HMS Imperieuse (1883)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Imperieuse.
Imperieuse as commissioned.jpg
HMS Imperieuse as commissioned
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Imperieuse
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
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
General characteristics
Class and type: Imperieuse-class armoured cruiser
Displacement: 8,400 tonnes (8,300 long tons)
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.


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