Remember the Royal Navy

The naval history side of Old Weather is making tremendous progress. Our original set of logs covered Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries of the World War 1 era, a total of 317 ships of all types. We completed the transcription of these last year, but a dedicated group of volunteer editors are developing our transcriptions into full ship histories. Of these, 264 are formatted and online, 115 have been edited and a further 30 are being edited, which means we are close to editing 50 percent of the total. Bear in mind that some of the files are up to 4Mb in size, over 400 pages, and you will realise how much effort the editors are putting in, and of a standard that to my mind is simply professional.

Another way of looking at the scale of our work on the WW1 RN logs, is that of all the major British warships and auxiliaries – capital ships, cruisers, aircraft carriers, monitors, armed merchant cruisers – that served outside British waters from 1914 to 1918, the logs cover some 70 percent of movements.

Normally the RN ships are listed by name or by type, but the following list – still in preparation, gives some idea of just how much of World War 1 at sea outside British waters is covered including major campaigns, battles and actions, as well as the run up to War and after the armistice.

To my mind, of particular importance are the China Station ships (I imagine of great interest to modern Chinese historians), the patrols of the many armed merchant cruisers and their subsequent convoy escort duties in the WW1 equivalent of the 1939-45 Battle of the Atlantic, and the ships taking part in the various interventions against the Russian Bolsheviks in North Russia, the Baltic, Black Sea and Siberia in 1918-19.

Gordon


Pre-World War 1


British Isles waters,
English Channel Fleet


Canopus, Crescent

West and Central
Atlantic


Cornwall. Hermione

Cape Station


Astraea

South America


Glasgow

Mediterranean


Blenheim, Cornwall, Vindictive (1), Weymouth

East Indies Station,
including Persian Gulf


Dartmouth, Fox

China Station


Bramble, Cadmus, Kennet, Merlin (1), Otter, Ribble, Rosario, Thistle (1), Usk, Welland, Yarmouth

Pacific


Pyramus, Psyche, Sealark

Delivery of Australian
submarines AE.1 and 2 to Australia


Eclipse, Sydney (RAN)


World War 1


BRITISH HOME WATERS and NORTH SEA

Grand Fleet, including
Harwich Force, North Sea sweeps, Norwegian convoys, shake-down cruises etc


Acacia, Achilles, Albemarle, Canterbury, Commonwealth, Devonshire, Inconstant, Invincible, Leviathan, Phaeton, Princess Royal, Renown, Warrior (1), Weymouth, Yarmouth

Battle of Heligoland
Bight, 28 Aug 1914


Invincible

Battle of Dogger Bank,
24 Jan 1915


Princess Royal

10th Cruiser Squadron,
Northern Patrol, old cruisers


Crescent,

10th CS, Armed Merchant
Cruisers


Alcantara, Almanzora, Alsatian, Andes, Arlanza, Artois, Avenger, Changuinola, Columbella, Dryad, India, Kildonan Castle, Mantua, Motagua, Orcoma, Orotava, Orvieto, Otway, Patuca, Patia, Teutonic, Victorian, Virginian; believed to include trawler Tenby Castle

11th CS, Irish waters


Minerva, Venus

British waters,
including Dover Patrol (German destroyer raid), Auxiliary Patrol, convoy
escort, guardship


Amazon, Atalanta, Attack, Attentive, Jupiter, Parramatta, Sapphire, Tenby Castle, Thistle (2)

Zeebrugge Raid


Attentive

Minelaying, British
waters


Orvieto

Kite Balloon ship
operations


Patuca

Single ship action v
Leopard 1917


Achilles,


ARCTIC

Arctic/North Russia


Acacia, Albemarle, Arlanza, Attentive, Cochrane, Cockchafer, Glory, Jupiter, Teutonic, Vindictive (1)


NORTH AMERICA and ATLANTIC

North America &
West Indies Station


Achilles, Antrim, Bristol, Cochrane, Cumberland, Devonshire, Drake, Glory, Leviathan, Laurentic, Princess Royal, Warrior (2) (during flu epidemic), Weymouth

North Atlantic convoys
(1917-18)


Achilles, Almanzora, Alsatian, Andes, Antrim, Arlanza, Artois, Bayano, Carrigan Head, Cochrane, Columbella, Cornwall, Coronado, Cumberland, Devonshire, Drake, Kildonan Castle, Knight Templar, Lepanto, Leviathan, Naneric, Orama, Orcoma, Orvieto, Otranto, Patuca, Teutonic, Victorian, Virginian

Halifax explosion, 6
Dec 1917


Highflyer, Knight Templar,

Central and
Mid-Atlantic patrols, later convoy escort, incl Canaries, Cape Verdes, Sierra
Leone


Almanzora, Argonaut, Avenger, Britannia, Canopus, Celtic, Cornwall, Empress of Britain, Kent, Kildonan Castle, Mantua, Marmora, Minerva, Motagua, Ophir, Orama, Orotava, Otranto, Patia, Victorian

