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Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:47 am

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The first HMS KING GEORGE V was a King George V-class of 1911 dreadnought, with a displacement of 23,400 tonnes and an armament of ten 13.5 inch guns in twin gun turrets and a secondary armament of sixteen 4 inch guns and had a crew complement of 870, though this increased substantially by 1916 to 1,110, and had a length of 597 feet.
HMS George V and a squadron of British ships were invited to attend the Kiel regatta in 1914 just before World War I. The visit was described by a German officer, Georg von Hase, who was assigned as aide to Vice Admiral Warrender and lived on board during the visit. He described the admiral's quarters, which included a large office, capacious bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. The dining room for the admiral's mess, where the visitors were entertained, occupied the entire width of the ship. A separate drawing room accompanied it. A second smaller suite was available, which Hase temporarily enjoyed before the arrival on board of the British ambassador to Germany, Edward Goschen. Thereafter he had to make do with a cabin on a lower deck, which was still roomy compared to German naval ships, but uncomfortable and hot. Cabins were not equipped with steam heating, as on German ships, but instead most had fireplaces. Each cabin had a large leather club chair and mahogany furniture. There was a separate wardroom for the officers, consisting of a dining room and separate lounge furnished with club chairs and leather sofas.
Hase described life for an English sailor, which might typically involve a tour of duty of two years on board ship, followed by a six month period ashore in which the crew might have leave. Sporting competitions were arranged in Kiel between English and German teams. Hase noted that the Germans won most of the events, except for football. He described the English sailors as noticeably small, that 70 men from HMS George V were under 17, while he considered that there was also a disproportionate number of older men. Comparing notes with the Gunnery Officer, Commander Brownrigg, he noted that whereas gunnery posts were considered the most prestigious on British ships, the torpedo division was the preferred appointment for German officers. Brownrigg discussed successful practice firings at ranges of 15 km, which seemed an enormous range to Hase. A few years later in World War I both sides strove to engage at even greater ranges.
Kaiser Wilhelm II visited the ship on an inspection tour, signing the visitors book which already contained the names of many famous people. An 'at home' was held on board to which all the notables of Kiel were invited, with Admiral Warrender's wife acting as hostess.
HMS KING GEORGE V took part in the Battle of Jutland, being the lead ship of the 1st Division of the 2nd Battle Squadron. Her sister-ships were HMS Centurion, HMS Audacious and HMS Ajax. HMS Audacious was sunk by a mine off the northern coast of Ireland; the rest survived World War I and were all decommissioned by 1924. HMS KING GEORGE V herself was decommissioned in 1919, used as a training ship between 1923–26. she was sold in December 1926 to Alloa Ship Breaking Company and arrived in Rosyth in January 1927 to be scrapped.
Ordered: 1910
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down: 16 January 1911
Launched: 9 October 1911
Commissioned: 1912
Decommissioned: 1924
Fate: Scrapped in December 1926
Class and type: King George V-class battleship
Displacement: 23,400 tons
Length: 598 ft (182 m)
Beam: 89 ft (27 m)
Draught: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Propulsion: Parsons steam turbines producing 31,000 shp, driving 4 propellers
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Complement: 900
Armament: 10 × BL 13.5-inch (342.9 mm) Mk V guns (5×2)
16 × BL 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk VII guns
3 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
Delandre label
Sources: Wikipedia;

Peter Crichton

In May 1941, the German battleship BISMARCK destroyed the British battle-cruiser HMS HOOD with the loss of more than 1,400 men. As the flagship of Admiral Sir John Tovey, HMS KING GEORGE V played a key role in the Royal Navy’s subsequent hunt for BISMARCK, involving dozens of British warships and aircraft. The BISMARCK was eventually sunk by Tovey’s fleet. The KING GEORGE V was then deployed on Arctic convoy duty before joining the British Pacific Fleet, being present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. After the war, a brief spell as flagship of the Home Fleet was followed by service as a training vessel. The battleship was mothballed in 1950 and scrapped in 1958. Royal Mail commissioned artist, Robert G Lloyd, to create an original piece of artwork of the HMS KING GEORGE V for the stamp issue.

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