16 x 1), 6 x 3pounder (6 x 1), 4 x 18in TT

Virtual repeats of the Formidable class with slightly modified armour layout. Crew 760.

World War 1 Service:

5th Battle Squadron Channel Fleet.
March 1915 sent to the Dardanelles.
25 April 1915 supported landings.
22 May 2nd Detached Squadron Adriatic.
October 1915 refit at Gibraltar.
October 1916 paid off to release crew.
February-April 1918 converted to minelayer.
18 May 1918 1st Minelaying Squadron The Grand Fleet.
Took part in the laying of the Northern Barrage.
1920 sold for scrap.

My Postcards

Not postally used
Postcard series: Tuck's, Oilette - Our Navy
Series number: IV
Postcard number: 9183
Postcard artist: W Fred Mitchell


HMS London at Eastbourne. Not postally used.
Postcard series: R W Vielev


Postally used 30 Jun 1904.
Postcard series: Wrench Series
Series number: 2358


Not postally used.
Postcard series: Gale & Polden Ltd, Nelson Series


Postally used 2 November 1904.
Postcard series: Ernest Nister
Series number: 4


Postally used 6 Oct 1910.
Postcard series: Cribb Photo


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