HMS Goliath 1898

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HMS Goliath Built as Chatham Dockyard and laid down on the 4th January 1897, launched 23rd March 1898 and Completed March 1900,   one of the 5 ships of the class to serve in the  China station until returning to the Channel fleet in 1903 and in March 1907  went into refit, to receive Fire control and machinery overhaul  after which in February 1908 went to Malta while on route has a major mishap with a propeller shafts fractured which took another 4 months repair.  on returning to the 4th fleet  at the Nore from 1913 to 1914 served with the 3rd Fleet. At the outbreak of world war one HMS Goliath joined the 8th battle squadron of the Channel fleet, Then went to Loch Ewe to become Guard ship also covered the landings of Marines at Ostend and then went to the east Indies in September 1914. In November 1914 to part in the operation against the Konigsberg in the Rufiji River. and in April 915 went to the Dardanelle's While there suppli3ed gunfire support at Cape Helles. while there she was damaged by Turkish Gun fire on the 28th April and 2nd May 1915.  On the night of the 13th May she was torpedoed by the Turkish |Motor torpedo boat Muavenet and sank quickly with the loss of 570 men.

Displacement: 12,950 tons.   Length: 410 ft.   Beam: 74 ft.  Draught: 26.5 ft.   Complement: 750.   Armament: four 12 ins guns, twelve 6 ins guns, ten 3 ins guns, six 3 pounder guns and two maxims with four torpedo tubes.

 

HMS Goliath - Name History

The fourth ?GOLIATH? is a 16-gun twin-screw battleship, launched at Chatham in 1898.  She is of 12,950 tons, 13,500 horse- power, and 18 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 390ft., 74ft., and 26ft.  In 1900 the ?Goliath? commanded by Captain Lewis Edmund Wintz, played a minor part in the China War or ?Boxer Riots.?

HMS Goliath, 1900.

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HMS Goliath with SS Osmanieh c.1915.

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HMS Goliath.

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HMS Goliath after launch in 1898

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Article : The Launch of the Goliath    (Navy and Army Illustrated, April 16th, 1898)

On the day of the launch of a big war ship the whole dockyard holds high festival, and when the huge, unwieldy - when on shore - mass has been transferred from terra firma to its own natural element, and transformed into a she, with a distinct name and personality of its own, the rejoicing is general.  The illustrations which accompany represent the launch of the "Goliath", built at Chatham, the latest addition to our list if first class battleships.  The christening ceremony, which consists in breaking a bottle of wine over the bows of the vessel, and wishing her success in her ocean career, was performed by Lady Hotham, wife of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles F Hotham, K.C.B., Commander-in-Chief at the Nore.  She is the heaviest vessel ever yet launched at Chatham, and was in fact in a more advanced state towards completion than vessels usually are when launched, for her floating out weight was no less than 6,300 tons, or almost the exact half of the weight she will displace when completed and fully equipped for sea.  To this must be added another 300 tons for the cradle which is built round the forward and after ends of a vessel to bring the weight down on to the ways.  The ways, which are the roads down which the ship travels to the water, have of course to be heavily greased to help overcome the frictional resistance, and for this purpose no less than five tons of Russian tallow, and over a ton of train oil and soft soap, were used.  The "Goliath" has a great reputation to maintain, for the name has been borne by one of the most distinguished ships in the Navy.  The first "Goliath" - a 74 gun line of battle ship - took part in Jervis's great victory of St Vincent in 1797, where she was commanded by Sir Charles Knowles.  The same ship also took part in the bombardment of Cadiz, but her crowning glory came to her at the glorious battle of the Nile, in 1798.  At this - perhaps Nelson's most brilliant victory - the "Goliath" led the van and engaged the French 74's "Guerrier" and "Conquerant", suffering herself, but inflictingb compensating damage on the enemy. 

Three members of the crew of HMS Goliath.

Samuel Hamer of Wisewood, Sheffield, is on the right.  postcard was dated 7.15pm 18th January 1908, Portsmouth.  Message on reverse was 'Dear Bro and Sister' and they had taken this photo for a lark.  Many thanks to the granddaughter of Samuel, Dot Blaney, for sending this in.

 

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