HMS London

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Royal Navy battleship HMS London

HMS London served in the Mediterranean during 1906 and returned to the Nore in 1907, becoming flag ship of the Channel Fleet June 1908, and the flag ship to the Atlantic Fleet in 1910. Reduced to the 3rd battle squadron in 1912 but later transferred to the 5th battle squadron for experiments with Sea Planes. During these trials a hydro aeroplane took off from a ramp on board HMS London. During the outbreak of world war one she was used for channel patrols until dispatched to the Dardanelles during the early part of 1915. Transferred to the Adriatic in May 1915, and remained at Taranto until 1917. She returned to Britain for conversion to a minelayer, during refitting her forward 12 inch turret and guns were removed and the after turret was replaced by a 6 inch gun. The conversion enabled HMS London to carry 240 mines. She was placed in reserve until 1919 and broken up June 1920.

Armament:  four 12 inch guns in pairs, twelve 6 inch guns singles, sixteen 12 pdr guns, two 12 pdr guns, six 3 pdr guns, two maxims and four torpedo tubes.    Length: 400ft    Displacement: 15,000 tons.   Speed: 18 knots.   Complement: 750 (789 as flagship).

HMS London.

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HMS London as minelayer, 1917.

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HMS London photographed in 1918 after she was converted to a minelayer.  The camouflage is "Norman Wilkinson" dazzle camouflage. 

HMS London, as minelayer, 1917.

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Photograph of the quarter-deck of HMS London which was the flagship of Admiral Sir Charles Hotham who was the Commander-in-Chief of the ships at the Naval Review

Photograph shows HMS London at the Naval Review as she carries the Commander-in-Chief's flag 1902. The honourable position which was assigned to the London was largely due to the fact that she was the newest and most formidable battleship at the time.

The Foc'stle of HMS London in 1902

Postcard picture of HMS London

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A crew member of HMS London

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HMS London

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HMS London

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Crew members of HMS London in fancy dress

The crew of HMS London, some in fancy dress