HMS Forte (1893)
HMS Forte leaving Simonstown, South Africa, c1900 (IWM Q115146)
|Launched:||9 December 1893|
|Commissioned:||5 November 1895|
|Fate:||Sold 2 April 1914 for breaking up|
|Class and type:||Astraea-class cruiser|
|Displacement:||4,360 tons loaded|
|Beam:||49 ft 6 in|
|Range:||7,000 nautical miles|
HMS Forte was an Astraea class cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 9 December 1893. She was constructed under the Naval Defence Act of 1889 along with several other Astraea class cruisers. Forte was eventually decommissioned in 1913.
HMS Forte served on the Cape and West African stations. In 1908, Forte delivered such a terrible result in a gunlayer's test that a Court of Inquiry was convened, leading to the determination that Captain John Green and his officers had failed to provide sufficient training, as they had not appreciated the difficulty of the test procedure. In 1910 the cruiser ran aground and Their Lordships expressed "severe displeasure [with Green] for failure to comply with King's Regulations for unseamanlike manner in which the ship was navigated."
In 1913 Forte was placed on the sale list and sold on 2 April 1914 for scrapping. She was the only ship of her class not to see service in the First World War.
- The Navy List, (March 1896), p.224
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Green Service Record, The National Archives ADM 196/42
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