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Abercrombie Class Monitors.   Soon after the outbreak of World war One  the president of the Bethlehem Steel company  contacted Winston Churchill the First Lord of the admiralty. on the 3rd of November 1914. and offered for sale Four Twin Turrets armed with two 14-inch Guns in each. (This guns were originally for the Greek Naval ship Salamis, but would never get their destination due to the British Blockade. ) Winston Churchill saw the possibility. The Royal navy were in need of shallow draft ships with the armament for heavy shore bombardment.  The Admiralty purchased the guns and set to work in investigating the  potential of producing Four monitors.  The final design was rushed through  without  thorough testing including tank tests.  the final  ships were unwieldy and slow.

Initially they were called the Styx class but soon were allocated M1 - to M4. These names remained until February 1915, when it was arranged to give them American names to acknowledge the guns US Origins.  M! was to be Admiral Farragut, M2 General Grant, M3 was to be Robert E Lee  M4 was to be Stonewall Jackson. But because the guns were sold to Britain, which was a flagrant breach of US Neutrality they were horridly renamed.  M1 was to be HMS Abercrombie, M2 HMS Havelock, M3 was to be called Lord raglan but the name was shortened to HMS raglan, M4 was to be called Earl Roberts but again shortened to HMS Roberts.  These four ships had been designed to carry seaplanes but did not carry them for very long as it was found that land based aircraft called do naval sea spotting more efficiently, also the aircraft which were fitted on top of the turret, had to be hoisted off and over the side, while the ships guns were used to protect the aircraft against blast damage. In  September 1917 HMS Abercrombie experimented with a Sopwith Schneider, and HMS Ragland on two occasions carried seaplanes, In October 1916 a Short166 and In September 1917 a Short 184,  HMS Roberts also carried a Short 166 in September 1915 for a few weeks.

HMS Abercrombie 15th April 1915 Sold in 1927.
HMS Havelock 29th April 1915 Sold in 1927.
HMS Raglan 29th April 1915 Sunk on 20th January 1918.
HMS Roberts 15th April 1915 Sold in 1936.

HMS Abercrombie

HMS Abercrombie, 1919.

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HMS Abercrombie, 1919.

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HMS Havelock

HMS Havelock, at breakers, 1927.

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HMS Raglan

HMS Raglan, 1915.

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HMS Raglan, 1915.

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You ask for details of former crew of the Raglan. Attached is a picture of Charles Thomas Grant of Brighton, killed in the
final action off Imbros  (Details from an email)

Built by Harland and Wolff, at Belfast and laid down on the 1st  December 1914, launched 29h April 1915 and completed in June 1915. and commissioned June 1915, It went straight to the Dardanelle's (in company with the cruiser HMS Diana) to carry out bombardment duties and became part of the 1st division between September 1915 to January 1916. After the evacuation form the Dardanelle's HMS Raglan served in the Aegean . At Port Said she was involved in operation against the Turks in Southern Palestine, returning to Imbros in January 1917. Along with HMS Abercrombie her duty was to Guard against the possible breakout of the German ships Breslau and Goeben. forming the 2nd detached Squadron along with some smaller monitors.. On the Morning of the 20th January 1920. HMS Raglan was being shelled by accurate fire from the Breslau  soon followed by shots form the Goeben. She quickly became engulfed in Fire and after being abandoned she sank in shallow water. she lost a total of 127 dead during the action. Later the Guns and other valuable equipment was salvaged.

HMS Roberts

HMS Roberts with Short 166 on board, 1915.

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HMS Roberts, 1915.

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