HMS Imperieuse (1883)
HMS Imperieuse as commissioned
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Class and type:||Imperieuse-class armoured cruiser|
|Laid down:||10 August 1881|
|Launched:||18 December 1883|
|Renamed:||Sapphire II, February 1905
Imperieuse, June 1909
|Reclassified:||Depot ship, February 1905|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up 24 September 1913|
|Length:||315 ft (96 m)|
|Beam:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Armament:||4 x BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk III guns
6 x BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns
4 x torpedo tubes
HMS Imperieuse was the lead ship of the Imperieuse-class of first-class armoured cruiser, built at Portsmouth and launched on 18 December 1883. She was the flagship of the China Station from 1889 to 1894 and the Pacific Station from 1896 to 1899.
Imperieuse was renamed Sapphire II in February 1905 and reclassified as a depot ship for destroyers at Portland. Her name was reverted to Imperieuse in June 1909. She was sold on 24 September 1913 to Ward of Morecambe for breaking up.
- 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.
- Roger Chesneau and Eugene M. Kolesnik, ed., Conway's All The Worlds Fighting Ships, 1860-1905, (Conway Maritime Press, London, 1979), ISBN 0-85177-133-5
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