HMS Northampton (1876)

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HMS Northampton (1876).jpg
HMS Northampton is dressed overall in this photograph of her as she appeared after the addition of a fighting top to her mizzen during her 1889-1891 refit.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Northampton
Builder: Robert Napier & Sons, Govan
Laid down: 26 October 1874
Launched: 18 November 1876
Commissioned: 1881
Reclassified: Training ship, June 1894
Fate: Sold for breaking up 4 April 1905
General characteristics
Class and type: Nelson-class armoured cruiser
Displacement: 7,473 tons
Length: 280 ft (85 m) pp
Beam: 60 ft (18 m)
Draught: 24 ft 10 in (7.57 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Penn engine
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 560
Armament: 4 x 10-inch (254 mm) Muzzle Loading Rifles

8 x 9-inch (229 mm) Muzzle Loading Rifles
6 x 20 pdr (removed 1886)
6 x 6 pdr QF (added 1886)
8 x 3pdr QF (added 1886)

2 x Torpedo Tubes (added 1886)

HMS Northampton was a Nelson-class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy, built by Robert Napier & Sons, Govan, Scotland and launched in 1876. The Nelson class were "essentially second-class ironclads".[1] She was launched in 1876 but not commissioned until 1881.

Northampton was flagship of the North America and West Indies Station until she was placed in reserve in 1886.[1] She was hulked as a boys' training ship in 1894 and used in home waters. In November 1901 she had a refit at Chatham Dockyard.[2] She was sold for breaking up in 1905 to Ward, of Morecambe.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lyon p 268
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Friday, 15 November 1901. (36613), p. 4.

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