HMS Invincible

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

HMS Invincible was attached to the 1st Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet at the end of 1908. At the Falkland Islands on 8th December 1914 HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible destroyed Admiral von Spee's Cruiser Squadron, including Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. HMS Indomitable assisted HMS Lion after the battle of Dogger Bank in 1915. HMS Inflexible took part in the Dardanelles operations in 1915 but was mined and badly damaged needing 3 months of repairs. All three ships were present at the Battle of Jutland, HMS Invincible blew up and sank after a hit from Lutzow with the loss of 1,026 crew. The two surviving ships were eventually scrapped on 1st December 1921.

HMS INVINCIBLE 13TH APRIL 1907 SUNK 31ST MAY 1916.
 

HMS Invincible - Name History

The eighth ?INVINCIBLE? is a 24-gun turbine battle cruiser, launched at Elswick Yard in 1907.  She is of 17,250 tons, 41,000 horse-power, and 26 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 530ft., 78ft., and 26ft.   She was the first British warship to be fitted with an entirely electrical installation for working her 12-inch turret guns.  The apparatus was not successful and was removed in 1914.

HMS Invincible was attached to the 1st Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet at the end of 1908. At the Falkland Islands on 8th December 1914 HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible destroyed Admiral von Spee's Cruiser Squadron, including Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. HMS Indomitable assisted HMS Lion after the battle of Dogger Bank in 1915. HMS Inflexible took part in the Dardanelles operations in 1915 but was mined and badly damaged needing 3 months of repairs. All three ships were present at the Battle of Jutland, HMS Invincible blew up and sank after a hit from Lutzow with the loss of 1,026 crew. The two surviving ships were eventually scrapped on 1st December 1921.

Pictured on the left are HMS Invincible's forward guns.

 

Displacement: 28,500 without bulges, 30,100   Speed: 21.0 knots   Compliment: 780-800

Armament: Eight 12-inch guns in pairs and sixteen 4 -inch guns.  One 3 inch anti aircraft gun in 1915 and from 1916 two 4 inch Anti Aircraft Guns.

HMS Invincible, 1912.

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HMS Invincible, 1912.

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HMS Invincible, December 1914.

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HMS Invincible.

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HMS Invincible, photograph published 1915.