H.M.S. Goliath

 

H.M.S. Goliath was a Royal Navy Canopus-class Battleship, launched from Chatham in 1898. She served in the Far East until 1905, when she joined the Mediterranean Fleet before being attached to the Channel Fleet a year later.
 
Having been mothballed prior to the outbreak of the First World War, she was returned to full commission in the 8th Battle Squadron for service in the Channel in August 1914 and then went to Loch Ewe as guardship also covering the landing of marines at Ostend.
 
In September 1914 she went to East Indies and in November 1914 she took part in the blockade of the German light cruiser S.M.S. Königsberg during the East African coastal blockade. Two crewmen died during her time in Africa
Leading Seaman Timothy McCarthy died  in Kenya on the 10th November 1914
Seaman Peter Watterson died  in Kenya on the 19th November 1914
 
Her log books for he period January to April 1915 can be seen at naval-history.net
 
In April 1915 she was ordered to the Dardanelles to join the 1st Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet in support of the landings at Gallipoli.
 
On the 6th May 1915 Sub-Lieutenant John Henry Walsingham was killed in a steering gear accident.

H.M.S. Goliath in 1907 (Wikimedia Commons)

 
H.M.S. Goliath (Capt. T. L. Shelford) and H.M.S. Cornwallis were ordered to support the French general in command at Kereves Dere and on 12th May 1915, they anchored in Morto Bay.
 
The Turkish destroyer Muavenet-i-Milliye (Lt. Cdr. Firle manned by a combined German and Turkish crew) went for a torpedo attack, as conditions were ideal (dark and misty night). At about 1.15 on the morning of the 13th, Muavenet-i-Milliye was discovered by Goliath, but it was too late, as three torpedoes were already discharged. All three hit the Goliath, one at the fore turret, the second at the foremost funnel and a third at the after turret.
 
As the battleship sank very quickly, many of the crew below deck had no time to escape. Of the complement of 750, about 570, including Capt. Shelford, were drowned. A full list of the casualties along with a list of the survivors can be seen at naval-history.net
 
In September 1914 she went to East Indies and in November 1914 she took part in the blockade of the German light cruiser S.M.S. Königsberg during the East African coastal blockade. Two crewmen died during her time in Africa
Signaller Frederick Parnell Waterson of Dublin died of his wounds at Malta on the 1st June 1915
 
References: naval-history.net (Battle Honours Dardanelles Campaign)
  wikipedia
  wrecksite
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