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HMS Titania

HMS Titania was a submarine depot ship, often seen in Hong Kong during 1919-1929, when she was part of the 4th Submarine Flotilla. The flotilla also included a second depot ship, HMS Ambrose, and 13 L-class submarines:  L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8, L9, L15, L19, L20 and L33.

Wikipedia has a good page about HMS Titania. Here are some of the key dates mentioned there:

  • 1915: Titania is launched & commissioned.
  • 1919: Assigned to the 4th Submarine Flotilla.
  • 1920: Arrives in Hong Kong on 14 April 1920.
  • 1929: Leaves Hong Kong, arriving back in the UK in 1930.
  • 1949: Titania is broken up at Faslane.


1926 Submarines and HMS Titania
1926 Submarines and HMS Titania, by David


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Some logbooks from the early twenties of HMS' Titania and Ambrose can be viewed at

There are also many other books of China Station ships betewwn 1914 and 1924 and one day I will complete a digest of these and some of the many other vessels in and out during this period, which I hope to submit for these pages.