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Naval histories of the Royal Navy battleships HMS Inflexible. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Inflexible from its launch to its participation in major wars.  Also a notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Inflexible.at the 

Battle of Jutland

HMS INFLEXIBLE 26TH JUNE 1907 SOLD IN 1922.
 

HMS Inflexible - Name History

The fifth ?INFLEXIBLE? is a 24-gun turbine battle cruiser, launched at Clydebank in 1907.  She is of 17,250 tons, 41,000 horse-power, and 26 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 539ft., 78ft.,and 26ft. On September 1st, 1909, the ?Inflexible,? while commanded by Captain Henry H. Torlesse, hoisted the Union Flag Admiral of the fleet Sir Edward Hobart Seymour.  She thus became the first steam man-of-war to carry the Union of an Admiral of the fleet.  The last occasion of a union being hoisted at sea was when H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence (afterwards H.M. King William IV.)  did so in 1814, to receive the allied squadrons at Spithead, on the occasion of  Napoleon going to Elba.  On the day that the ?Inflexible? left Portsmouth the unusual sight was witnessed of a ship with two Union Flags flying.  That at the fore was the usual signal for a man-of-war leaving harbour, while the union flag of the Admiral of the fleet was being displayed at the main.  The battle cruiser proceeded to New York where the cruisers ?Drake,? which was flying the flag of Rear-Admiral F.T. Hamilton, ?Duke of Edinburgh,? and ?Argyll? joined the union.  The Admiral of the fleet was the representative of the British Nation at the Hudson-Fulton centenary celebrations, instituted by the state of New York in honour of the tercentenary of Henry Hudson?s discovery of the River Hudson and the practical centenary (really 102 years) of Robert Fulton?s launching the first steamer on that river.  The Admiral of the fleet, returning to England in the ?Inflexible,? struck his Union flag on October 19th, 1909.

HMS Inflexible, 1909.

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HMS Inflexible in dock, 1915.

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HMS  Inflexible.

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HMS Inflexible picking up survivors from the German heavy cruiser Gneisenau.

Alice of HMS Inflexible.

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Some of the Crew of HMS Inflexible photographed 1912

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Medals of CPO Louis Frank Appleton, who served on Inflexible, 1910 - 1912.  

The medals include a 1914/15 Trio (187208 PO/CPO L.F.Appleton. RN) Naval Long Service & GC Geo.V. (PO. HMS Inflexible) & Naval Good Shooting medal Geo.V. (PO. 1 CL. HMS Inflexible 1911 4 inch Q.F.).  Only 974 of the Naval Good Shooting medals were issued.

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The Gneisenaus desperate fight with the British battle cruisers Invincible and Inflexible.


The Gneisenaus desperate fight with the British battle cruisers Invincible and Inflexible.

When the Scharnhorst had been disposed of, there still remained the Gneisenau to contend with. Though her condition was almost as terrible as that of her sister ship, she continued a determined but ineffectual effort to fight the two battle cruisers Invincible and Inflexible. At half past five, when barely able to move, she headed towards the flagship, and it was thought that her guns had all been silenced. Admiral Sturdee at once gave the order for his ships to cease-fire. Before the order could be signalled, however, the Gneisenau opened fire again, and continued firing at intervals from the only gun remaining intact. But at six oclock she turned over, and in less than a minute sank to the bottom of the sea.
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PRINT First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown.
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Invincible and Inflexible Steaming Out of Port Stanley by W L Wyllie.


Invincible and Inflexible Steaming Out of Port Stanley by W L Wyllie.

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Invincible and Inflexible in Chase of Von Spees Squadron by W L Wyllie.


Invincible and Inflexible in Chase of Von Spees Squadron by W L Wyllie.

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