H.M.S. Hampshire

 

H.M.S. Hampshire was a Devonshire class armoured cruiser. She was built for the Royal Navy by Armstrong, W.G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd. at Elswick. She was launched in 1903 and completed in 1905.
 
She served first with the 1st Cruiser Squadron, Channel Fleet before being refitted at Portsmouth in 1908 after which she assigned to the reserve Third Fleet.
 
She was re-commissioned in 1911 and assignmed to the 6th Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet and
 
In 1912 she was transferred to the China Station where she remained until the outbreak of war.
 
Her logbooks for the period October 1914 to February 1915 can be seen at www.naval-history.net. During this period she captured and sank a German merchantman and took part in hunt for the Emden.
 
She was refitted in Gibraltar in December 1914 before returning home to serve with the 6th Cruiser Squadron as part of the Grand Fleet to undertake patrol duties..
 
In November 1915 Hampshire was sent to the White Sea to protect shipping. She took part in the Battle of Jutland with the 2nd Cruiser Squadron but returned safely to Scapa Flow, in the Orkneys, on the 3rd June 1916.
 BRITISH SHIPS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR H.M.S. Hampshire BRITISH SHIPS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR IWM (Q 39007)
 
Two days later, on 5th June, she set out for Archangel, Russia, escorting the Minister for War, Lord Kitchener, on an urgent mission to meet with the Tsar of Russia
 
Forced to turn back by the appalling weather conditions just an hour into the voyage she was only a mile and half from shore when she exploded after hitting a German mine. Within fifteen minutes she had sunk.
 
In the heavy seas the lifeboats were either smashed during the lowering operations or became entangled in the main rigging. Two Carley rafts, one with around 70 men and the other with 40 or 50 men aboard made land but most of the occupants of the rafts had died before reaching the shore and still more died on the rocks before rescuers could come to their aid.
 
Of the 667 people aboard only 12 survived the sinking. Kitchener his staff were not amongst them. A full list of casualties, including Kitchener's civilian staff, as well as a list of the survivors, can be found at www.naval-history.net
 
The wreck of the Hampshire is now a controlled site under the Protection of Military Remains Act.
 
See also: www.hmshampshire.co.uk
  www.royalnavalmuseum.org
  www.scotsman.com
  wikipedia
  wrecksite
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