HMS Argonaut (1898)
|Builder:||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan|
|Launched:||24 January 1898|
|Reclassified:||Hospital ship at Portsmouth 1915
Accommodation ship 1918
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up 18 May 1920|
|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|
|Armour:||6 inch casemates
4.5-2 inch decks
She was commissioned at Chatham, Kent in 1900 for service on the China Station from 1900-1904. During this time, the Commanding Officer, Captain George H Cherry RN, issued some 600 punishment warrants, gaining a reputation as a stern disciplinarian. As a consequence, the ship's officers ordered medals to be struck by Gamages of London as reward and mementos of their service under such a captain: on the obverse it read "Argonaut China 1900-1904" and showed a foul anchor (for the Royal Navy), a fleece (for Argonaut) and a dragon (for China); on the reverse are a cherry tree and a representation of the officers who survived the commission. An honorary "Cherry Medal" was presented to King George VI; many others were lost with ships sunk in the First World War.
During the First World War the Argonaut was part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron, operating in the Atlantic. In 1915 she was converted to a hospital ship in Portsmouth and in 1918, to an accommodation ship. She was sold to Ward of Milford Haven on 18 May 1920 and arrived there for breaking up on 4 September 1921.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Diadem class at worldwar1.co.uk
- Fabulous Admirals compiled by Commander Geoffrey L Lowis (Putnam, 1957)
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- "Royal Navy Log Books - HMS Argonaut". naval-history.net. Retrieved 2013-12-15.OldWeather.org transcription of ship's logbooks August 1914 to September 1915