An item reported that on 8th July a fire broke out on board of the new British artillery training ship HMS Exmouth caused by short-circuit. While the fire was near by the 3 aft powder rooms were these rooms immediately flooded to prevent a disaster. Although it first seemed to be a minor fire at, became the fire more violent causing considerable damage.(1)
1. Laid down at Laird Brothers, Birkenhead, England on 10 August 1899, launched on 31 August 1901, baptized by Lady Alice Stanley, completed in May 1903, commissioned on 2 June 1903,refitted at Portsmouth Dockyard between April- May 1917, refitted at Malta 1908-1909, commissioned reserve and used as gunnery training ship at Devonport since 1 July 1913, paid off at Devonport to supply sailors for the anti submarine vessels in August 1917, accommodation ship since January 1918, decommissioned and for sale in April 1919 and sold to the Forth Shipbreaking Company be broken up on 15 January 1920. She was broken up in the Netherlands. Building costs 1.098.159 pond sterling. Of the Duncan-class consisting of the Duncan, Cornwallis, Montagu, Albemarle, Exmouth and Russell preceded by the London-class and succeeded by the King Edward VII-class. Designed as a British answer on the building programmes of France and Russia, the latter program including fast battleships. The Duncan-class was unofficially known as The Admirals.