H.M.S. Blanche (1889)

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H.M.S. Blanche (1889)
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard[1]
Laid down: May, 1888[2]
Launched: 6 Sep, 1889[3]
Commissioned: 30 Dec, 1890[4]
Sold: 1905[5]

H.M.S. Blanche was one of four third class protected cruisers of the Barracouta class completed for the Royal Navy in 1890.

There was a small cruiser named Blanche that came after and fought in the Great War.

Service

Shortly before she was to pay off to allow her crew to return to England, on or around 11 December 1893, Blanche suffered an accident at Simonstown while firing a salute to the Admiral's flag. After several shots, a powder charge ignited upon being placed into the breech, shattering the left arm and devastating the face and eyes of one man, and another man's suffered a head wound likely to cost him his vision. Other men were wounded to a lesser degree.[6]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 204.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Dec 12, 1893; pg. 5; Issue 34132.
  7. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 204.
  8. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  9. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 231.
  10. Foot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 218.
  11. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 234.
  12. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 234.

Bibliography


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