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HMS Bellerophon - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Bellerophon

Name : HMS Bellerophon
Laid Down : 28th December 1863
Launched : 26th April 1865
Completed : 11th April 1866
Type : Battleship
Class :
Builder : Chatham
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 2nd ship with this name.
Pennants :
Fate : Became port guard ship at Pembroke Dock in 1892. Converted to a stokers' training ship March 1904 and renamed Indus III. Sold for scrap 12th December 1922.

Displacement: 7551 tons (load). Complement: 550. Engine: Penn 2 cyl. HT, one shaft. 8 rectangular boilers. 14 kts. Armour: Battery 6", Belt 6" amidships reducing to 3" at the bows and 4.5" at the stern, both with 10" wood backing. CT 8". The prototype of the Central Battery Ship in the RN; she was designed by Edward Reed. In a successful effort to produce a more handy (if not faster) ship her LOA was reduced by eighty feet in comparison with WARRIOR and Armament was ten 9" MLR, five to a side, within the armoured box. There were three 7" MLR as stern chasers and two more 7" MLR as bow chasers, plus four 12pdr Arstrong breechloaders for saluting. In her refit in 1881-4 the 9" MLRs were replaced by 8" BLs, the three 7" sternchasers replaced by two 6" BLs and the two 7" bowchasers by two 6" BLs. The four 12pdrs were removed and six 4" BLs installed in their stead. She was also equipped with two torpedo carriages for 16" Whiteheads at main deck ports outside the armoured citadel. A dull mover under canvas. In this ship the mens' accomodation was improved but that of the officers was decidedly worstened.

She was commissioned in 1866 under Captain Tatham and joined the Channel Squadron, being then the most powerful ship in the RN. There she served for five years followed by a year in the Mediterranean. She then returned home to pay off and be fitted as a flagship. A poop was added. In October, 1873 she became flagship on the North America and West Indies Station, enroute to which she was run into by the SS FLAMSTEED, the latter sinking as a result but BELLEROPHON suffered only minor damage. She was to serve as flagship on this Station for fourteen years, broken by a major refit and rearmament in the UK which was completed in 1885. She returned to the UK in 1892 to pay off.

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Officers of HMS Bellerophon, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 1886.


Officers of HMS Bellerophon, Quebec, August.


HMS Bellerophon, 1866.

Timeline Entries :


26th May 1865 - Launched
1890 - North America and West Indies Station
11th March 1890 - Arrived Havannah
14th March 1890 - Arrived Nassau
15th March 1890 - Sailed Nassau for Bermuda
21st March 1890 - Arrived Bermuda
15th July 1890 - Sailed Newfoundland
15th July 1890 - Flagship of Vice-Admiral George Watson
6th August 1890 - Sailed Newport, Rhode Island for Halifaz
28th August 1890 - Flagship of Vice-Ad,iral W.G. Watson
28th August 1890 - Sailed Halifax for Quebec
10th November 1890 - Sailed Halifax for Bermuda
10th November 1890 - Flagship of Vice Admiral Watson
11th November 1890 - Sailed Halifax for Bermuda
11th November 1890 - Flagship Vice-Admiral G.W. Watson
20th November 1890 - Arrived Bermuda
1891 - North America and West Indies Station
20th March 1891 - Arrived Bermuda
8th June 1891 - Sailed Bermuda for Halifax
10th October 1891 - Arrived Halifax
1892 - North America and West Indies Station
1892 - Became Portguard Ship In 1892
7th January 1892 - Sailed Bermuda for Antigua
3rd February 1892 - Capt. C.C. Drury in Command
3rd February 1892 - Flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir G.W. Watson
10th February 1892 - Arrived Bermuda
11th February 1892 - At Bermuda
14th February 1892 - Arrived Bermuda
23rd March 1892 - Sailed Bermuda
24th March 1892 - Sailed Bermuda for England
9th April 1892 - Arrived Plymouth from Bermuda
10th April 1892 - Arrived Plymouth
11th April 1892 - Ceased Flagship of Admiral Sir George Watson
31st May 1892 - Commissioned at Plymouth
31st May 1892 - Capt. Cochrane in Command
22nd July 1892 - Arrived Plymouth from Milford Haven
22nd August 1892 - Sailed Cowes
15th December 1892 - Port Guardship at Pembroke
15th December 1892 - Arrived Plymouth and sailed for Ferrol
15th December 1892 - Capt. Basil Cochrane in Command
20th December 1892 - Arrived Ferrol
9th January 1896 - At Plymouth, A Division, Reserve Fleet
1904 - Converted To Training Ship and Renamed Indus Iii

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Last edited : 00:58, April 11, 2013
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