1914 - Mobilization Of Reserve Fleet

16th July. To test the efficiency of the Royal Naval Reserve system a mobilization of the reserve fleet took place at Spithead and was combined with a Fleet Review. There assembled 24 Dreadnoughts, 35 pre-Dreadnoughts, 18 armoured cruisers, 31 light cruisers, 78 destroyers and hundreds of smaller craft. In total there were 640 vessels drawn up in twelve long line totalling 40 miles. On the 20th the assembly weighed anchor and in single file steamed past the King aboard the Royal Yacht anchored at the Nab Light dipping their ensigns in salute as they passed It was an unprecedented spectical.