HMS Warspite (1884)
HMS Warspite, about 1885, with her original 2 brig masts
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Laid down:||25 October 1881|
|Launched:||29 January 1884|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up 4 April 1905|
|Class and type:||Imperieuse-class armoured cruiser|
|Displacement:||8,400 t (8,300 long tons)|
|Length:||315 ft (96 m) pp|
|Beam:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Draught:||26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 Shaft Penn engine|
|Speed:||16.75 knots (31.02 km/h)|
|Armament:||4 x BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk III guns
|Armour:||Belt: 10 in (250 mm)|
Warspite was the flagship on the Pacific Station between 1890 and 1893, then a port guard ship at Queenstown until 1896. From 1896 until 1902 she again served as the flagship of the Pacific Station. Captain Thomas Philip Walker was appointed in command in March 1899, when Rear-Admiral Henry Palliser was Commander-in-Chief of the station. In June 1899 she became the flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Beaumont, and from late 1900 she was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Andrew Bickford, with Captain Colin Richard Keppel as flag captain in command of the ship. In late March 1902, Rear-Admiral Bickford transferred his flag to the newly arrived HMS Grafton, and was joined by Captain Keppel. Warspite returned home under the command of Captain John Locke Marx (who had arrived on Grafton), stopping at Bahia and São Vicente, Cape Verde on the way. She arrived at Plymouth on 28 May 1902, and paid off at Chatham.
Morris states that Warspite had her sailing rig removed while building. The illustration of her with masts therefore shows her on trials, or is conjectural.
She was sold on 4 April 1904 to Ward of Preston. She arrived on the River Mersey on 3 October 1905 and then travelled on to Preston for breaking up.
- "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 6 March 1901. (36395), p. 10.
- "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 20 March 1902. (36720), p. 10.
- "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 29 May 1902. (36780), p. 7.
- Morris, Douglas Cruisers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies 0907771351 p. 30
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . 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.
- Roger Chesneau and Eugene M. Kolesnik, ed., Conway's All The Worlds Fighting Ships, 1860-1905, (Conway Maritime Press, London, 1979), ISBN 0-85177-133-5
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