Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dewar appointed as commanding officer of the British battle cruiser HMS Tiger according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad van het Noorden dated 26 September 1920


HMS Tiger

An item reported that the British captain Dewar (1) in the past released of his command over the HMS Royal Oak (2) after a court martial at Gibraltar, was now appointed as commanding officer of the battle cruiser HMS Tiger (3) stationed at Portsmouth, England.

1. Kenneth Gilbert Balmain Dewar (21 September 1879 Queensferry, Scotland-8 September 1964 Worthing, England), served in the Royal British Navy between 1893-1929, on 31 July 1934 promoted in the rank of vice admiral. Dewar was commanding officer of the Royal Oak and at the same time flag captain of admiral Collard. The relation between Dewar and his executive officer commander Henry Martin Daniel with admiral Collard were worse resulting in incidents. For Daniel meant the court martial an end of his career and he resigned.
2. Part of the Revenge-class although often referred to as the Royal Sovereign-class or even ‘R‘_class. There were totally 8 ships planned of which two the Renown and Repulse were built using another design as battle cruisers and the third one the Resistance was cancelled. The 5 sister ships were the Royal Oak, Royal Sovereign, Revenge, Ramillies and Resolution. Preceded by the Queen Elisabeth-class and to be succeeded by the planned but never realized N3 class and the realized Nelson-class. Laid down at the Navy Dockyard, Devonport, England on 15 January 1914, launched on 17 November 1914, commissioned on 1 May 1916 and sunk by the German submarine U-47at Scapa Flow on 14 October 1939. Pennant number 08. Building costs 2.468.269 pound sterling. Nicknamed The Mighty Oak.
3. Building ordered under the 1911-1912 Naval Programme. Laid down at John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland on 20 June 1912, launched on 10 December 1913, commissioned on 3 October 1914, in reserve since 22 August 1921, refitted in 1922, decommissioned on 14 February 1924. decommissioned at Rosyth, Scotland on 15 May 1931 and sold to Thos W. Ward, Inverkeithing be broken up in February 1932. Building costs included her armament 2.593.100 pond sterling.