QM Beatty’s Battlecruisers

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project

(Introduction) | (1910) | (1911) | (1912) | (1913) | (1914) | (1915) | (1916) | (Epilogue) | (The Ship) | (Battle Cruiser) | (Design) | (Protection) | (Ordnance) | (Machinery) | (Miscellaneous) | (Sources) | (Artwork) | (Photos - Build) | (Photos - Pre-War) | (Photos - On board) | (Photos - WW1) | (Photos - Beatty’s Battlecruisers) | (Photos - Miscellaneous)

E1 - HMS Invincible

E1: HMS Invincible - The epoch making battlecruiser, seen here in what was the ultimate expression of this conceptions envisaged anti-commerce raider capabilities, at the Battle of the Falklands. Captured in this one image is all the drama and action of this epic event. With her funnels billow forth vast quantities of eddying smoke, against which can be seen her masts and yards, draped with canvas range baffles, festooned with her large pristine battle ensign and smaller ensigns. As she endeavours to attain her decisive 25kts, her sharp stem cuts a high furrow through the cold waters of the South Atlantic, and her questing 12in guns are trained around, onto the bearing of the fleeing, but fate Von Spee. A single photograph taken of the heavily weathered Invincible, from the spotting top of the accompanying Inflexible, around noon on the 8 December l9l4, a simple snap but one which graphically illustrating all the power, and potential of such a majestic capital ship in its lens. Points of interest to note here are the temporarily removed anti-torpedo net defence and attendant booms, landed in her hurried preparations for her South Atlantic deployment, also her director on its foremast platform, which was not yet operational by the time of this battle. (MPL 541)

E2 - HMS Inflexible

E2: HMS Inflexible - In direct comparison to the action photograph of her sister above, we see this ship secure in the dry-dock at Gibraltar. A seemingly rather mundane subject, but again this image captures a scene of some historical interest. Since she is having the damage she received on the 18 March 1915, in the ill-fated Allied attempt to force the Turkish dominated Dardanelles, repaired. In this bombardment of the Turkish forts, she had been mined, the only British battlecruiser of this era to receive underwater damage, as well as taking six shell hits, eventually taking in an estimated 1,600t of water forward. Clearly presented in this view of her in dry-dock, between the 24 April to 15 June 1915, has to be her evident display of a unique camouflage scheme, concentrated around the area of her bows and funnels, just one of the many individual schemes advanced with during the early period of the First World War. (MPL 548)

E3 - HMS Indomitable

E3: HMS Indomitable - Shown here is this veteran towards the end of her active career in the Royal Navy. She now possesses a number of wartime additions and improvements, quite evident in comparison to the 1915 view of the Inflexible. Her provision of a flying-off platform, removed anti-torpedo net defence, enlarged and more enclosed bridge structure, along with the extended spotting top, training scales on her turrets, and director, are all evident here. (MPL 546)

E4 - HMS Indefatigable

E4: HMS Indefatigable - Aesthetically a more pleasing balance of features that the previous class. With her longer hull resulting in a more open, and potentially better distribution of her main armament. But little more, since there was no significant material, or protection advance inherent in her design. The employment of her accommodation ladder amidships, steam pinnace tied up off her starboard quarter, and swung out cutters aft, all present a picture of some character. (MPL 550)

E5 - HMS Australia

E5: HMS Australia - One of the two battlecruisers funded by the Dominions before the war. Again this is a pre-war view of this class with her light bridge structure, spread out 12in turrets in echelon amidships, and awning rigged. Presenting a very good portrait view of this subject. This could be a very early post-commissioning photograph of her, in a light load displacement, with a clearly revealed high free board. (MPL.549)

E6 - HMS New Zealand

E6: HMS New Zealand - The other much valued gift from a loyal Dominion. Seen here late in the war, with a number of important physical changes to her structure. Gone is her anti-torpedo net defence, while added is provision for launching Sopwith aircraft from ‘P’ and ‘Q’ turrets. Along with a greatly enlarged bridge, and spotting top structure forward. All features which will be quite obvious, upon inspection of the pre-war views of either of her two sisters. (MPL 551)

E7 - HMS Lion

E7: HMS Lion - The renowned flagship of Admiral Beatty, which was present at all the Major actions of the First World War in this celebrated capacity. Although of rather poor quality, this photo of this famous battlecruiser, probably undertaking a sweep of the North Sea. Has been incorporated to display her late war configuration and general appearance. In this her provision of a flying-off platform atop ‘X’ turret aft, no anti-torpedo nets, director fitted on the tripod legged foremast, can all be picked out. (MPL 556)

E8 - HMS Princess Royal

E8: HMS Princess Royal - Lying off Rosyth, the close similarity between the her and her two near sisters is quite obvious here, since all three all had a very pleasing balance of features and lines which gave them a very lean and graceful appearance. (MPL 559)

E9 - HMS Tiger

E9: HMS Tiger - Camouflaged in a novel multi tone grey paint finish, shown here in possibly late l9l4. The extent and nature of this two, or three tone, grey scheme can just be traced from this nice view, with the three tall, close, identical funnels, attracting favourable consideration. The follow-on design to the Queen Mary, she had an improved main armament distribution arrangement, grouped boilers, and a potent 6in secondary battery. All of which combined to produce one of the most pleasing silhouette ever created by a naval architect. Note all the main armament trained off the port bow, a gunnery control or gun-laying exercise is obviously taking place. As the ship rides at her moorings, in what could be her early wartime base of Cromarty, or perhaps Scapa Flow. (MPL564)

(Introduction) | (1910) | (1911) | (1912) | (1913) | (1914) | (1915) | (1916) | (Epilogue) | (The Ship) | (Battle Cruiser) | (Design) | (Protection) | (Ordnance) | (Machinery) | (Miscellaneous) | (Sources) | (Artwork) | (Photos - Build) | (Photos - Pre-War) | (Photos - On board) | (Photos - WW1) | (Photos - Beatty’s Battlecruisers) | (Photos - Miscellaneous)