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Great war

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Great war

The first world war between all of the great powers




SMS Kronprinz is Commissioned

Feb 21, 1914

SMS Kronprinz is commissioned into the German High Seas Fleet

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Location: Germany



Childers joins the Navy

Aug 1914

Erskine Childers volunteers to join the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

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Location: Britain



German Ships Seized

Aug 1914

SS Rabenfels and SS Aenne Rickmers are seized at Port Said in Egypt

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Location: Port Said



Robeck joins HMS Amphitrite

Aug 1914

Rear-Admiral John de Robeck raises his flag on the protected cruiser HMS Amphitrite. He captured the German liners SS Schlesien and SS Graecia while on this ship.

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Location: Britain



HMS Lord Nelson Goes to Portland

Aug 1914

HMS Lord Nelson becomes the flagship of the Channel Fleet at Portland

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Location: Weymouth



9Th Cruiser Squadron

Aug 1914

HMS Vindictive is assigned to the 9th Cruiser Squadron

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Location: Britain



HMS Theseus joins the 10Th Cruiser Squadron

Aug 1914

HMS Theseus joins the 10th Cruiser Squadron. In last august Russian forces in the Baltic captured copies of the German Navy codebook and Theseus was dispatched from Scapa Flow to Alexandrovosk in order to collect the copies offered to the British.

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Location: Baltic



The Pursuit of Goeben And Breslau

Aug 04, 1914

Winston Churchill sends the Mediterranean Fleet after the SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau

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Location: Mediterranean



First Shot of the War

Aug 05, 1914

HMS Lance and HMS Landrail go to investigate ships dropping mines. HMS lance opens fire with her 4-inch guns, the first shots from the British in the Great War.

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Location: North Sea



HMS Canopus is Commissioned

Aug 07, 1914

HMS Canopus is commissioned into the 8th Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet, under the command of Captain Heathcoat Grant.

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Location: Britain



The Escape of the Goeben And Breslau

Aug 10, 1914

The Goeben and Breslau escape the British and reach Constantinpole

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Glasgow Captures Ship

Aug 14, 1914

HMS Glasgow captures the German merchant ship Santa Catharina in the off Brazil

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Location: South America



HMS Canopus Goes to the Canary Islands

Aug 21, 1914

HMS Canopus is sent to Cape Verde in the Canary Islands Station to support the cruiser squadron there

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Location: Atlantic



HMS Empress Transports RNAS to Belgium

Aug 25, 1914

SS Empress is commissions as HMS Empress and used to transport equipment for the Eastchurch Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service to Ostend in Belgium. QF 2-pounder guns also were also fitted to give her some means of self defense.

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Location: Belgium



HMS Empress is Converted to a Seaplane Carrier

Aug 30, 1914

HMS Empress is converted to a seaplane carrier at Chatham Dockyard. The aircraft were housed in canvas hangars and cargo booms were added to lift them in and out of the sea.

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Location: Chatham



Carden is Given the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron

Sep 1914

Rear-Admiral Sackville Carden is appointed as the commander of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron, which was operating under the overall command of the British alliance with them.

Carden is given the eastern Mediterranean squadron

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Engadine is Commissioned

Sep 01, 1914

HMS Engadine is commissioned and assigned to the Harwich Force. She had been converted to carry seaplanes at Chatham Dockyard by adding three canvas hangars and derricks for getting the seaplanes in and out of the sea.

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Location: Chatham



HMS Theseus Arrives in Alexandrovosk

Sep 1914

HMS Theseus arrives in Alexandrovosk to collect copies of the German code books.

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Location: Baltic



HMS Ark Royal is Launched

Sep 05, 1914

HMS Ark Royal is launched. She is the first purpose built seaplane carrier. When her keel had been laid down she was going to be a tramp steamer. While she was being built the Royal Navy bought her and adapted her into a seaplane carrier. She was as an experimental design with one unique feature, a sail. A mizzen mast was added with a small sail to keep her flight deck head to wind when operating her aircraft.

