HMS Victor Emmanuel (1855)

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History
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Name: HMS Victor Emmanuel
Ordered: 4 April 1851
Builder:
  • Pembroke Dockyard
  • Machinery by Maudslay, Sons & Field
Laid down: 16 May 1853
Launched: 27 February 1855
Commissioned: 9 September 1858
Renamed:
  • Launched as HMS Repulse
  • Renamed HMS Victor Emmanuel on 7 December 1855
Reclassified: Hospital and receiving ship from 1873
Fate: Sold in 1899
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Agamemnon-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 3,074 tons
Length: 230 ft (70 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 55 ft 4 in (16.87 m)
Depth of hold: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Propulsion:
  • Sails
  • 2-cyl. horizontal single expansion engines
  • Single screw
  • 600 nhp
  • 2,424 ihp
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Speed: 10.674kts (machinery)
Complement: 860
Armament:
  • (as planned) 80 guns:
  • Lower deck: 36 × 8in guns
  • Upper gundeck: 34 × 32pdrs + 2 × 8in guns
  • Quarterdeck/Forecastle: 2 × 8in + 8 × 10in
  • (as completed) 91 guns:
  • Lower deck: 36 × 8in guns
  • Upper gundeck: 34 × 32pdrs
  • Quarterdeck/Forecastle: 20 × 32pdrs + 1 × 68 pdr

HMS Victor Emmanuel was a screw-propelled 91-gun second-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, originally launched as HMS Repulse, but renamed shortly after being launched.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Victor Emmanuel was an Agamemnon-class ship of the line, a class originally designed as 80-gun sailing two-deckers.[2] They were re-ordered as screw ships in 1849, and Victor Emmanuel was duly reclassified as a 91-gun ship on 26 March 1852.[2] She was built and launched on 27 February 1855 under the name HMS Repulse, but was renamed Victor Emmanuel on 7 December 1855, in honour of Victor Emmanuel after he visited the ship.[3] She cost a total of £158,086, with £87,597 spent on her hull, and a further £35,588 spent on her machinery.[2]

Career[edit]

She served in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and off the African coast during the Anglo-Ashanti wars.[3] She was assigned to Hong Kong to replace HMS Princess Charlotte and used as a hospital and receiving ship there from 1873. She was sold in 1899.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 187.
  2. ^ a b c d Lyon & Winfield. The Sail and Steam Navy List. pp. Chap. 5, pp. 5–6. 
  3. ^ a b Loney. "mid-Victorian RN vessels - Victor Emmanuel". 

References[edit]

Preceded by
HMS Princess Charlotte
Royal Navy receiving ship in Hong Kong
1873–1899
Succeeded by
HMS Tamar