JUPITER, the Roman name given to the Chief of the Olympian Gods, was worshipped as the God of rain, thunder and lightening. This is shown on the Ship’s Crest, which depicts the large white cloud on a black background showing five golden thunderbolts.
HMS Jupiter F60
Leander Class Frigate
Builder: Yarrow & Co. Scotstoun, Glasgow
Laid down 3.10.1966.
Paid Off 1992 Sold to Samsung (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Jan 1998 – Towed by Joseph Brown –(ex RMAS Rollicker) to India (with HMS Hermoine) for breaking up.
Arrived Bombay 3rd May 1998
Replaced Phoebe as the warship HMS Hero in the television series ‘Warship’ and adopted Phoebe’s pennant number for continuity.
1970 - Trinidad troubles
1971 - Nato Standing Naval Force, Atlantic, at Norfolk Virginia, USA
1972 - Completion of Refit
1972 - St. Lucia troubles
1972 - 1973 – Captain was ‘Jock’ Slater (Admiral Sir Jock Slater GCB LVO ADC)
1973 –1974 Far East. HRH the Prince of Wales served on board
1975 – 13th May – Adopted/twinned with Middlesbrough
1976 – 1979 Captain F 7th Frigate Squadron
1977 – Fleet Review Spithead
1977 –1979 – Captain was Geoffrey Dalton (Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Dalton KCB)
1979 – Sept- Nov - Belize Patrol
1979 – Long Refit (Plymouth)
1983 – Completed Long Refit (Interrupted by Falklands War)
1984 –1985 – Captain was Commander Colin Hamilton
1984 - June 13th – Jupiter ‘bumped’ into London Bridge
1985 – 1986 – Captain was Commander Bridges
1985-1986 – Armilla Patrol (Persian Gulf)
1986 - South Yemen evacuation of British Nationals with Royal Yacht Britannia
1991 – January 24th UFO shot down by American & British Warships (Jupiter & Battleaxe) in Persian Gulf. (Reported on www.totse.com)
1991 (Oct)-1992 (Feb) – South Atlantic
1992 (26 March) arrived back in UK
1992 – 24-28 April – Last visit to Middlesbrough our Adopted town
1992 (30 June) decommissioned and placed on disposal List
HMS JUPITER - – RESERVE FLEET CLYDE – GARELOCH
HMS KING GEORGE V
HMS DUKE OF YORK
Moored together from 1951 - 1958
HMS Jupiter F85
Built by: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. Scotstoun,
Laid Down: 20 Sept 1937
Launched: 27 Oct 1938
Commissioned: 16 June 1939
Sunk: 27th February 1942
Armament: Six 4.7 inch, 45 calibre QF MKX11 in pairs, plus four 2 pdr pompom, and ten 21 inch Torpedo Tubes in two sets of five.
Displacement: 1690 tons as designed but actually 2330-2380 tons during WW11, and later at deep load 2550 tons
Speed: 36 knots
Battle Honours: Mediterranean 1941 and Malaya 1942
1939 – North Sea
1940 April 19th – Norway
1940 Oct 11th – bombardment of Cherbourg (Operation Medium)
Oct 17th – Skirmish off Scillies Isles
1940 Nov 24th – First raid off Plymouth
1940 Nov 17th – Second raid off Plymouth
1941 Feb 6th – Bombardment of Genoa
1941 May 23rd – Hunt the Bismarck
1941 Nov 28th – Sea reinforcement for Singapore
1942 Jan 2nd – Convoy BM 9A- Singapore/Malaysia
1942 Jan 10th – Convoy DM1
1942 Jan 17th – Sank I-60 Japanese Sub. Japanese conquest of the Dutch East Indies.
16 January 1942:
Early in the morning, I-60 arrives at her patrol area and transmits a situation report that night. This is the last message received from her.
