HMS Virago (1895)

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HMS Virago firing in honour of the King (HS85-10-11979).jpg
HMS Virago firing in honour of the King, 1901
Name: HMS Virago
Builder: Laird Brothers, Birkenhead
Laid down: 13 June 1895
Launched: 19 November 1895
Completed: June 1897
Fate: Sold for disposal, 10 October 1919
General characteristics
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)
Complement: 63

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.[1]


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.[2] The ship was launched on 19 November 1895,[2] 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.[3] Virago was completed in June 1897.[2]

Service history[edit]

Virago was posted at the Pacific Station, and in January 1902 Lieutenant A. B. Barker was appointed in command.[4]


  1. ^ "HMS Virago". Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Lyon 2001, p. 61.
  3. ^ "Eight Torpedo Boat Destroyers, Built by Laird Brothers, Birkenhead. — Trials between 30th September and the 18th December 1896" (PDF). The Engineer. Vol. 83. 1 January 1897. p. 16. .
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36655). London. 3 January 1902. 
  • Friedman, Norman (2009). British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War. Barnsley, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-049-9. 
  • Lyon, David (2001). The First Destroyers. London: Caxton Editions. ISBN 1-84067-3648. 

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