HMS Andromeda (1897)

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HMS Andromeda at Weihaiwei, China, in 1904.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Andromeda
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Launched: 30 April 1897
  • Powerful II, 23 September 1913
  • Impregnable II November 1919
  • Defiance 20 January 1931
Reclassified: Training ship Powerful II, 23 September 1913
Fate: Sold for breaking up
General characteristics
Class & type: Diadem-class protected cruiser
Displacement: 11,000 tons
Length: 435 ft (133 m) (462 ft 6 in (140.97 m) o/a)
Beam: 69 ft (21 m)
Draught: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Speed: 20–20.5 kn (37.0–38.0 km/h; 23.0–23.6 mph)
Complement: 760

HMS Andromeda was a ship of the Diadem-class protected cruiser in the Royal Navy. She was built at Pembroke Dockyard and launched on 30 April 1897.

Service history[edit]

She served at the Mediterranean Station under the command of Captain John Leslie Burr, who in March 1901 was succeeded by Captain Francis John Foley.

In March 1901 she was one of two cruisers to escort HMS Ophir, commissioned as a royal yacht for the world tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George and Queen Mary), from Gibraltar to Malta, and then to Port Said.[1] Captain Christopher Cradock was appointed in command on 24 March 1902,[2] and from 11 June that year she served as flag ship to Rear-Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, rear-admiral for the Cruiser division of the Mediterranean Fleet.[3]

In May 1902 she visited Palermo to attend festivities in connection with the opening of an Agricultural Exhibition by King Victor Emmanuel.[4]

In 1913 she was converted to a training ship and renamed Powerful II on 23 September 1913. She was later renamed Impregnable II in November 1919 and finally, HMS Defiance on 20 January 1931, when she became part of the torpedo school.

She was sold and arrived at Burgt, in Belgium, for breaking up on 14 August 1956.


  1. ^ "The Duke of Cornwall´s visit to the colonies" The Times (London). Wednesday, 13 March 1901. (36401), p. 5.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 25 March 1902. (36724), p. 9.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 12 June 1902. (36792), p. 13.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 27 May 1902. (36778), p. 10.