HMS Vindictive (HMS Cavendish)

The Ship

HMS Cavendish (HMS Vindictive) Built by Harland and Wolf, Belfast and launched 17th January 1918. She was re designed as a aircraft carrier and renamed HMS Vindictive (to commemorate the Old Cruiser which had been used as a block ship in the raids at Zeebrugge and Ostend. She was designed to carry six folding Seaplanes. Commissioned in October 1918 for Flying Squadron, The Grand Fleet. She was sent to the Baltic in 1919 and on the 6th of July ran aground in Biorko Sound, causing serious damage. A total of 2200 tons of equipment had to be removed before the ship could be re floated. She was repaired at Portsmouth between August 1919 and March 1920. HMS Cavendish went into the reserve Fleet and was used for Trooping Duties 1920 to 1923. Between 1923 and 1925 she was re converted back to a Cruiser, and served during world war two as a repair ship. Served with the South Atlantic fleet 1940 to 1942. then Mediterranean Fleet 1943 - 1944 and Home Fleet and reserve 1945. Finally being Scrapped at Blyth February 1946

My Postcards

Not postally used.
Postcard series: Photochrom Co Ltd
Series number: 12


Postally used 11 March 1946.
Postcard series: Photochrom Co Ltd


My Photographs

Taken in 1925/26


Photo taken in 1926.


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