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Canopus Class battleships of the Royal Navy included HMS Canopus built at Portsmouth, HMS Goliath built at Chatham, HMS Ocean built at Devonport, HMS Glory built at Laird, HMS Albion built at Thames and HMS Vengeance built at Vickers.

This class of ship except HMS Vengeance was built under the 1896 naval building programme (Vengeance in the1897 programme) These battleships were slightly smaller and faster than the Majestic Class and Built with the China Station role in mind. This was because of the Increase in Naval sea power that Japan had built up, this threat remained until 1905 when the British-Japanese treaty was signed.  These battleships were the first to be fitted with water-tube boilers which allowed for higher power without any increase in weight (using Belleville Boilers.)

Displacement: 12,950 tons.   Length: 410 ft.   Beam: 74 ft.  Draught: 26.5 ft.   Complement: 750.   Armament: four 12 ins guns, twelve 6 ins guns, ten 3 ins guns, six 3 pounder guns and two maxims with four torpedo tubes.

 

HMS ALBION 21ST JUNE 1898 SOLD FOR B/U 11TH DECEMBER 1919
HMS CANOPUS 12TH OCTOBER 1897 SOLD FOR B/U 28TH JANUARY 1920
HMS GLORY 11TH MARCH 1899 SOLD FOR B/U 19TH DECEMBER 1922
HMS GOLIATH 25TH MARCH 1898 TORPEDOED 13TH MAY 1915
HMS OCEAN 5TH JULY 1898 MINED 18TH MARCH 1915
HMS VENGEANCE 25TH JULY 1899 SOLD FOR B/U 1ST DECEMBER 1921
HMS Albion

HMS Albion - Name History

The sixth “Albion” is a 14-gun twin-screw battleship, built at Blackwall in 1898.  She is of 12,950 tons, 13,500 horsepower, and 18 knots speed.  Her length, draught, and beam were 390ft, 74ft, and 26ft.

           An unfortunate accident took place when she was launched on June 21st.  A wave caused by her displacement ran up a side creek, and brought about the collapse of a staging upon which 200 people were standing.  Although every available means of rescue were used, 34 persons were drowned, the unhappy victims, with few exceptions, being women and children.

Officers of HMS Albion.

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HMS Albion, 1901.

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HMS Albion being towed by HMS Canopus, May 1915.

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HMS Albion photographed early 1915 just before being sent to the Dardanelles

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FEANCIS JULIAN...  My uncle Francis Julian was stationed in the Range Finder during the operation in the Dardanelles when together with a French warship, HMS Albion was sunk by land based torpedo fire.  He was also a 1st Class gym instructor.