HMS Warrior (1905)


HMS Warrior (1905)

HMS "Warrior" was a "Duke of Edinburgh" class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was built several years before the outbreak of the First World War.

She was launched on 25 November 1905 at Pembroke Dockyard and completed on 12 December 1906. On completion, she served in the Home Fleet until 1913, when she was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet. She was involved in the pursuit of "Goeben" and "Breslau" at the outbreak of the war.

"Warrior" joined the Grand Fleet in December 1914. At the Battle of Jutland, she was part of the ill-fated 1st Cruiser Squadron under Rear Admiral Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot. Three of the four ships in the squadron were sunk during the battle, including "Warrior". On 31 May, starting at 18:05, she came under fire from the German battlecruisers while attacking German light cruisers. She was initially badly damaged by gunfire, and had her engine room wrecked and flooded. She was taken in tow by the seaplane tender HMS "Engadine" who took off her surviving crew of 743. She was abandoned in a rising sea at 08:25 on 1 June when her upper deck was only 4 feet (1.2 m) above the water, and subsequently foundered.

References

* Robert Gardiner, ed., "Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906 - 1921", (Conway Maritime Press, London, 1985)
* R.A. Burt, "Warships Illustrated Number 12, British Cruisers of World War I", (Arms and Armour Press, London, 1987)
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