HMS Marshal Soult

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Marshall Soult

HMS Marshal Soult

Original Builder: Palmers of Tyneside

Original Yard No: 860

Official Number:

Vessel Type: trainingdepot_ship

GRT: 6670

Year Built: 1915

Arrival Date: 04/08/1946

Breakup Started: 11/01/1947

Date First Beached: 04/08/1946

Date Breakup Completed: 27/09/1947

Draught For’d: 7' 0"

Draught Aft: 9' 9"

Name Changes:

Other Information:

Laid down, by Palmers of Jarrow, in February 1915 as the Monitor M-14, a Marshal Ney Class monitor.

(Named after a French General of the Napoleonic Wars)

Launched  :  24th August 1915

Commissioned :  2nd November 1915

Tonnage :  6,670 tons

Length :  355 ft 2 inches

Beam :  90 ft 3 inches

Draught :  10' 6"


Propulsion :  Twin-Screw oil engines by the Builders, developing maximum design 1,898 HP


Service speed at normal service power of 1,500 HP  :  Design – 9 knots   Trials – 6.6 knots


Main armament was her two massive 15 inch guns


Complement :  228 men


HMS Marshal Soult served in both World Wars.  She was used for the three years from November 1915, as part of the R.N.'s Dover Patrol, for the bombardment, in the shallow waters off Belgium for which she had been designed, of strategic land targets and port installations – in particular around Zeebrugge and Ostend. Engaged in offensive operations against German positions in Flanders.  Then served as a Tender to the gunnery school HMS Excellent at Portsmouth and, later, served in a similar role at Devonport.


During WWII, she served as a Depot Ship, mainly serving Trawlers, at Portsmouth. Was also used for training purposes.


She was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for breaking on 10th July 1946