HMS Vulcan (1889)

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HMS Vulcan, Torpedo Depot ship
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Vulcan
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Launched: 13th June 1889
General characteristics
Displacement: 6820 tons
Length: 350 ft (110 m) pp
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draught: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Propulsion: Humphrys and Tennant. 12,000 IHP twin screw
Speed: 20 kts
Complement: 432
Armament: 8x4.7 in
12x 3 pdr
1 boat gun
16x machine guns
held on deck:
6x 16ft torpedo boats
2x countermining launches
4 other steam boats
Armour: Steel deck, 2.5-5 in

HMS Vulcan was a British torpedo boat depot ship launched on 13 June 1889, later converted to a submarine tender in 1908-09.[1] As a training hulk, she was renamed HMS Defiance III in 1931 and used for training at Torpoint, Cornwall. She was scrapped in Belgium in 1955.

The increasing numbers of torpedo boats which had entered service produced the need for a specialist support ship. Vulcan could carry six torpedo boats on her deck and had repair workshops and equipment stores. She had an armoured deck and could act as a light cruiser.[2]


  1. ^ Jane's Fighting Ships 1919, pp. 139-140. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1919
  2. ^ Clowes p.41


  • William Laird Clowes (1903). 'The Royal Navy: a history from the earliest times to the present, Vol 7'. London: S.Low, Marston and company.  (available at internet archive)

Robert Falcon Scott was on this ship as a midship man 3rd out of 26.