HMS Colossus of the
British Royal Navy was the nameship of her class of dreadnought battleships.
She was launched 9 April 1910 and commissioned in 1911. Although
very similar to Neptune
she was not part of Neptune's class as Colossus
had greater armour. She joined the 2nd Battle Squadron
the Home Fleet
When the First World War
August 1914 Colossus
became the flagship
of the 1st Battle Squadron
commanded by Captain Dudley Pound she
fought with distinction at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 while acting as the flagship of
Rear-Admiral Ernest Gaunt.
During the battle, Colossus
took two hits which caused
minor damage and five casualties. When the war came to a close,
became a training
until 1920 when, under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty
, she was
stricken and eventually broken up in 1928. Her sister-ship was
scrapped in 1921.
- British Warships 1914-1919 by Dittmar, F.J. and
Colledge, J.J. Ian Allan, London; (1972), ISBN 0-7110-0380-7