HMS Archer (1885)

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HMS Archer Devonport 1888 AWM 302141.jpeg
HMS Archer c.1888
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Archer
Builder: J & G Thomson, Glasgow
Yard number: 226
Launched: 23 December 1885
General characteristics
Class and type: Archer-class torpedo cruiser
Displacement: 1770 tons
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)
  • Twin 2-cylinder compound steam engines
  • Four boilers
  • Twin screws
Speed: 17.5 kn (32.4 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nmi (13,000 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)
Complement: 176 men

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.[1] Archer served on the Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station from 1889 to 1890.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


  1. ^ HMS Archer at Naval History
  2. ^ "NMM, vessel ID 380068" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol v. National Maritime Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Clowes pp. 430–431.
  4. ^ Bastock p.122