HMS Challenger (1902)
|Builder:||HM Dockyard Chatham|
|Laid down:||1 December 1900|
|Launched:||27 May 1902|
|Christened:||Mrs. Eva Holland|
|Fate:||Broken up for scrap in 1920|
|Class and type:||Challenger-class protected cruiser|
|Length:||355 ft (108.2 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft (17.1 m)|
|Draught:||21 ft 8 in (6.60 m)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h)|
Challenger was designed by Sir William Henry White, Director of Naval Construction, and was built at the Chatham Dockyard, where she was laid down on 1 December 1900. She was launched there on 27 May 1902, when she was named by Eva Holland, wife of Rear-Admiral S. C. Holland, Admiral-Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard.
Challenger was commissioned on 30 May 1904, and commenced duty on the Australia Station. She was paid off into reserve on 10 October 1912 before recommissioning during the First World War. She initially served as part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron off West Africa before serving in East African waters. She was sold in 1920 and was broken up for scrap.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36778). London. 27 May 1902. p. 10.
- "Naval & Military intelligence - Float-out of the Challenger". The Times (36779). London. 28 May 1902. p. 9.
- Bastock, p.128-130.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0
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