HMS Bacchante (1901)

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HMS Bacchante
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Cressy-class armoured cruiser
Name: HMS Bacchante
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Yard number: 338
Launched: 21 February 1901
Fate: Sold for scrap 1 July 1920
General characteristics
Displacement: 12,000 tons
Length: 472 ft (144 m)
Beam: 69.5 ft (21.2 m)
Propulsion: 2-shaft, 4 cylinder, triple expansion engines
twin propellers
Speed: 21 knots

2 × BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk X guns
12 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk VII guns

13 × 12 pounder guns

HMS Bacchante was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser launched in 1901 for the Royal Navy. Bacchante served for a while with the Mediterranean Fleet. In 1906 she was transferred to the North America and West Indies Squadron and served there until she returned to home waters.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Baccante served as the flagship of the Live Bait Squadron, blockading the English Channel from the North Sea to German traffic.

Bacchante took part in the landing at Anzac Cove during the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915. When the infantry came under fire from Turkish artillery at Gaba Tepe, Bacchante approached close in to shore and fired directly on the gun emplacements in an attempt to silence them.

Bacchante was sold in 1920.


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