HMS Archer (1885)
HMS Archer c.1888
|Builder:||J & G Thomson, Glasgow|
|Launched:||23 December 1885|
|Class and type:||Archer-class torpedo cruiser|
|Length:||140 ft (43 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||13.5 ft (4.1 m)|
|Installed power:||2500 ihp (increased to 4,500 with forced draught)|
|Speed:||17.5 kn (32.4 km/h)|
|Range:||7,000 nmi (13,000 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)|
HMS Archer, was an Archer-class torpedo cruiser of the Royal Navy. Archer was laid down in 1885 and came into service on 11 December 1888. Archer served on the Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station from 1889 to 1890. Archer was serving on the China Station in July 1894, when on the eve of the First Sino-Japanese War, Japanese Forces surrounded Seoul. Archer landed an armed party to protect the British Consol-General after a confrontation between him and Japanese troops. She served on the Australia Station from 7 September 1900 until 5 December 1903. She was decommissioned in 1905 and sold in April 1905 for £4,800 to Forrester, Swansea for scrap.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
- Clowes, William Laird (1903). The Royal Navy: A History From the Earliest Times to the Death of Queen Victoria: Volume VII. Sampson Low, Marston and Company.