Contribued by Doug Thompson (email@example.com), with his own comments interspersed throughout.
The criticism that the Admiralty ignored the defenses of the east coast and the need for defended bases really comes out in this list, which shows where the pre-dreadnoughts went. Look at the number of old battleships assigned as anchored guard ships (GS). Five are at the Humber River where a German landing was feared.
Granted, these dinosaurs may have had little fighting value anyway, but I'm sure they were very vulnerable in this stationary role. At the very least, the lack of preparation tied down a lot of men in those old, vulnerable ships and probably cost more than some decent defenses, or even makeshift ones.
BB:Iron Duke (ff)
1st Battle Squadron
BB: Marlborough (f), St. Vincent, Collingwood, Vanguard, Colossus, Hercules, Neptune, Superb
BB: King George V (f), Ajax, Centurion, Audacious, Monarch, Conqueror, Thunderer, Orion
BA: King Edward VII (f), Hibernia, Africa, Britannia, Commonwealth, Dominion, Hindustan, Zealandia
BB: Dreadnought (f), Bellerophon , Temeraire
(Erin and Agincourt are being modified and fitted out. They did not arrive until Sept. 7)
1st Battle Cruiser Squadron
BC: Lion(f), Princess Royal, Queen Mary
BC: New Zealand (f), Invincible
CHANNEL FLEET, Portsmouth
BA: Lord Nelson (ff)
BA: Agamemnon, Prince of Wales (f), Bulkwark, London, Venerable, Queen, Formidable, Irresistable, Implacable
RESERVE FLEET, Devonport
BA: Russell (f) Cornwallis, Albemarle, Duncan, Exmouth,
BA: Prince George (f),Caesar, Majestic, Jupiter (GS: Humber River.)
BA: Albion, Canopus, Glory, Vengence, Goliath (GS: Loch Ewe), Ocean (Stationed at Queenstown. GS?)
Hannibal (GS: Humber), Illustrious (GS: Loch Ewe), Magnificent (Humber. GS?), Mars (GS: Humber), Victorious (GS: Humber)
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