Ships hit during WWI

HMS Russell

NameHMS Russell
GRT14,000 tons (one of the largest ships hit)
Country  British
BuilderPalmer & Co., Jarrow
OperatorRoyal Navy
HistoryRussell commissioned for the Mediterranean Fleet in February 1903, returning to the U. K. and joining the Home Fleet in April 1904 and the Channel Fleet in April 1906, transferring to the Atlantic Fleet in February 1907. Russell returned to the Mediterranean in July 1909 until August 1912 when she became a unit of the 1st (Home) Fleet and the 2nd Fleet at The Nore in September 1913. On the outbreak of war Russell was with the 6th B.S, in the Channel, but was later attached to the Grand Fleet carrying out patrols in the North Sea. On 22 November 1914 bombarded Zeebrugge with Exmouth, before returning to the Grand Fleet for more North Sea patrols. Russell returned to the Mediterranean for the last time in November 1915, covering the withdrawal from Gallipoli on 7 January 1916.

U-boat attacks on Battleship Russell

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
127 Apr 1916U 73 (Gustav SieƟ)SunkMined, entrance of Malta harbour


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