- HMS Majestic during the Great War -
If you enjoy this site please consider making a donation.
Add Stories & Photos
Day by Day
War in the Air
Prisoners of War
The Royal Navy
Training for War
Those Who Served
Women at War
Life on Home Front
Central Powers Army
Central Powers' Navy
World War Two
Add Stories & Photos
Help & FAQ's
Our Facebook Page
Great War Books
Research your Family History.
World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
1st September 1914 U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-21
Type U 19 Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 15) Ordered 25 Nov 1910 Laid down 27 Oct 1911 Launched 8 Feb 1913 Commissioned 22 Oct 1913.
22 Oct 1913 - 31 Aug 1918 Otto Hersing 1 Sep 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Friedrich Klein
Career 11 patrols.
start date unknown - 4 Mar 1917 Pola Flotilla.
1 Aug 1914 - 5 Jun 1915 III Flotilla.
5 Jun 1915 - end date unknown Constantinople Flotilla.
4 Mar 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 III Flotilla.
Successes 36 ships sunk with a total of 79,005 tons.
2 ships damaged with a total of 8,918 tons.
4 warships sunk with a total of 34,575 tons.
- 5 Sep 1914 U 21 Otto Hersing Pathfinder (hms) 2,940 br
- 23 Nov 1914 U 21 Otto Hersing Malachite 718 br
- 26 Nov 1914 U 21 Otto Hersing Primo 1,366 br
- 30 Jan 1915 U 21 Otto Hersing Ben Cruachan 3,092 br
- 30 Jan 1915 U 21 Otto Hersing Kilcoan 456 br
- 30 Jan 1915 U 21 Otto Hersing Linda Blanche 369 br
- 25 May 1915 U 21 Otto Hersing Triumph (hms) 11,985 br
- 27 May 1915 U 21 Otto Hersing Majestic (hms) 14,900 br
- 4 Jul 1915 U 21 Otto Hersing Carthage 5,601 fr
- 1 Feb 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Belle Of France 3,876 br
- 8 Feb 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Admiral Charner 4,750 fr
- 30 Apr 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing City Of Lucknow 3,669 br
- 26 Oct 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Marina G. 154 it
- 28 Oct 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Gilda R. 37 it
- 28 Oct 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Tre Fratelli D. 190 it
- 31 Oct 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Glenlogan 5,838 br
- 1 Nov 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Bernardo Canale 1,346 it
- 1 Nov 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Torero 767 it
- 2 Nov 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing San Antonio O. 113 it
- 3 Nov 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing San Giorgio 258 it
- 23 Dec 1916 U 21 Otto Hersing Benalder (d.) 3,044 br
- 16 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Mayola 146 br
- 16 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Rose Dorothea 147 br
- 17 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Emilia IÂ° 25 pt
- 17 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Lima 108 pt
- 20 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Cacique 2,917 fr
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Bandoeng 5,851 nl
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Eemland 3,770 nl
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Gaasterland 3,917 nl
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Jacatra 5,373 nl
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Noorderdijk 7,166 nl
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Normanna 2,900 nw
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Zaandijk 4,189 nl
- 22 Feb 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Menado (d.) 5,874 nl
- 22 Apr 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Giskö 1,643 nw
- 22 Apr 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Theodore William 3,057 nw
- 29 Apr 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Askepot 1,793 nw
- 30 Apr 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Borrowdale 1,268 ru
- 3 May 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Lindisfarne 1,703 ru
- 6 May 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Adansi 2,644 br
- 8 May 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Killarney 1,413 br
- 27 Jun 1917 U 21 Otto Hersing Baltic 1,125 sw
Fate 22 Feb 1919 - Sunk in an accident in position 54.19N, 03.42W while on passage to surrender.
On 5 September, 1914 the small British cruiser HMS Pathfinder was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by U 21. This was the first warship to be sunk by a German U-boat during the First World War.John Doran
27th May 1915 HMS Majestic
HMS Majestic. (1895 - 1921)
Majestic Class - pre-dreadnought Battleships.
The Majestic class was a class of pre-dreadnought battleships, built under the Spencer Programme (named after the First Lord of the Admiralty, John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer) of 8 December 1893, that sought to counter the growing naval strength of France and the Russian Empire. With nine units commissioned, they were the largest class of battleships in history in terms of the number of member ships. This class was designed by Sir William White.
