HMS Marshal Soult
HMS Marshal Soult
|Name:||HMS Marshal Soult|
|Namesake:||Marshal Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult|
|Launched:||24 August 1915|
|Fate:||Sold July 10 1946|
|Class & type:||Marshal Ney-class monitor|
|Beam:||90 ft 3 in (27.51 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Capacity:||Diesel fuel: 235 short tons (213 t) (maximum)|
HMS Marshal Soult was a Royal Navy Marshal Ney-class monitor constructed in the opening years of the First World War. Laid down as M14, she was named for the French general of the Napoleonic Wars Marshal Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult. She served in both World Wars and was decommissioned in 1946.
Designed for inshore operations along the sandbank strewn Belgian coastline, Marshal Soult was equipped with two massive 15-inch (380 mm) naval guns. Originally, these guns were to have been stripped from one of the battlecruisers Renown and Repulse after they were redesigned. However the guns were not ready, and guns intended for the battleship Ramillies were used instead. The diesel engines used by the ships were a constant source of technical difficulty, restricting their use.
Marshal Soult performed numerous bombardment operations against German positions in Flanders, including during the First Ostend Raid in April 1918. In October 1918, she became a tender to the gunnery school HMS Excellent at Portsmouth and in March 1919 undertook a similar role at Devonport before paying off in March 1921. Recommissioned in 1924, she moved to Chatham in April 1926 as a training ship.
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