H.M.S. Camperdown (1885)

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H.M.S. Camperdown (1885)
Builder: Portsmouth Royal Dockyard[1]
Laid down: 18 Dec, 1882[2]
Launched: 24 Nov, 1885[3]
Completed: 14 Mar, 1887[4]
Commissioned: Jul, 1889[5]
Sold: 11 Jul, 1911
Fate: Scrapped

Commissioned in 1889, H.M.S. Camperdown was one of six "Admiral" class battleships.

Service

When built, she was the longest ironclad ship built at Portsmouth, being five feet longer than the Colossus. She underwent engine trials on 7 March, 1887 before her ultimate completion, and delivered 16.5 knots on two passes over a measured mile under a light load condition. [6][7]

Camperdown participated in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1890, acting as part of the Hostile Fleet which was threatening British trade routes.

In June, 1892, it was decided that Camperdown, rather than Ajax, would relieve the aging battleship H.M.S. Agamemnon in the Mediterranean, sailing from Portsmouth to do so.[8]

Most infamously, Camperdown collided with and sank the Mediterranean flagship, the battleship Victoria on 22 June 1893, killing 358, including Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. Camperdown had been the division leader of the second column, and under the meek direction of Rear-Admiral Albert Hastings Markham had, after some worry, rotely adhered to a very ill-considered manoeuvre command issued by Tryon.

Camperdown was re-commissioned at Portsmouth on 5 July 1900 for service as a coastguardship at Rathmullen, newly equipped with a "1 to 52" W/T set.[9][10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 29.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 29.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 29.
  4. Burt. British Battleships: 1889-1904. p. 32.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 29.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, March 8, 1887, Issue 32014, p.10.
  7. "The Camperdown." The Times (London, England), Saturday, March 19, 1887, Issue 32024, p.4.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, June 2, 1892, Issue 33654, p.6.
  9. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1901. p. 111.
  10. "The Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Friday, July 6, 1900, Issue 36187, p.10.
  11. Duckworth-King Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36/2084. f. ?.
  12. Duckworth-King Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36/2084. f. ?.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 208.
  14. Bridgeman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1187.
  15. Bridgeman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1187.
  16. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 7 June, 1894. Issue 34284, col E, p. 10.
  17. Craigie Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/38/258. f. 264.
  18. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 210.
  19. Craigie Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/38/258. f. 264.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 236.
  21. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 237.
  22. Brock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 220.
  23. Brock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 220.
  24. Pike Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1032.
  25. Pike Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1032.

Bibliography


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