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HMS Colossus - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Colossus

Name : HMS Colossus
Laid Down : 6th June 1879
Launched : 21st March 1882
Completed : 31st October 1886
Type : Battleship
Class : Colossus
Builder : Portsmouth
Country : UK
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Fate : Scrapped 6th October 1908.

HMS Colossus, Royal Naval battleship with sister ship HMS Edinburgh, launched 1882. Colossus served in the Mediterranean until 1893 and then became a coastguard ship before being placed in reserve in 1901. She then became a tender to HMS Excellent in 1904. In these ships the 12 inch breechloader was adopted and an attempt at what was then a very considerable speed was made. An auxiliary armament of five 6 inch guns were mounted on the superstructure. HMS Colossus was put up for sale by the Royal Navy in 1906 but was not broken up until October 1908. Displacement: 9,420 tons. Length: 325ft. Beam:68ft. Draught: 26' 3". Guns: Four 45 ton BLR, five 6 inch guns. Horse power: 7,500 hp. Speed: 15.5 knots.

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Timeline Entries :


21st March 1882 - Launched
13th April 1886 - Commissioned
1890 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
15th January 1890 - At Gibraltar
27th January 1890 - Capt. Hugo L. Pearson in Command
5th February 1890 - Sailed Gobraltar for Malta
5th February 1890 - Capt. Hugo L. Pearson in Command
7th February 1890 - At Gibraltar
14th February 1890 - Sailed Gibraltar for Malta to pay off
8th August 1890 - Arrived Salonica
16th August 1890 - Sailed Salonika for Lemnos
1891 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
14th February 1891 - Arrived Malta
9th March 1891 - Arrived Piraeus
13th March 1891 - Sailed Piraeus for Smyrna
19th May 1891 - Sailed Malta for summer Cruise
25th May 1891 - Sailed Malta for Corfu
7th July 1891 - Arrived Navarino
4th August 1891 - Arrived Alexandria
4th August 1891 - Arrived Alexandria
10th August 1891 - Arrived Alexandria
14th August 1891 - Sailed Alexandria for Lemnos
14th August 1891 - Sailed Alexandria for Lemnos
17th August 1891 - Arrived Lemnos
24th August 1891 - Sailed Lemnos for Thaso
25th August 1891 - Arrived Thaso
3rd September 1891 - Sailed Thaso for Mitylene
17th September 1891 - Arrived Marmarice
1892 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
15th March 1892 - Arrived Alexandria
14th April 1892 - Arrived Malta from Alexandria
31st May 1892 - Sailed Malta for Nauplia and summer cruise
4th June 1892 - Arrived Nauplia
8th December 1892 - At Malta
1893 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
15th November 1893 - Paid off at Portsmouth
4th August 1895 - At Lough Swilley with the Reserve Fleet
16th July 1896 - Sailed Falmouth Roads
18th July 1896 - Arrived Milford Haven
26th June 1897 - Capt. S.A. Johnson in Command
26th June 1897 - Fleet Review celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
23rd January 1899 - Arrived in Plymouth Sound
2nd July 1900 - Arrived Plymouth from Holyhead
2nd July 1900 - Capt. J.E.C. Goodrich in Command
5th July 1900 - Capt. J.E.C. Goodrich in Command
5th July 1900 - Sailed Plymouth for Torbay
7th July 1900 - Participated in the Summer Fleet Manoeuvres
7th July 1900 - At Torbay
1st March 1901 - Arrived Portland
15th December 1904 - In Portland Roads
6th October 1908 - Sold For Break Up

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