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Location: Britain



HMS Riviera is Commissioned

Sep 06, 1914

HMS Riviera is commissioned at Chatham were she had been modified for seaplanes. She had had 3 canvas hangars fitted, along with two derricks for getting her aircraft in or out of the sea.

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Location: Chatham



Keyes is Appointed as a Naval Aide-De-Camp

Sep 15, 1914

Commodore Keyes is appointed as a naval aide-de-camp to the King

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Location: Britain



HMS Empress joins Harwich Force

Sep 30, 1914

HMS Empress is assigned to the Harwich Force along with Engadine and Riviera

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Location: Britain



HMS Canopus joins Cradock's Squadron

Oct 04, 1914

Rear-Admiral Cradock's cruiser squadron is receives the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Canopus. She is the only ship with guns large enough to dent the German squadron that he was hunting, but could only make 12 knots.

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Location: South America



German Code Books Handed to Winston Churchill

Oct 13, 1914

The code books collected by HMS Theseus are formally handed over by their Russian couriers to Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

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Location: Britain



Whitworth is Made Lieutenant-Commander

Oct 31, 1914

Lieutenant Whitworth is promoted to Lieutenant-Commander

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Location: Britain



HMS Vengeance Goes to Alexandria

Nov 1914

HMS Vengeance is transfered to Alexandria in order to act as a guard ship for the Suez Canal

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Location: Alexandria



HMS Philomel Arrives in Singapore

Nov 12, 1914

HMS Philomel arrives in Singapore after hunting SMS Emden in the Indian Ocean. She then escorts 3 troopships through the Suez Canal.

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Location: Singapore



Baron Roberts Dies

Nov 14, 1914

Baron Roberts dies while visiting Indian troops in France. His body was returned to Britain and given a state funeral before being buried in St Paul's Cathedral

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Location: France



HMS Lord Nelson Goes to Sheerness

Nov 14, 1914

HMS Lord Nelson transfers to Sheerness

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson Writes to Lord Derby

Dec 24, 1914

Major-General Rawlinson writes to Lord Derby forecasting that the Entente powers could win a war of attrition, but that it would take years to achieve.

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Location: Britain



Cuxhaven Raid

Dec 25, 1914

Aircraft from the seaplane carriers of the Harwich Force to raid a Zeppelin base

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Location: Europe



HMS Lord Nelson Goes Back to Portland

Dec 30, 1914

HMS Lord Nelson goes back to Portland

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Location: Weymouth



SS Ben-My-Chree Convert to a Seaplane Carrier

Jan 01, 1915

The Royal Navy charters SS Ben-my-Chree to convert her into a seaplane carrier. Her aft superstructure was removed to make way for a hanger with space for up to 6 seaplanes. She was also fitted with a ramp on her forward superstructure to allow her aircraft to fly off without needing to be lowered into the sea. She was also given four (QF) 12-pounder 18 cwt guns, and two Vickers three-pounder AA guns for self defense.

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Location: Britain



German Ships Requistioned to Operate Seaplanes

Jan 1915

SS Rabenfels and SS Aenne Rickmers are requistioned to operate seaplanes. This does not require any significant modifications as the ships were already equipped with cranes for handling cargo that will be used to lower the aircraft to the sea and then pick them up again.

They are given two French Nieuport floatplanes each to be flown by French pilots with British observers.

