HMS Thetis (1890)

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HMS Thetis (1890) IWM Q 021848.jpg
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Thetis
Builder: J & G Thomson, Clydebank
Laid down: 29 October 1889
Launched: 13 December 1890
Commissioned: April 1892
Fate: Deliberately sunk in the Zeebrugge Raid on 23 April 1918
General characteristics
Class and type: Apollo-class 2nd class protected cruiser
Displacement: 3,400 tons
Length: 314 ft (95.7 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13.1 m)
Draught: 17.5 ft (5.3 m)
Propulsion: Twin triple-expansion coal-fired steam engines, 7,000 indicated hp (5 MW), twin screws
Speed: 18.5 knots (34 km/h) maximum
Complement: 273 to 300 (Officers and Men)
Armour: 1.3 to 2 in (33 to 51 mm) deck, no belt

HMS Thetis was an Apollo-class 2nd class protected cruiser of the Royal Navy, launched on 13 December 1890. Her first significant mission was service in the Bering Sea Patrol with American warships in a combined effort to suppress poaching in the Bering Sea.

Under the command of Captain W. Stokes-Rees, she later served on the Mediterranean Station until relieved in March 1901.[1] She paid of at Chatham in early June 1901, and was placed in the Fleet reserve.[2]

The latter half of her career was spent as a mine-layer. Laden with concrete, she was deliberately sunk as a blockship in attempt to block the canal in the Zeebrugge Raid during the First World War, on 23 April 1918.

The White Ensign flying on wreck of the Thetis in the harbour at Zeebrugge outside the mouth of the ship canal, 24 October 1918


  1. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36407). London. 20 March 1901. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36478). London. 11 June 1901. p. 10.


Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. 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.

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