HMS Northampton (1876)

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HMS Northampton (1876).jpg
HMS Northampton is dressed overall in this photograph of her as she appeared after the addition of a fighting top to her mizzen during her 1889-1891 refit.
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Nelson class armoured cruiser
Name: HMS Northampton
Builder: Robert Napier & Sons, Govan
Laid down: October 26, 1874
Launched: November 18, 1876
Commissioned: 1881
Reclassified: Training ship, June 1894
Fate: Sold for breaking up April 4, 1905
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,473 tons
Length: 280 ft (85 m) pp
Beam: 60 ft (18 m)
Draught: 24 ft 10 in (7.57 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Penn engine
Speed: 13kts
Complement: 560

4 x 10-inch (254 mm) Muzzle Loading Rifles
8 x 9-inch (229 mm) Muzzle Loading Rifles
6 x 20 pdr (removed 1886)
6 x 6 pdr QF (added 1886)
8 x 3pdr QF (added 1886)

2 x Torpedo Tubes (added 1886)

HMS Northampton was a Nelson class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy, built by Robert Napier & Sons, Govan, Scotland and launched in 1876. The Nelson class were "essentially second-class ironclads".[1] She was launched in 1876 but not commissioned until 1881.

HMS Northampton was flagship of the North America and West Indies Station until she was placed in reserve in 1886.[1] She was hulked as a boys' training ship in 1894 and sold for breaking up in 1905 to Ward, of Morecambe.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lyon p 268

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