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Location: Port Said



HMS Vindictive Goes to South America

1915

HMS Vindictive is stationed off the southeast coast of South America

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Location: South America



Bombardier Finch is Promoted to Corporal

1915

Bombardier Finch is promoted to Corporal

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Location: Britain



HMS Philomel in the Mediterranean

Jan 1915

After a refit in Malta HMS Philomel begins operations against the Ottoman Empire

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Location: Mediterranean



Carpenter Promoted to Commander

1915

Lieutenant Carpenter is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



Sturdee Becomes Baronet

Jan 1915

Vice-Admiral Sturdee is created Sir Frederick Doveton Sturdee, 1st Baronet of the Falkland Islands

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Location: Britain



Robeck Becomes 2 in C of the Eastern Mediterranean

Feb 1915

Rear-Admiral John de Robeck became second-in-command of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron under Admiral Sackville Carden, with his flag on HMS Vengeance

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Location: Mediterranean



Admiralty Buys Requisitioned Ships

Feb 1915

The admiralty buys the ships that it had requisitioned and has them turned into seaplane carriers

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Location: Britain



HMS Philomel Landing Party

Feb 08, 1915

HMS Philomel lands a landing party in Southern Turkey. They encounter a large Turkish formation and 3 sailors are killed in the fight. These are the first New Zealanders killed serving with a New Zealand formation.

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Location: Anatolia



HMS Philomel Paid Off

Mar 1915

HMS Philomel arrives in Wellington Harbour to be paid off. She is then covered into a depot ship to support minesweeping operations.

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Location: New Zealand



Bombardment of Smyrna

Mar 04, 1915

SS Aenne Rickmers joins an Allied flottila that were going to bombard Smyrna in Anotolia

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Location: Anatolia



SS Aenne Rickmers Damaged

Mar 11, 1915

The Turkish torpedo boat Demir Hisar attacks the allied flottilla. One torpedo punches a hole in the Number 1 cargo hold of SS Aenne Rickmers. Luckily this was full of timber which limited water ingress and stopped her from sinking allowing her to get to Mudros for repairs to following day.

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Location: Mediterranean



Sturdee Commands the 4Th Battle Squadron

Mar 15, 1915

Vice-Admiral Sturdee is given command of the 4th Battle Squadron in the Grand Fleet, with his flag in the battleship HMS Benbow

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Location: Britain



Monitors Ordered

Mar 15, 1915

As part of the War Emergency Programme of ship construction a series of Monitors are ordered.

M29 is used as the pattern for:

  • M33

M15 is used as the pattern for these ships:

  • m21
  • m25
  • m27
  • m31
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Location: Britain



Crew Transfer

Mar 20, 1915

SS Rabenfels transfers sailors and aircraft from the damaged SS Aenne Rickmers at Mudros leaving only a five-person skeleton crew behind

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Location: Greece



SS Aenne Rickmers Runs Aground

Apr 06, 1915

SS Aenne Rickmers dragged her anchors and ran aground on a sandy beach

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Location: Greece



HMS E.14 Sinks Troopship

May 03, 1915

HMS E14 torpedoes the Ottoman transportship Gul Djemal with 4,000 soldiers on board

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Location: Sea of Marmara



SMS Stettin Goes to the Baltic Sea

May 07, 1915

SMS Stettin is transferred to the Baltic Sea to attack the Russian positions at Libau

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Location: Baltic



HMS Empress is Modified

May 09, 1915

HMS Empress is modified in Liverpool to add a permanent, four-aircraft, hangar in the rear superstructure. Her defensive armament was also replaced with four QF 12-pounder 12 cwt guns, and two Vickers QF 3-pounder anti-aircraft guns.

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Location: Liverpool



SS Aenne Rickmers is Refloated

May 12, 1915

SS Aenne Rickmers is repaired and refloated

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Location: Greece



SS Aenne Rickmers Arrives in Alexandria

May 14, 1915

SS Aenne Rickmers arrives in Alexandria

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Location: Egypt



Monitors Launched

May 22, 1915

HMS M. No. 33 and HMS M. No. 29 are launched at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast

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Location: Ireland



HMS M. No. 21 is Launched

May 27, 1915

HMS M. No. 21 is launched from the Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd shipyard at Govan

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Location: Britain



Arab Revolt Planning

Jun 1915

Hussein ibn Ali and his sons discus the possibility of a revolt against Ottoman rule in Ta'if.

