HMS Mersey (1885)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Mersey.
HMS Mersey 1890s.jpg
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Mersey
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Machinery by Humphrys, Tennant & Co.
Laid down: 9 July 1883
Launched: 31 March 1885
Commissioned: June 1887
Fate: Sold for scrapping on 4 April 1905
General characteristics
Class and type: Mersey-class second-class cruiser
Displacement: 4,050 tons
Length: 315 ft (96 m) oa
300 ft (91 m) pp
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Draught: 19 ft 6 in (6 m)
Propulsion: 2-cyl horizontal direct-acting compound expansion
12 cylindrical boilers
Twin screws
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h) (4,500 ihp)
18 knots (33 km/h) (6,000 ihp)
Range: 900 tons coal
8,750 miles at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement: 325

HMS Mersey was a Mersey-class second class protected cruiser. They were relatively modern, in that they were the first cruisers that had discarded their sailing rigs in the design, that was synonymous with the old wooden warships, and were now solely steam powered warships. She was built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on 31 March 1885, but had a relatively mundane career and was sold for breaking in 1905.