HMS Flora (1893)

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H.M.S. Flora.jpg
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Flora
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Pembroke Dock
Launched: 21 November 1893
Commissioned: 24 July 1895[1]
Decommissioned: March 1922
Renamed: TS Indus II in April 1915
Fate: Sold 12 December 1922 for breaking up in Dover
General characteristics
Class and type: Astraea-class cruiser
Displacement: 4,360 tons loaded
Length: 320 feet
Beam: 49 ft 6 in
Draught: 19 ft
Propulsion: 2 shaft, 3 cycle TE, 8 cylinder boilers
7500 hp natural draught; 9500 hp forced draught
Coal 1000 tons maximum load
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h) natural draught
19.5 knots (36.1 km/h) forced draught
Range: 7,000 nautical miles
Complement: 44
Armament: 2 × QF 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns

8 × QF 4.7 inch (120mm) guns
1 × 3 pounder Quick Fire

4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: Deck 2 inch
Conning tower 3 inch
Gunshields 4.5 inch
engine hatch 5 inch

HMS Flora was an Astraea class cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 21 November 1893.[2] She was constructed under the Naval Defence Act of 1889 along with several other Astraea class cruisers.[3] The Flora was eventually decommissioned in 1922.

Operational History[edit]

HMS Flora served, under the command of Commodore A. L. Groome, and later of Captain F. S. Pelham, a commission as senior officer´s ship on the South East Coast of America Station until June 1901, when she returned to Devonport to pay off.[4]


HMS Flora was the subject of a famous salvage operation after running aground in 1903.[5]

War service[edit]

In 1914, just prior to the World War I, the Flora was placed on the sale list and remained on harbour service for the majority of the conflict. In April 1915 Flora was renamed TS Indus II. She was sold on 12 December 1922 and was broken up at Dover.


  1. ^ The Times (London), Thursday, 25 July 1895, p.10
  2. ^ Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. 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. 
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  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Saturday, 8 June 1901. (36476), p. 9.
  5. ^ Wreckers at Work on H.M.S. Flora, New York Times, December 5th 1903