british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Hermes (+1914)
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general
nationality british
purpose war
type cruiser (light)
propulsion steam
date built 1898
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 5600  grt
dimensions 106.7 x 16.5 x 6.7 m
engine 2 x 4 Cylinder Triple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
armament Eleven x 6 in quick firing guns Nine x 12pdr quick firing guns Six x 3pdr quick firing guns Two x 18 in torpedo tubes
power 10000  i.h.p.
speed 20  knots
yard no. 401
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 31/10/1914  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.22rank: 630
about people
builder
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
owner
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 35 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 01/07/2002
last update Allen Tony
last update 07/04/2014
 
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[1] Lettens Jan08/10/2008
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Huge wreck. Lies completely turtle, but entry is possible on the bottom side. According to rumours, two planes are still in the wreck. Do not forget to bring a guidance cord with you when attempting to enter the wreck, as you can enter very deep into the wreck. Visibility is usually good.

Oliver Paul21/05/2008

The maximum depth i have had on her is 32m on the seabed and the general depth is 29m. One side is just plan hull similar to the Scapa wrecks, if you just have this cross over the wreck the other side as it is much more interesting.

 



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Lettens Jan04/12/2010HMS Hermes, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Glasgow in 1898 and owned at the time of her loss by the Royal Navy, was a British seaplane carrier of 5600 tons.

On October 31st, 1914, HMS Hermes was sunk by the German submarine U-27 (Bernd Wegener), 8 miles WNW of Calais. 22 persons were lost.
Allen Tony07/04/2008HMS Hermes was sunk by German submarine U-27 off the Ruylingen Bank on the 31st October 1914.
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 Stuart Cameron, clydesite.co.uk
Lettens Jan06/08/2007Built by Fairfield and completed 5 Oct 1899. This 3 funnel protected cruiser from the Highflyer Class was outfitted as a seaplane carrier during april-may 1913 for trials purposes. Torpedoed and sunk 31 October 1914 while serving as aircrafttransport by U-27 (commander Wegener) in Dover Straits.

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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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 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Between the two World Wars Fairfield, Glasgow's largest shipyard, built many famous ships for customers which included Anchor Line, Donaldson Line, Canadian Pacific Line and Orient Line. A financial crisis at Fairfield in 1965 led to the formation of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. UCS collapsed in 1971, but a determined campaign by shipyard workers ensured that the yard survived as Govan Shipbuilders. - The yard was sold in 1988 to the Norwegian company Kvaerner. Kvaerner Govan specialised in the design and build of large, sophisticated gas and chemical carriers as well as specialist, one-off vessels for a wide range of uses. Defence contractors BAE Systems acquired the yard in 1999, after Kvaerner decided to pull out of shipbuilding. As the sole remaining builder of merchant ships in Glasgow, the yard has strong hopes of future prosperity in the 21st century.

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