HMS Amphitrite (1898)

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HMS Amphitrite in dazzle camouflage, in 1918 after conversion to minelayer.
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Name: HMS Amphitrite
Builder: Vickers Limited, Barrow in Furness
Launched: 5 January 1898
Reclassified: Minelayer in 1917
Fate: Sold 12 April 1920
General characteristics
Displacement: 11,000 tons
Length: 435 ft (133 m) (462 ft 6 in (140.97 m) o/a)
Beam: 69 ft (21 m)
Draught: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft triple expansion engines
16.500 - 18,000 hp
Speed: 20 - 20.5 knots
Complement: 760
Armament:

16 × single QF 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns
14 × single QF 12-pounder guns
3 × single QF 3-pounder guns
2 × 18-inch torpedo tubes
as Minelayer:
4 × 6-inch guns
1 × 12-pounder gun

354 mines
Armour: 6 inch casemates
4.5-2 inch decks

HMS Amphitrite was a ship of the Diadem-class of protected cruisers in the Royal Navy, which served in the First World War.

Construction[edit]

She was built at Vickers Limited, Barrow in Furness and launched on 5 July 1898.

Pre-war service history[edit]

Amphitrite was commissioned at Chatham 17 September 1901 by Captain William Stoke-Rees to take out reliefs to the Mediterranean Station.[1] She left Sheerness 28 September 1901 for Malta with a new crew for the battleship Illustrious, which had undergone a refit.[2] Bringing back invalids from the garrisons at Malta and Gibraltar, she arrived in Plymouth to land them 20 October 1901, then proceeded to Portsmouth.[3] The following month she was ordered to go to China with new crews for the despatch vessel Alacrity and the draught steamer Snipe.[4] She arrived at Hong Kong on 4 January 1902.[5] On her return she went ashore in the bay of Suez in early February,[6] but soon came loose and arrived home at Plymouth 21 February with crews from the China station.[7]

Captain Charles Windham was appointed in command when she was re-commisioned in March/April 1902.[8]

First World War[edit]

She served in the First World War with her sisters. In 1914 she was part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron, serving in the Atlantic. In June 1915 she was placed in reserve, but reactivated as a minelayer in 1917. She collided with the destroyer HMS Nessus in the North Sea on 8 September 1918, which sunk the Nessus. She was later assigned to the Nore Command, and survived the War to be sold to Ward of Milford Haven for breaking up on 12 April 1920.

Amphitrite had the nickname 'am and tripe'[9] amongst her crew based on a humorous malapropism, and a reference to common foodstuffs such as might be served on board.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naval & military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 18 September 1901. (36563), p. 5.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 30 September 1901. (36573), p. 5.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 21 October 1901. (36591), p. 8.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 19 November 1901. (36616), p. 10.
  5. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 6 January 1902. (36657), p. 8.
  6. ^ "British cruiser ashore" The Times (London). Saturday, 8 February 1902. (36686), p. 9.
  7. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Saturday, 22 February 1902. (36698), p. 13.
  8. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 5 March 1902. (36707), p. 5.
  9. ^ News and Events : Royal Navy