HMS Kent (1901)
|Laid down:||12 February 1900|
|Launched:||6 March 1901|
|Fate:||Sold June 1920|
|Class & type:||Monmouth-class armoured cruiser|
|Length:||463.5 ft (141.3 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draught:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||4-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines
31 Belleville boilers
|Speed:||apprx 23 knots|
|Armour:||4in (102mm) belt
5in (127mm) barbette
5in (127mm) turret
HMS Kent was laid down at Portsmouth Dockyard 12 February 1900, and launched 6 March 1901 (one day late due to weather), when she was christened by Lady Hotham, wife of Admiral Sir Charles Frederick Hotham, GCB, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.
She served on the China Station between 1906 and 1913.
On the outbreak of the First World War she was re-commissioned and sent to the Falkland Islands where under the command of Capt. J. D. Allen she participated in the Battle of the Falkland Islands and sank SMS Nürnberg. During the action her flags were damaged - new ones were presented to her on 8 December 1915 by the County Society of Kent.
From March 1915 she was again on the China Station. On 21 March 1915 she was present at the Battle of Mas a Tierra when SMS Dresden was scuttled at Cumberland Bay in the Juan Fernández Islands in the Pacific.
She returned to the United Kingdom in May 1915, and was reassigned to the Cape of Good Hope Station in 1916. In June 1918 she was transferred to English Channel convoy escort duty. On the 4 June while she and five destroyers were escorting RMS Durham Castle and Kenilworth Castle, two Union-Castle Line steamers from South Africa, RMS Kenilworth Castle collided with the destroyer HMS Rival while trying to avoid HMS Kent which was bearing down on her.
She was sold for scrap and broken up in June 1920.
- "The launch of four warships" The Times (London). Tuesday, 5 March 1901. (36394), p. 8.
- "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 7 March 1901. (36396), p. 11.
- http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol054kc.html The Kenilworth Castle Incident
- http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/unioncastle2.html UNION CASTLE LINE
- 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.