17 January 1942:
Java Sea, 25 miles NNW of Krakatoa Island. LtCdr Norman V. J. T. Thew's destroyer HMS JUPITER is escorting the former passenger-liner SS WASHINGTON, now the troop transport USS MOUNT VERNON (AP-22), en route to Aden after debarking British and Canadian troops troops at Singapore. Detached from escorting MOUNT VERNON, HMS JUPITER races to respond to a distress message from a nearby merchant. After a two-hour ASDIC hunt, JUPITER detects an underwater contact and delivers two devastating depth-charge attacks. The heavily damaged I-60 surfaces astern of JUPITER – too close for her to use her main armament. I-60 is damaged and unable to dive, but Hasegawa attempts to fight the destroyer with his 4.7-inch deck gun. JUPITER alters course and opens fire with her starboard Oerlikon AA gun. As I-60's sailors emerge from the conning tower to man the deck gun, the Japanese are raked by JUPITER's 20-mm Oerlikon fire. As they fall, other gunners run to take their place. I-60 manages to get off seven to eight shells a minute, even though the Oerlikons keep picking off the gun crew. One of I-60's 4.7-inch rounds puts JUPITER's open-backed twin-gun mount "A" out of action, killing three men and wounding nine. JUPITER then fires two torpedoes at the submarine, but these also miss. JUPITER's remaining four 4.7-in guns score two or three hits on I-60; her deck gun is no longer manned, but she returns fire from a 7.7-mm machine gun. Smoke pours from the listing submarine. JUPITER closes on I-60 at full speed, silencing her machine gun with 20-mm fire. Another 4.7-inch shell hits I-60 between the stern and conning tower. An internal explosion occurs, after which smoke and flames emerge from the conning tower, which now seems to be on fire.
JUPITER passes 15 feet abeam of I-60 and drops a shallow-set depth charge. Its explosion blows a sailor out of the conning tower and a sheet of flame rises to 15-20 feet from it. I-60 sinks by the stern in 500 fathoms of water at 06-19-30S, 104-49-20E. Only three of I-60's crewmen are picked up and taken prisoner, one of whom later dies. 84 submariners are lost.  10 March 1942:
Removed from the SubDiv 28 list. Captain Kato is promoted Rear Admiral, posthumously and LtCdr Hasegawa is promoted Commander, posthumously.
 Different sources suggest different dates for I-60's completion. 24 December 1929 appears in the authoritative "Showa Zosenshi" shipbuilding history, while other sources suggest 20 December.  The contemporary British record of the sinking of I-60 states that "The enemy submarine was fought with great determination, her gun's crews being continually reinforced from inside the submarine until put out of action." From the interrogation of one of the two survivors the British naval intelligence concluded that I-60 had departed Kobe on 2 January 1942. Thanks go to Dr. Higuchi Tatsuhiro of Japan and Mr. Jean-Francois Masson of Canada. Special thanks also go to Mr. Klemen Lužar of the Netherlands, webmaster of the superb "Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941-1942" website, for providing additional details about the sinking of I-60. Photo credit goes to diver/photo journalist Kevin Denlay of Australia. -Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp
1942 Feb 2nd – Convoy DM2 – Singapore/Malaysia
1942 Feb 16th/17th – assisted in the evacuation of Oosthaven, Sumatra
1942 Feb 27th (2116hrs) – Hit by a mine and sank four hours later. Battle of Java Sea – Captain Lt. Commander N Thew
Majestic Class Battleship
Built by: J Brown, Clydebank
Laid Down: 1894
Battle Honour: 1915-16 BELGIUM COAST
Sold for Scrap: 1919
Armament; four 12 inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, twelve 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims, 2 x 2 pdr boat guns and five torpedo tubes.
Displacement: 14,900 tons
Speed: 16.5-17.5 knots
Engines: Water Tube Boilers – 2 x vertical triple expansion
Power output: 12000ihp
Fuel: 2000 tons coal
In mid-July, 1914, the ship was ordered to take up station in the Humber as part of a force of four Majestic Class Battleships and two Cressy Class Cruisers being sent there to be demobilised on the 25th. Her crew was to be transferred to Canopus.
Ships Log 1914-1916
Jupiter paid off on 22 December, 1916.
Dates of appointment are provided when known.
- Captain Angus MacLeod, 8 June, 1897.
- Captain Herbert A. Warren, 15 August, 1905.
- Captain William F. De Salis, 16 August, 1906.
- Captain Cresswell J. Eyres, 18 June, 1907.
- Captain Owen F. Gillett, 13 May, 1908.
- Captain Frederick D. Gilpin-Brown, 17 November, 1909.
