HMS Warspite (1884)

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HMS Warspite, about 1885, with her original 2 brig masts
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Imperieuse-class armoured cruiser
Name: HMS Warspite
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 25 October 1881
Launched: 29 January 1884
Commissioned: 1886
Fate: Sold for breaking up 4 April 1905
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,400 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: 16.75kts
Complement: 555

4 x BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk III guns
6 x BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns

6 x torpedo tubes
Armour: Belt 10 in

HMS Warspite was an Imperieuse-class first-class armoured cruiser, launched on 29 January 1884 and commissioned in 1886. Warspite was the flagship on the Pacific Station between 1890 and 1893, then a port guard ship at Queenstown until 1896. From 1896 to 1899 she again served as the flagship of the Pacific Station.

Morris[1] states that Warspite had her sailing rig removed while building. The illustration of her with masts therefore shows her on trials, or is conjectural.

File:Warspite 2.jpg
Warspite as she appeared later in her career, with a single military mast and sailing rig removed

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.


  1. Morris, Douglas Cruisers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies 0907771351 p. 30

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