HMS St. Vincent (1908)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS St Vincent.
HMS St Vincent at the Coronation Review, Spithead, 24 June 1911
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Saint Vincent
Ordered: 1907
Laid down: 30 December 1907
Launched: 10 September 1908
Commissioned: 3 May 1910
Decommissioned: March 1921
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1 December 1921
General characteristics
Class & type: St. Vincent-class dreadnought battleship
Displacement: 19,488 tons
Length: 536 ft (163 m)
Beam: 84 ft (26 m)
Draught: 28 ft 11 in (9 m)
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines; 24,500 shp (18,270 kW)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: 4,690 nautical miles (8,690 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) (coal only)
Complement: 756

HMS St. Vincent was the lead ship of the St. Vincent class of battleships of the British Royal Navy.

She was commissioned on 3 May 1910 as 2nd flagship of 1st Division Home Fleet at Portsmouth. She was commanded by Capt. Douglas Nicholson and was flagship of Rear-Admiral Richard Peirse, M.V.O., Home Fleet, at the Coronation Spithead Review of 24 June 1911.

In April 1914, she became flagship of the Second-in-Command, 1st Battle Squadron Home Fleet, which she remained until November 1915, when she became a private ship. She was in the 5th Division of the battlefleet at the Battle of Jutland, 20th in the line of battle, and engaged a German battleship believed to have been of the König class.

In June 1916, she was transferred to the 4th Battle Squadron. In March 1919, she was reduced to reserve and became a gunnery training ship, which she remained until placed on the Disposal list in March 1921. Her captain had been Harold Briggs. She was sold for scrap in 1921.


  • Dittmar F.J & Colledge J. J. British Warships 1914–1919, Ian Allan, London 1972. ISBN 0-7110-0380-7

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