West Coast of Africa,
incl. German Cameroons campaign


Astraea, Laurentic, Rinaldo, Thistle (1)

SE coast of America
Station, incl. South Atlantic patrols and later, convoy escort


Africa, Bristol, Britannia, Canopus, Celtic, Dartmouth, Kent, Orama, Orvieto, Otranto, Vindictive (1)

German South West
Africa campaign


Astraea,

Battle of the
Falklands, 8 Dec 1914


Bristol, (Canopus), Carnarvon, Cornwall, Glasgow, Inflexible, Invincible, Kent, Macedonia


MEDITERRANEAN

Mediterranean, incl.
convoy escort


Acacia, Africa, Bacchus, Blenheim, Bristol, Empress, Exmouth, Euryalus, Glory, Jupiter, Kennet, Mantis, Minerva, Raven II, Ribble, Sapphire, Usk, Welland, Wonganella

Adriatic Force and
Italian Fleet


Bristol, Britannia, Sapphire

Aegean, incl
Dardanelles and Gallipoli


Albion, Amethyst, Ark Royal, Bacchus, Ben-My-Chree, Blenheim, Canopus, Colne, Chatham, Dartmouth, Empress, Euryalus, Glory, Goliath, Grafton, Hibernia, Implacable, Inflexible, Jed, Kennet, Minerva, Phaeton, Pyramus, Ribble, Sapphire, Usk, Vengeance, Welland

Egyptian waters


Empress, Venus

Defence of Suez Canal,
to 4 Feb


Clio, Himalaya, Minerva, Proserpine, Swiftsure


EAST INDIES STATION

East Indies Station,
incl Palestine campaign, Persian Gulf , German East Africa campaign, Indian
Ocean escort


Aphis, Astraea, Ben-My-Chree, Bramble, Cadmus, Cornwall, Dartmouth, Enterprise, Exmouth, Euryalus, Fox, Jupiter, Kent, Laurentic, Manica, Mantis, Mersey, Minerva, Northbrook, Odin, Ophir, Pyramus, Raven II, Rinaldo, Sapphire, Severn, Thistle (1), Trent, Venus, Weymouth,

Single ship action v
Königsberg


Mersey, Severn

Mesopotamian Campaign


Mantis, Odin,


CHINA STATION and PACIFIC

China Station


Bee, Cadmus, Cornwall, Euryalus, Kennet, Kinsha, Laurentic, Ophir, Otter, Rosario, TB.37, Teal,, Thistle (1), Usk, Venus, Virago, Welland, Whiting, Woodcock, Woodlark

Pacific, incl SW
Pacific and coast of Americas


Algerine, Kent, Ophir, Orama, Otranto, Pyramus, Una (RAN)

Battle of Coronel


Glasgow, Otranto


MISCELLANEOUS CATEGORIES

Major ship damage or
sinking reported in logs


Albemarle, Knight Templar, Motagua, Orama

Logs covering most or
all World War 1 Service


Ark Royal, Bayano, Bramble, Carrigan Head, Coronado, Knight Templar,





post-War

Repatriating POWs


Trent

British Isles waters or
in dock


Calliope, Caradoc, Erebus, Foyle, Weymouth, Yarmouth

Russian Intervention:



North Russian
Expeditionary Force


Bacchus, Cicala, Cockchafer, Cricket, Erebus, Glowworm, M.23, M.24, M.25, M.31, M.33, Mantis

Baltic Sea


Calypso, Caradoc, Dauntless, Delhi, Dragon, Empress, Erebus, Fortol, Vindictive (2)

Black Sea


Ark Royal, Canterbury, M.29,

Siberia


Kent,

Rumania/Danube River


Aphis, Severn

Atlantic Fleet


Barham, Coventry, Delhi, Dragon, Malaya, Valiant, Warspite

North America &
West Indies Station


Calcutta (including assistance to wrecked cruiser
Raleigh),
Cornwall, Dauntless, Fortol, Mutine

South America Station


Bristol, Dartmouth, Petersfield, Southampton

West Africa


Astraea, Thistle (1)

African Station


Birmingham, Dublin, Lowestoft

Mediterranean,
including Aegean


Canterbury, Merlin (1)

Somaliland Campaign


Ark Royal

East Indies Station,
incl Persian Gulf


Ark Royal, Bramble, Cairo, Caroline, Iroquois, Mantis, Merlin (1), Moth, Odin, Rapidol, Yarmouth

China Station, incl
Yangste River


Alacrity, Bee, Cadmus, Cairo, Carlisle, Cicala, Cockchafer, Cricket, Diomede, Hawkins, Hollyhock, Iroquois, Kent, Kinsha, Magnolia, Mantis, Merlin (1), Moth, Petersfield, Scarab, Tarantula, Teal, Titania, Virago, Whiting, Woodcock, Woodlark

Pacific


Una (RAN)

Round-the-World Tours
(or in part) or Voyages


Malaya, New Zealand, Renown, Temeraire (as training ship), Warrego (RAN)

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