Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
A Unique Survivor
In the dry dock below is HMS M.33, a coastal bombardment ‘monitor’. Although she seems small and insignificant, she is a unique survivor, one of only three Royal Navy warships from the First World War, and the only ship left from the huge Allied fleet which supported the landings at Gallipoli in 1915.
Monitors are gunboats designed to provide heavy gunfire to support soldiers ashore. The have distinct features, including:
A small hull and flat bottom, allowing them to operate in shallow water close to shore.
Low ‘freeboard’ (distance from deck to water) and broad ‘beam’ (width) to make them stable gun platforms.
Oversize guns. The 580-ton M.33 carries 6-inch (152mm) guns, normally found on much bigger ships like 4,000 ton cruisers.
HMS M.33 was built in Belfast in 1915 in just under seven weeks!
From late 1914 to early 1915, the Royal Navy built more than 30 monitors, ranging from the smallest like M.33, to the General Wolfe, which carried two 12-inch (304mm) guns in a turret and a huge 18-inch (457mm) gun.
( photo captions )
Above: M.33 off Gallipoli, 1915. Close to shore, her 6-inch (152mm) guns could drop effective fire at a steep angle onto Turkish positions.
Right: Monitors under construction,
Above: The enormous monitor General Wolfe, showing her 18-inch (457mm) gun.
Location. 50° 48.1′ N, 1° 6.619′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Queen Street and Wickham Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3LR, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heavy Weather (here, next to this marker); HMS M.33’s People (here, next to this marker); No. 1 Dock (here, next to this marker); HMS M.33 (here, next to this marker); Conservation in Action (a few steps from this marker); Bruce Austin Fraser (a few steps from this marker); Ship Shape (within shouting distance of this marker); A Long Life (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Categories. • War, World I • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.