QM Pre-War

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project

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B1: One very interesting temporary feature captured in this particular vista, is the large rectangular structure, located in the boat well of the after superstructure. This was a water filled ballast tank, employed on such trials, to compensate for fittings not already installed. Or a measuring tank, designed to accurately calculate the boilers consumption, and efficiency of the condensers. (STL)


B2: A postcard view taken off Portsmouth, presumably between the 14 June and the 7 July, during her trials, a rather sombre and obscured image, but one which gives a very good impression of her fine lines through its silhouette effect. The trace of the large water tank carried aft can just be determined in this view. (RMM 20700/4882)


B3: The newly completed battlecruiser on her trials, probably taken in the Solent, with her light loading revealing a fair portion of her boot topping, giving her a high freeboard. Note the plume of water and ash emitted from her side abreast the after funnel, a discharge from one of its attendant boiler-rooms. Again the Royal Marine Museum at Eastney holds a duplicate commemorative postcard of this view, once belonging to Private William Edward Jago RMLI. (IWM Q39894 and RMM 14/2/2.252)


B4a, b, c, d, e and f: These six views all capture an interesting running sequence taken on the same day late 1913, on passage down the Solent. The White ensign now flies from her staff on the quarterdeck aft, with the presence of a considerable number of men on deck appreciated in this slow passage down the channel in the approaches to Portsmouth. Note the lightly protected canvas screened navigating bridge, no fore funnel identification band at this stage, and pole foremast supporting her initial basic spotting top. In the final picture, broad on her port beam her majestic appearance can be fully appreciated. Note also that she is now lying lower in the water, in comparison to her trials condition, due to being abundantly stored and provisioned. (IWM Q21661A and IWM 39895 and NMM ADU.1 and IWM Q39898)


B5: This image captures the completed Queen Mary in August 1913, after the addition of her torpedo nets. In this perspective can be seen a number of singular features possessed only by this particular battlecruiser, the light just catches the rather oval trace of the central funnel. Also worthy of comment in this excellent photograph, in a deep draught condition, along with the fixtures and fittings demanded by her anti-torpedo net defence. Here the obvious presence of her fitted torpedo net upon its deck edge shelve, renders this photo to her immediate trials period, confirmed by her possession of a funnel identification band. (NMM A12.190)


B6a and b: Fine pre-war studies in July 1914 on the eve of the First World War, moored in company with other units of the British Home Fleet at the review off Spithead. She cuts a striking image with her awnings rigged, boat booms out, quarterdeck accommodation ladder down. The epitome of Royal Navy might at rest, one of the newest and finest capital ships of that era. Just identifiable off her bow lays the super-dreadnought King George V, distinguishable because of her visible superstructure and identification band on her after funnel. While what looks like one of her four sisters lies stern. (MPL.561)


B7a and b: Taken around the time of the review in July 1914, capturing the Queen Mary of the 1BCS, on a slow sedate passage off Portsmouth with awnings rigged. Displayed here is the overall majestic appearance, as would have been displayed during her foreign cruises undertaken that year. Q39896and NMM ADU.2)


B8: An evocative commemorative postcard of Britannia’s might on the eve of The Great War, with HMS Queen Mary leading the mighty Battlecruiser Squadron of what would soon become the Grand Fleet. (Chris Bilham)

(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)