HMS Warspite, about 1885, with her original 2 brig masts
|Class and type:
||Imperieuse-class armoured cruiser
||25 October 1881
||29 January 1884
||Sold for breaking up 4 April 1905
||315 ft (96 m) pp
||62 ft (19 m)
||26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
||2 Shaft Penn engine
4 x BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk III guns
6 x torpedo tubes
6 x BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns
||Belt 10 in
HMS Warspite was an Imperieuse-class first-class armoured cruiser, launched on 29 January 1884 and commissioned in 1886.
Warspite was the flagship on the Pacific Station between 1890 and 1893, then a port guard ship at Queenstown until 1896. From 1896 she again served as the flagship of the Pacific Station. In 1900 she was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Beaumont, and from his succession in late 1900 she was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Andrew Bickford, Commanders-in-Chief, Pacific Station.
Morris states that Warspite had her sailing rig removed while building. The illustration of her with masts therefore shows her on trials, or is conjectural.
Warspite as she appeared later in her career, with a single military mast and sailing rig removed
She was sold on 4 April 1904 to Ward of Preston. She arrived on the River Mersey on 3 October 1905 and then travelled on to Preston for breaking up.
- ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 6 March 1901. (36395), p. 10.
- ^ Morris, Douglas Cruisers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies 0907771351 p. 30