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HMS Devastation - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Devastation

Name : HMS Devastation
Laid Down : 12th November 1869
Launched : 12th July 1871
Completed : 19th April 1873
Type : Battleship
Class : Devastation
Builder : Portsmouth
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Sold 12th May 1908.

HMS Devastation built at Portsmouth and launched 12th July 1871. The idea of Sir E J Reed of the Admiralty as an improvement on the old Prince Albert design. in 1881 Devastation was refitted with improvements in ventilation, and an overhaul of machinery. Devastation underwent modernization in 1890-92 and old guns were replaced with quick-firers and breechloaders. HMS Devastation was removed from the Navy List in 1907, being sold in May 1908. Armament: four 29 ton guns, six 6 pounder guns and eight 3 pounder quick firers with a partial belt of armour from 12ins to10 ins. Displacement: 9,330 tons. I.H.P: 7,000. Length: 285 ft. Beam: 62ft 3 ins. Max Draught: 27ft 6ins. Speed: 14 knots (after modernisation). Complement: 410.

Extract from the Naval and Military Gazette :

We hesitated to give currency to reports which reached us during the cruise of the Devastation round the coast with the Channel Squadron, as we had good reason to believe that it was the intention of the Admiralty to pay her off, and berth her in Portsmouth harbour as a tender to the Excellent the advantage of so doing being that a very large number of men passing through the School of Gunnery would thus be enabled to become acquainted with the latest improvements in the turret system ... But since the arrival of the Admiralty of Rear Admiral Hornby, late in command of the Channel Squadron, who certainly should be able to form a correct estimate of the Devastion's fitness in every respect for the sea service, it has been determined that she shall be ordered to Gibraltar, there probably to remain during the coming winter as a kind of 'guardo'. A cruise across the bay in the month of November is not looked forward to by the present crew, who have had a little experience both of being stifled by being battened down and of being nearly blown out of their hammocks when efforts at ventilation are made by opening up every hatch. Her qualities as a sea boat have been fairly tested, and the present notion of filling her up with stores for six months further service, and then stowing her away at Gibraltar, leads to the conclusion that on this point at least the value of the counsel of the First Lord's new Naval adviser is not altogether apparent.

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The Devastation the Portguard ship at Devonport


The Company of the Devastation 1896.


HMS Devastation, 1873.


HMS Devastation, 1873.


HMS Devastation, in dock, 1873.


HMS Devastation.

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HMS Devastation - Petty Officers, 1896.



HMS Devastation at Devonport.
Flying the flag of Admiral the Hon Sir Edmund Fremantle, who had just taken up the office of Commander-in-Chief in 1896 at Devonport.


HMS Devastation.
July 1894.


HMS Devastation.
Captain Burnard and Non-Commissioned Officers, Marines, 1896.


HMS Devastation.
Returning from her Gibraltar service c.1902.


HMS Devastation - Ship's Boat
Commander Alexander E Stewart in a ship's boat at Devonport dockyard.


HMS Devastation.

Timeline Entries :


12th July 1871 - Launched
16th August 1889 - On Manoeuvres off Ireland
26th March 1890 - Coastguard ship at Queensferry
3rd July 1890 - Refitting at Portsmouth
16th July 1896 - Sailed Falmouth Roads
16th July 1896 - Arrived Portland
26th June 1897 - Capt. W.H. Henderson in Command
26th June 1897 - Fleet Review celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
1899 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
1900 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
1901 - Mediterranean and Red Sea Fleet
20th March 1901 - At Gibraltar
16th August 1902 - Coronation Review at Spithead
16th August 1902 - Capt. G.L. Solater in Command
1908 - Sold

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