HMS Latona (1890)

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HMS Latona at Mudros.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Latona
Builder: Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: April 1889
Launched: 22 May 1890
Reclassified: 1910 as a minelayer
Fate: Sold on 22 December 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: Apollo-class cruiser
Displacement: 3,600 long tons (3,700 t)
Length: 314 ft (96 m)
Beam: 43 ft 6 in (13.26 m)
Draught: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Speed: 19.75 knots (22.73 mph; 36.58 km/h)
Complement: 273 to 300 officers and men
Armament: 2 × 6 in (150 mm) QF gun

6 × QF 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns[1]

8 × 6-pounder guns
2 to 4 × 14 in (360 mm) torpedo tubes

HMS Latona was an Apollo-class protected cruiser of the Royal Navy which served from 1890 to 1920.

History[edit]

Under the Naval Defence Act 1889, HMS Latona was laid down on 22 August 1889. Built by Vickers at their Naval Construction Yard, Barrow-in-Furness Latona was launched on 22 May 1890 and completed in April 1891.

Latona was present at the at the Naval Review at Spithead on 26 June 1897 in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. She served in the West Indies, and returned to Portsmouth from Bermuda on 27 January 1900, with the paid-off crew of HMS Indefatigable. During the tour she had encountered the barque Oxford in distress, and brought the crew of 16 to safety as the ship was leaking.[2]

On 27 June 1900 Latona was ordered to be specially commissioned for a naval mobilization, to take place on Tuesday, 10 July. She was recommissioned at Chatham on 1 June 1908, then converted to minelayer in 1910.

In mid-1913, Latona was active with the Minelayer Squadron of the Second Fleet.[3] Between 1-7 January 1916 she laid mines between Cape Alanguli and Apostula Island.[4]

Between 13–14 December 1916 officers from ship were involved in an incident with aircraft coming from Kum-Kale.[5]

HMS Latona was paid off on 23 December 1918 at Malta. In 1919 HMS Latona was placed on harbour duties. She was sold on 22 December 1920.

Captains[edit]

Dates of appointment given:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fifty Years in the Royal Navy" published 1919, page 88
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 29 January 1900. (36051), p. 11.
  3. ^ The Navy List (July, 1913), p. 338.
  4. ^ "The Naval Review" (PDF) 3. The Naval Society. 1924. p. 548. 
  5. ^ "The Naval Review" (PDF) 6. The Naval Society. 1918. p. 58. 
  6. ^ The Navy List (January, 1907), p. 339.
  7. ^ The Navy List (April, 1910), p. 338.
  8. ^ The Navy List (July, 1913), p. 338.
  9. ^ The Navy List (April, 1914), p. 337.
  10. ^ The Navy List (January, 1915), p. 345.
  11. ^ The Navy List (December, 1916), p. 395.
  12. ^ The Navy List (November, 1917), p. 395.

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