HMS Swiftsure

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HMS Swiftsure.   Launched 12th January 1903. Served in the Home Fleet until July 1906 where HMS Swiftsure joined the Channel Fleet until October 1908. She moved to the Mediterranean between March 1909 and May 1912, returning to the 3rd Fleet at Portsmouth in May. Swiftsure went into refit September 1912 to March 1913. After refit, she became the flag ship to the East Indies Squadron and during August 1914 began Red Sea patrols and escorted Indian troop ships to Aden. November 1914, HMS Swiftsure became the flag ship to the navy forces defending the Suez canal. She went to the Dardanelles in March 1915 and took part in the bombardments, staying until after the evacuation and returned to Chatham in December 1915 and went into reserve. After the first world war, HMS Swiftsure was used as a target ship in 1919, being broken up in June 1920.

Armament: four 10 inch guns in pairs, fourteen 7.5 inch guns in singles, fourteen 14 pdr guns, two 2 pdr guns, four maxims and two torpedo tubes.  Displacement: 11,800.  Complement: 700.   Speed: 20 knots.

HMS SWIFTSURE 12TH JANUARY 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH JUNE 1920

HMS Swiftsure, 1904.

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HMS Swiftsure, 1904.

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HMS Swiftsure

HMS Swiftsure.

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HMS Swiftsure

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HMS Swiftsure

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HMS Swiftsure

HMS Swiftsure

HMS Swiftsure.

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HMS Swiftsure.

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Picture sent in by Nigel Dyke shows the monument erected by George Davies' shipmates from HMS Swiftsure.

 

Picture sent in by Nigel Dyke whose great uncle George Davies is pictured whilst serving with HMS Victory. George died on 5th Feb 1910 aged 23 years while serving on HMS Swiftsure.