- Ships in Majestic Class
- Prince George
When the lead ship, Majestic, was launched in 1895, at 421 ft (128 m) long and with a full-load displacement of 16,000 tons, she was the largest battleship ever built at the time. The Majestics were considered good seaboats with an easy roll and good steamers, although they suffered from high fuel consumption. They began life as coal-burners, but HMS Mars in 1905–1906 became the first battleship converted to oil-burning, and the rest were similarly converted by 1907–1908. The class was the last to have side-by-side funnels, with successor battleship classes having funnels in a line.
Except for Caesar, Hannibal, and Illustrious, they had a new design in which the bridge was mounted around the base of the foremast behind the conning tower to prevent a battle-damaged bridge from collapsing around the tower. Although the earlier ships had pear-shaped barbettes and fixed loading positions for the main guns, Caesar and Illustrious had circular barbettes and all-around loading for their main guns, which established the pattern for future classes.
Although Harvey armour had been used on battleship HMS Renown of the Centurion class, in the Majestics it was used in an entire class of British battleships for the first time. It allowed equal protection with less cost in weight compared to previous types of armour, allowing the Majestic class to have a deeper and lighter belt than previous battleships without any loss in protection.
The Majestics were given a new gun, the 46-ton BL 12 inch (305 mm) Mk VIII /35 gun. They were the first new British battleships to mount a 12 inch main battery since the 1880s. The new gun was a significant improvement on the 13.5 inch (343 mm) gun which had been fitted on the Admiral and Royal Sovereign classes that preceded the Majestics and was lighter. This saving in weight allowed the Majestic class to carry a secondary battery of twelve 6 inch (152 mm) 40-calibre guns, a larger secondary armament than in previous classes.
The Majestics were to be a benchmark for successor pre-dreadnoughts. While the preceding Royal Sovereign-class battleships had revolutionized and stabilised British battleship design by introducing the high-freeboard battleship with four main-battery guns in twin mountings in barbettes fore and aft, it was the Majestics that settled on the 12 inch (305 mm) main battery and began the practice of mounting armoured gunhouses over the barbettes; these gunhouses, although very different from the old-style, heavy, circular gun turrets that preceded them, would themselves become known as "turrets" and became the standard on warships worldwide.
More directly, the Majestic design itself also was adapted by the Imperial Japanese Navy for its own Shikishima-class pre-dreadnoughts, as well as Mikasa, which was largely based on the Shikishimas.
World War 1 Service
HMS Majestic served in the Channel Fleet and Atlantic Fleet 1895–1907, then in the Home Fleet 1907–1914. Her early World War I service was in the Channel Fleet August–November 1914, as a guard ship on the British coast November–December 1914, and in the Dover Patrol December 1914 – February 1915; during the latter service she bombarded German positions in Belgium. She served in the Dardanelles Campaign February–May 1915, seeing much service in action against Ottoman Turkish forts and shore batteries before being sunk on 27 May 1915 by the German submarine U-21 while stationed off Cape Helles with the loss of 40 of her crew.John Doran
If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.
Want to know more about HMS Majestic?There are:4 articles tagged HMS Majestic available in our LibraryThese include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.
Those known to have served in
during the Great War 1914-1918.
This page is new, as yet no names have been submitted.
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List
Looking for help with Family History Research?
Please see Family History FAQ's
We are unable to provide individual research free of charge, but do offer a paid service at competitive rates, the small profit from these services will be put towards the costs of keeping this website running. For more information please see our Research Services Leaflet
Can you help?The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors.
If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. In these difficult times current donations are falling far short of this target.
If you enjoy this site please consider making a donation.
- The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website
This website has been running for 16 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.
- We are looking for volunteers to help with researching the activities of units of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, Regular Army, Pals Battalions, Kitchener's New Armies, Voluntary Organisations and the Ships of the Royal Navy. We currently have a huge backlog of stories and historical documents which need to be edited or transcribed for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.
Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to the Great War. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted.
We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates, add a comment or ask a question.
If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.
Aug 2017World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
Please note we currently have a backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 233877 your submission is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.
Did you know? We also have a section on World War Two. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.
Want to know more about HMS Majestic?There are:4 articles tagged HMS Majestic available in our Library
Available at discounted prices.
Items from the Home Front Archive
Do you have any photos, postcards, documents or memorabilia relating to this unit? Please add to this archive.
Suggest a link
The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.
This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.
If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small to help with the costs of keeping the site running.
Website © Copyright MCMXCIX - MMXVII
- All Rights Reserved