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.


  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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