HMS St George (1892)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS St George
Builder: C & W Earle, Hull
Laid down: April 23, 1890
Launched: June 23, 1892
Reclassified: Depot ship 1909
Fate: Sold for breaking up July 1, 1920
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,350 tons
Length: 387.5 ft (118.1 m)
Beam: 60 ft (18 m)
Armament: 2 x BL 9.2 inch guns

10 x QF 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns

12 x 6 pdr guns
For other ships of the same name, see HMS St George.

HMS St George was a first class cruiser of the Edgar class. She was launched on June 23, 1892.

Service history[edit]

She took part in the 40 minute long Anglo-Zanzibar War in 1896. The obsolete armed yacht HHS Glasgow fired upon a flotilla led by HMS St George, with HMS Philomel, HMS Racoon, HMS Sparrow and HMS Thrush. The response sank the HHS Glasgow with a hole below the waterline. With a Union Jack flying over the sinking yacht in surrender, the flotilla launched lifeboats to rescue the crew of the Glasgow which would lie at the bottom of Zanzibar Town Harbour until 1912.

In 1901, she was one of two escort ships for HMS Ophir, which carried the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) during their tour of the British Empire.

Following the end of this tour, the captain of HMS Ophir, Commodore Alfred Winsloe, reverted to his position as Commodore commanding the Cruiser squadron, and was in late 1901 posted to the St George,[1] which thus became the lead ship of the squadron and carried his broad pennant. In May 1902 she was taken into Portsmouth for a refit, and later that year she served in the 1902 Coronation review.[2]

She was the flagship of the Cape & West Africa Station (Rear-Admiral Harry Rawson) based at Simon's Town, and served in the First World War.

She was designated as a depot ship in 1909, and sold for breaking up at Plymouth on July 1, 1920.

List of Captains[edit]

  • Captain P. W. Bush - 26 February 1901 - ?[3]


  1. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Friday, 8 November 1901. (36607), p. 6.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 1 May 1902. (36756), p. 6.
  3. ^ "Naval and Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 21 February 1901. (36384), p. 10.