- Captain John Nicholas, 25 January, 1912.
- Captain Charles E. Le Mesurier, July, 1914.
- Captain Drury St. A. Wake, 29 September, 1914.
- Captain William F. Blunt, 25 July, 1915.
- Captain Charles F. Corbett, 16 March, 1916.
· HMS Jupiter commissioned on 8 June 1897 at Chatham Dockyard for service in the Channel Fleet. She was present at both the Fleet Review at Spithead for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria on 26 June 1897 and the Coronation Fleet Review for King Edward VII on 16 August 1902. On 1 January 1905, the Channel Fleet became the new Atlantic Fleet, making her an Atlantic Fleet unit. She paid off at Chatham on 27 February 1905 to undergo a refit there, and her Atlantic Fleet service ended when she emerged from refit and commissioned at Chatham into the Portsmouth Reserve on 15 August 1905.
Jupiter commissioned for service in the new Channel Fleet on 20 September 1905. This service ended on 3 February 1908 when she paid off.
On 4 February 1908, Jupiter recommissioned for reserve service in the Portsmouth Division of the new Home Fleet with a nucleus crew. She was flagship of the division from February to June 1909 and later second flagship of the 3rd Division, Home Fleet. During this service, she underwent refits at Portsmouth in 1909-1910 (during which she received fire control equipment for her main battery) and 1911-1912 and from June 1912 to January 1913 served as a seagoing gunnery training ship at the Nore. In January 1913 she transferred to the 3rd Fleet, and was based at Pembroke Dock and Devonport.
When World War I broke out in August 1914, Jupiter transferred to the 7th Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet. During this service, she covered the passage of the British Expeditionary Force from England to France in September 1914.
In late October 1914, Jupiter was reassigned to serve alongside her sister ship HMS Majestic as a guard ship at the Nore. On 3 November 1914, Jupiter and Majestic left the Nore and relieved their sister ships HMS Hannibal and HMS Magnificent of guard ship duty on the Humber. In December 1914 Jupiter moved on guard ship duty on the Tyne.
On 5 February 1915, Jupiter was detached from her guard ship duty to serve temporarily as an icebreaker at Arkhangelsk, Russia, while the regular icebreaker there was under refit. In this duty, Jupiter made history by becoming the first ship ever to get through the ice into Arkhangelsk during the winter; her February arrival was the earliest in history there.
Jupiter left Arkhangelsk in May 1915 to return to the Channel Fleet, and paid off at Birkenhead on 19 May 1915. She then began a refit by Cammel Laird there that lasted until August 1915.
Her refit completed, Jupiter commissioned at Birkenhead on 12 August 1915 for service in the Mediterranean Sea on the Suez Canal Patrol. On 21 October 1915, she transferred to the Red Sea to become guard ship at Aden and flagship of the Senior Naval Officer, Red Sea Patrol. She was relieved of flagship duty by troopship RIM Northbrook of the Royal Indian Marine on 9 December 1915 and returned to the Suez Canal Patrol for Mediterranean service, from April to November 1916 being stationed at Port Said, Egypt.
Jupiter left Egypt on 22 November 1916 and returned to the United Kingdom, where she paid off at Devonport to provide crews for antisubmarine vessels. She remained at Devonport until April 1919, in commission as a special service vessel and auxiliary patrol ship until February 1918, when she paid off. After that she became an accommodation ship.
In April 1919, Jupiter became the first Majestic-class ship to be placed on the disposal list. She was sold for scrapping on 15 January 1920, and on 11 March 1920 was towed from Chatham to Blyth to be scrapped.
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HMS JUPITER - 5th Rate
1833 - Launched as HMS Forth
1856 - converted to Screw Mortar Frigate and became HMS JUPITER
1869 - Coal Hulk
1883 - Sold for breaking up.
Sailing Ship (50 Guns) 4th Rate
Built at Plymouth Dockyard, launched 22-Nov-1813, 150ft long, 42ft wide and of 1,173 tons builders measurement
1837: Became a Troop Ship
1841-42 First China War Battle Honour CHINA
1846: Became a Coal Hulk
1870: Sold for breaking up in Plymouth
Type: 4th rate ; Armament 50
Launched : 22 Nov 1813 ; Disposal date or year : 1870
BM: 1173 tons
Plymouth 23 May 1822 Has been brought down the harbour to be fitted for the East Indies.
