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HMS Iron Duke 1914-1918

Old photograph of the Iron Duke, my wife's grandfather was an engine room articifer during that time.

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Hi Holmsey
Just noticed a ships aircraft in the background could it be a "Tiger Moth".Glad I wasn't around in those days with all that lead flying around,especially being in the engine room.
 

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HMS Iron Duke Built Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down January 1912, completed March 1914, cost £1,945,824 !!!!

Size:
Length 614 feet 3 inches waterline 623 feet 9 inches overall, beam 90 feet 1 inches, draught 32 feet 9 inches (deep), displacement 26,100 tons Standard, 31,400 tons full load.
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 29,000 shp, 21kts.

Armour: 12-4in belt, 10-3in barbettes, 11in turret faces, 2.5-1in decks
Armament: Main battery 10 x 13.5in 45cal MK V (5 x twin),
Secondary 12 x 6in (12 x 1), AA 4 x 3 pounder (4 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1),
Torpedoes 4 x 21in

Thses ships were an enlarged version of previous KGV class and were the first battleships to be fitted with AA guns.

Brief history : From August 1914-January 1917 she was the Flagship of Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and later Sir David Beatty..
She was present at the Battle of Jutland were she fired 90 rounds of 13.5 inch shells but was un-damaged in return.

she was converted to a gunnery training ship in 1931-2 her main battery was reduced to 6 guns in three twin turrets. She was moored at Scapa Flow but was badly damaged in a German air raid and was run aground on 17th October 1939.
Her guns were transferred to coastal artillery batteries. After basic repairs HMS Iron Duke then became a stationary depot ship until she was scrapped arriving at Faslane in Scotland 19th August 1946.

In the picture you can just make out a flying off platform on B Turret, this platform is empty so it may well be the 'Duke' plane.
I cannot exactly date this picture but she is fully armed so it definitely pre 1931 and post 1918. As a pure guess this could be Weymouth bay in 1927 - I have absolutely no idea on the plane

The battleship to the left is almost certainly HMS Canada ( single ship in the class )- Originally to be built for Chile as Almirante Latorre
 

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Hi Steve
I don't know where you get your information from also your recognition skills but it's brilliant.Look forward to more of your comments.
 

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Hi Smudger,
Iron Duke was easy!!, Canada was not to difficult those two slab sided funnels and the tall derrick post between them gave her away - even though you cannot see the whole ship.

I am just a (very) ammateur naval historian - I have a fairly good ref library and of course there is always the internet. I do not like war but you cannot forget what these men and there ships did
Steve W
 

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My Lenton & Colledge British warships 1914-1918 has Canada as being sold to Chile 4.20, which narrows it down even further
 

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