british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Goliath [+1915]
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nationality british
purpose war
type battleship
propulsion steam
date built 1900
weight (tons) 12950  grt
dimensions 118.87 x 22.56 x 7.62 m
engine 2 shafts, water tube boilers, 2 x vertical triple expansion steam engines, 15,400 ihp (11,500 kW), dual shaft, 2 screws
power 15400  i.h.p.
speed 18.25  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 13/05/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.570rank: 214
about people
Chatham Dockyard (Royal Navy), London
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
no. of crew 750
about the wreck
depth (m.) 70 max. / 55 min. (m)
war grave
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entered 02/02/2009
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last update 21/07/2014
[1] Lettens Jan04/02/2009
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Lettens Jan04/02/2009

HMS Goliath is lying just in the traffic of the Straits and special allowance must be asked in order to dive the wreck.

The wreck is in a bad condition and is torn apart. She is in a mud layer and lies turtle.Only some of her outher shell and her propeller can be seen.
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Lettens Jan13/05/2011HMS GOLIATH; Royal Navy 1st class battleship; built in 1900 at the Navy´s Chatham Dockyard; 12,950 tons; 418x74x26.5 ft.; 13,500 i.h.p.; 18.4 knots; triple expansion engine; 4 x 12" guns, 12 6", 9 x 12 pdr., 6 x 3 pdr., 2 m.g., 4 T.T.

  • HMS Goliath (Capt. T. L. Shelford) destroyed the German light cruiser Konigsberg during the East African coast blockading.
  • Ordered to the Dardanelles to join the 1st Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet in April.
  • HMS Goliath and HMS Cornwallis were ordered to support the French general in command at Kereves Dere and on 12th May 1915, they anchored in Morto Bay.

    The Turkish destroyer Muavenet-i-Milliye (Lt. Cdr. Firle) went for a torpedo attack, as conditions were ideal (dark and misty night).

    At about 1.15 on the morning of the 13th, Muavenet-i-Milliye was discovered by Goliath, but it was too late, as three torpedoes were already discharged.

    All three hit the Goliath, one at the fore turret, the second at the foremost funnel and a third at the after turret.

    As the battleship sank very quickly, many of the crew below deck had no time to escape. Of the complement of 750, about 570, including Capt. Shelford, were drowned.
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Allen Tony02/02/2009Goliath HMS was a Canopus Class Battleship built at Chatham in 1897. On the 13th May 1915 she was torpedoed and sunk by by a Turkish boat Mauvenet whilst laying at anchor Morto Bay, Turkey. She sank quickly with a heavy loss of life.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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