Portsmouth 23 Dec 1822 Is preparing for a passage to Calcutta.
St Helena 9 Nov 1823 Sailed for Ascension.
Ascension 14 Nov 1823 Sailed, but, being in quarantine due to having cholera on board, had no communication with the shore.
Halifax 8 Nov 1825 Preparing to sail for Bermuda, where she was expected to winter.
6 Jan 1827 Employed in the on the North America Station.
Leith 5 Sep 1831 Came upon the Stockton, of Shoreham, dismasted on 27 Aug., and took her in tow, but the rope parted.
Portsmouth 17 Jul 1832 Sailed for Ireland.
Plymouth 20 Sep 1832 Arrived from Cork.
Plymouth 11 Nov 1832 Sailed for Cork, en route for the Mauritius.
7 Jan 1833 sailed for Mauritius with troops.
Rio Janeiro 28 Feb 1833 Arrived and sailed on 8 Mar for the Mauritius.
Mauritius 30 May 1833 Sailed for Colombo to take troops back to England.
Portsmouth 7 Nov 1833 Arrived from Mauritius (11 Aug) and St. Helena (25 Sep).
Portsmouth 23 Nov 1833 Is refitting in Harbour.
Portsmouth 4 Jan 1834 Preparing for a passage which will include transporting troops to and from a number of ports in the Mediterranean.
Portsmouth 18 Jan 1834 When ready for sea sails to Plymouth, to take troops thence to the Mediterranean.
Gibraltar 8 Mar 1834 Arrived with troops from Cork.
Plymouth 26 Jun 1834 Arrived from Corfu, last from Cork.
Plymouth 21 Aug 1834 In Barnpool.
Dublin 9 Sep 1834 Arrived to take troops to Gibraltar.
10 Dec 1834 Arrived at Corfu with the 42nd Regiment.
7 Feb 1835 arrived Spithead with the 9th regiment onboard, bound for Chatham.
14 Feb 1835 Portsmouth has sailed for Chatham with invalids from the Mediterranean
Portsmouth 14 Mar 1835 the Messenger arrived on Monday from Woolwich, returning later that day, having brought down the furniture of the Herald yacht, which is to be fitted in the Jupiter, for her forthcoming passage to India.
Portsmouth 26 Sep 1835 arrived from Woolwich, and is expected to sail for Calcutta in a week or so.
Portsmouth 3 Oct 1835 sailed today for Calcutta, calling at calling at Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Isle de France.
Rio de Janeiro 17 Nov 1835 arrived from Portsmouth and Madeira.
Cape of Good Hope 14 Dec 1835 is reported to have arrived, en route for India, with Lord Aukland, the new Governor General for India.
21 Dec 1835 departed Table Bay and ran inside Robin Island en route for the East Indies.
23 Dec 1835 in lat. 35° 26', long. 19° 3' : see the Nautical Magazine for June 1837 for more details ; available in Google Books.
31 Dec 1835 in lat. 38° 9', long. 45° 51'.
17 Jan 1836 in lat. 11° 9', long. 86° 30', and picked up the SE Trade.
28 Jan 1836 in lat. 2° 30' S., long. 90° 47' E.
13 Feb 1836 in lat. 4° 40' N., long. 94° and then passed about 70 miles from Nicobar and 90 from the Andaman islands.
27 Feb 1836 in lat. 20° 40' N., long. 90° E.
1 Mar 1836 crossed the Sauger sand and made the light vessel in lat. 21° 4' N., long. 21° 7', .
2 Mar 1836 arrived Kedgeree.
3 Mar 1836 arrived Diamond harbour and departed on the 4th with a steamer lashed to each side, and a third ahead, but still managed to get ashore, however as the water fell the ship launched itself back into the river.
5 Mar 1836 anchored off the Esplanade at Calcutta, having experienced a tedious passage up the Bay.
Portsmouth 4 Sep 1836 arrived from Calcutta (5 Apr) ; Colombo (6 Jun) ; St Helena (1 Aug).
Portsmouth 17 Sep 1836 came into harbour from Spithead to be paid-off.
