HMS Virago (1895)
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HMS Virago firing in honour of the King, 1901
|Builder:||Laird Brothers, Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||13 June 1895|
|Launched:||19 November 1895|
|Fate:||Sold for disposal, 10 October 1919|
|Class and type:||Quail-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||395 long tons (401 t)|
|Length:||215 ft (66 m)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
HMS Virago was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was completed by Laird Brothers, Birkenhead, in 1897. One of four Quail-class destroyers she served during the Great War and was sold off after hostilities ended.
HMS Virago was laid down at Laird's shipyard at Birkenhead on 13 June 1895, the fourth "Thirty-Knotter" destroyer ordered from Lairds for the Royal Navy as part of the 1894–95 shipbuilding programme. The ship was launched on 19 November 1895, undergoing sea trials on 27 November 1896, where she reached a speed of 30.365 knots (34.943 mph; 56.236 km/h) over the measured mile and an average speed of 30.049 knots (34.580 mph; 55.651 km/h) over a three-hour run. Virago was completed in June 1897.
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