  • Faisal counselled caution
  • Ali argued against rebellion
  • Abdullah advocated action

After this discussion Hussein ibn Ali decides to explore the possibility of getting British support as this would be vital it their revolt was going to win.

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Location: Arabia



HMS M. No. 29 is Completed

Jun 1915

HMS M. No. 29 is completed

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Location: Britain



HMS Rabenfels is Commissioned

Jun 12, 1915

SS Rabenfels is commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Rabenfels. She is equipped with British Short Type 184, Sopwith Schneider, Sopwith Baby and Short Admiralty Type 827 floatplanes

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Location: Red Sea



Airship L10 Attacks the Tyne

Jun 15, 1915

The German airship L10 attacks targets on the Tyne, bombing Jarrow, Wallsend and South Shields. 18 were killed and 72 wounded by L10's bombs. HMS Brilliant was the guard ship for the Tyne and fires at L10, but the German airship was undamaged.

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Location: Britain



HMS M. No. 23 is Launched

Jun 17, 1915

HMS M. No. 23 is launched at the Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd shipyard at Govan

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Location: Britain



SS Aenne Rickmers is Replaired

Jun 18, 1915

Repairs are completed on SS Aenne Rickmers and her cargo is removed.

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Location: Egypt



HMS M. No. 33 is Commissioned

Jun 24, 1915

HMS M. No. 33 is commissioned

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Location: Britain



HMS M. No. 31 is Launched

Jun 24, 1915

HMS M. No. 31 is launched at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast

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Location: Britain



SS Aenne Rickmers Sails to Port Said

Jul 1915

SS Aenne Rickmers sails to Port Said with a temporary crew

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Location: Port Said



HMS M. No. 15 is Towed to Malta

Jul 1915

M15 is towed to Malta to receive her main armament. After that she will be sent to Mudros, and from there she is sent to take part in the defence of the Suez Canal.

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Location: Malta



Ems River Mission

Jul 03, 1915

Seaplanes from HMS Engadine and HMS Riviera attempt to scout up the river Ems in order to try and find a Zeppelin. Two of Engadine's three Sopwith Schneider floatplanes were wrecked on takeoff, and the third badly damaged.

One of HMS Riviera's Short Brothers floatplanes was able to get airborne and dropped a few small bombs with little effect. He was able to find his ship again by looking for the four Zeppelins that were observing her.

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Location: Europe



HMS M. No. 31 is Completed

Jul 09, 1915

HMS M. No. 31 is completed at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast and sent to the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Hussein Seeks British Support

Jul 14, 1915

Hussein ibn Ali exchanges letters with Sir Henry McMahon and Sherif Hussein about the possibility of a revolt. Sir Henry McMahon kept Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, informed of about the letters who briefed the rest of the British government.

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Location: Mecca



SS Aenne Rickmers Searches for U-Boats

Jul 18, 1915

SS Aenne Rickmers rendezvoused with the French armoured cruiser Jeanne d'Arc at Scarpanto to search the Turkish coast for U-boat bases and observed while the French ship bombarded coastal installations.

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Location: Anatolia



HMS Suva is Commissioned

Jul 20, 1915

SS Suva is commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Suva at Garden Island in New South Wales. She was then armed with two QF 4.7 inch guns so that she could be used as an armed boarding steamer

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Location: Australia



HMS M. No. 25 Launched

Jul 24, 1915

HMS M. No. 25 is launched

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Location: Britain



German Ships Renamed

Aug 05, 1915

HMS Rabenfels is renamed HMS Raven II and SS Aenne Rickmers is renamed HMS Anne

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Location: Egypt



Bombardment of Tarsus

Aug 17, 1915

The French cruiser Jeanne d'Arc bombards Tarsus assisted by spotting by the float planes of HMS Anne and HMS Raven II

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Location: Anatolia