Portsmouth 30 Sep 1837 paid off Monday last and has been re-commissioned.
4 Dec 1838 sailed from Rio Janeiro for Ceylon, with the 95th Regiment.
3 May 1839 at Colombo waiting orders.
14 Mar 1840 arrived last Tuesday at Cowes and sailed the following day for Portsmouth.
14 Mar 1840 Mate E. W. Vansittart, of the Wellesley, lent to Jupiter;
21 Mar 1840 Mate Mr. John George Nops, second Master, appointed to the Jupiter.
25 Apr 1840 Masters' Assistant G. H. Forster, appointed to the Jupiter.
6 Jun 1840 Portsmouth goes out to Spithead on Monday next with with provisions and stores for the East Indies. She also takes out 30 supernumerary boys and a sergeant's party of Marines for the squadron.
13 Jun 1840 Second Master J. S. Binstead, appointed to the Jupiter ; Gunner Joseph Camilleri, appointed to the Jupiter, vice Stow.
13 Jun 1840 at Spithead, for China, waiting for a fair wind to proceed.
1 Jul 1840 arrived at Madeira on her way to China, and was to proceed the following day.
18 Aug 1840 Cape of Good Hope, arrived from England after a passage of 56 days, and was due to sail on the 22d.
At some time during the period 1839-42 engaged in the Operations in China. Officers and Men serving on this ship during this period may be eligible for a Medal. See p. 288 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
13 Nov 1840, arrived Tongkoo Bay from Portsmouth.
24 Nov 1840, arrived at Canton.
19 Feb 1841 departed Hong Kong with the Druid and transports for operations off North Wangtong. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 11 Jun 1841.
Circa towards end of Mar 1841 would appear to have departed for Singapore and Trincomaleee for stores and troops.
9 Jul 1841, arrived Madras from Cannanore.
9-> Oct 1841 reconnaissance of the mouth of the Ningpo river and city of Chinhae - subsequent operations and choice of Ningpo as winter HQ. See p. 295-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
14 Apr 1842, a further attempt to burn the shipping by means of fire-rafts was defeated by the boats of the vessels present. See p. 297 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
18 May 1842, capture of Chapoo. See p. 297-8 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
13 Jun 1842, anchored off Woosung. Once the defences at the mouth of the river were sounded and buoyed the works on both sides of the river were bombarded (16th). See p. 298-9 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
16 Jun - 29 Aug 1842, expedition up the Yang-tse-Keang, to the end of hostilities and signing of the Treaty of Nanking. See p. 300-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow and www.gazettes-online.co.uk.
1846 Coal hulk
20 Dec 1848 Coal depot, Devonport.
1860 Coal Depot, Devonport
The above details taken from the Index of 19th Century Naval Vessels
HMS JUPITER (50 GUNS) 4th Rate
Built: 1778, Rotherhithe
1781: Battle of Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands,
1795: Battle Honour CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
Wrecked: 10 December 1808 in Vigo Bay Spain, all the crew were saved
The first ship to bear the name HMS Jupiter was a 50-gun fourth-rate launched in 1778. In 1779 she helped to capture the Jean Bart (with HMS Delight), the Mutin (with HMS Pilot) and the Pilote. The latter two were taken into service as HMS Mutine and HMS Pilote. In 1781 she captured the Philippine (with HMS Rattlesnake and HMS Mercury). In 1782 she captured the Bologne (with HMS Mercury).
French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Description: In 1799 she part of a squadron off the coast of the Cape of Good Hope under the command of Sir Hugh Cloberry Christian. She captured the Danish ships Matilde Marie, Fanny, Forsoget and the French ships Le Dragon, Francis Augustus and L'Abondance, assisted by HMS Raisonable, HMS Imperieuse, HMS Rattlesnake, HMS Braave and HMS Star. She also captured the Danish ship Christianus Septimus, assisted by the HMS Rattlesnake, HMS Raisonable, HMS Imperieuse, HMS Tremendous, HMS Stately, HMS Sceptre, HMS Garland, HMS Braave and HMS Star. She was wrecked in 1808.
- 1794-1798: Captain George Losack.
- 1808-1808: Captain Hon. E. R. Baker.