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Royal Naval Drake Class armoured cruisers. The Drake Class consisted of HMS Drake, HMS Good Hope, HMS King Alfred and HMS Leviathan. These armoured cruisers were enlarged versions of the Cressy class but with increased armament of four 6 ins guns.

Displacement: 14,150 tons.    Horse power: 30,000.    Length: 500 ft.    Beam: 71 ft 4 ins.    Draught: 26 ft.    Armament: two 9.2 ins guns, sixteen 6 ins quick firing guns, fourteen 12 pounder guns, three 3 pounder guns and two 18 ins torpedo tubes.   Speed: 23 knots.    Complement: 900.

HMS Drake 5th March 1901 Sunk by torpedo on 2nd October 1917.
HMS Good Hope 21st February 1901 Sunk by gunfire 1st November 1914.
HMS King Alfred 28th October 1901 Sold and broken up 30th January 1920.
HMS Leviathan 3rd July 1901 Sold and broken up 3rd March 1920.
HMS Good Hope

HMS Good Hope - Name History

The second “GOOD HOPE” is an 18-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Fairfield in 1901.  She is of 14,100 tons, 31,000 horse-power, and 24 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 500ft., 71ft., and 26ft.  This vessel’s original name was “Africa,” but it was changed to “Good Hope” before launching, in honour of the Cape Colony government, who had decided to present the Imperial government with a sum equivalent to the interest on her capital value. On November 25th, 1992, the “Good Hope” left Portsmouth, commanded by Captain C.E. Madden and flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Wilmot H. Fawkes, conveying the Rt. Hon. Joseph Chamberlain to South Africa in connection with the settlement of many questions arising on the conclusion of the second Boer War.  She arrived at Durban on December 26th, 1902, and Mr. Chamberlain returned to England in the following year in the Union Castle.  “Norman.”

HMS Good Hope, 1912.

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HMS Good Hope before she was sunk by the German fleet off the coast of Chile on 1st November 1914. 

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HMS Good Hope, sunk in the Battle of Coronel. 

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HMS Good Hope.

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HMS Good Hope.

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HMS Good Hope

HMS Good Hope.  Contributed by email.

HMS Good Hope, flagship to Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock (inset) during 1914.

Ronald Mar, believes this ship either to be HMS Good Hope or HMS King Alfred 

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The crew of HMS Good Hope pictured c.1914. 

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HMS Good Hope.  

Inside the casement of HMS Good Hope.

HMS Good Hope from the fore bridge.

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HMS King Alfred

HMS King Alfred, 1910.

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HMS King Alfred, 1906, Far East.

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HMS King Alfred

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HMS King Alfred.  

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HMS King Alfred.

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HMS King Alfred, c.1902

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HMS King Alfred.

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HMS King Alfred, 1903.

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HMS King Alfred.  

Thanks to Peter Gillespie

HMS King Alfred.Contributed by email.

Spotlights shining, 1906.

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HMS King Alfred, stranded at Shoeburyness, 5th May 1905.

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Crossing the Line on HMS King Alfred, 1906.

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Crossing the Line on HMS King Alfred, 1906.

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Crossing the Line on HMS King Alfred, 1906.

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Captain of HMS King Alfred, 1906.

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Crew member of HMS King Alfred, 1906.

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Crew of HMS King Alfred, 1906.

Possibly playing cricket?

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HMS Leviathan

HMS Leviathan.

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HMS Leviathan.

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HMS Leviathan pictured c.1912, with her war paint. 

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The Armoured Cruiser Leviathan

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The Leviathan was built at Clydebank and completed at Portsmouth. She had a water-line armour belt, while her two 9.2 in guns were placed in armoured barbettes, her 6 in quick firers were also well protected by armour. While en route to Portsmouth from the Clyde she maintained a speed of 19 knots while being able on paper to reach 23 knots. The ships in this class were a great improvement on the old protected cruisers.

HMS Leviathan

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HMS Leviathan, 1909.

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HMS Leviathan, at breakers, 1920s.

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Football team of the E.R.A's (Engine Room Artificers) of HMS Leviathan, 1916.

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HMS LEVIATHAN

JAMES HODGES KELLY... My Grandfather [Stoker first class James Hodges Kelly] served on the Leviathan between 13 June 1909 and 16 May 1911.  I understand there was a mutiny on board on or around 1st April 1911 as the ship was entering Gibraltar harbour, en  route back from firing ranges in Morocco.  I wondered if you knew any details about this mutiny or where I could find out more.  I suspect my Grandfather was not involved, since he undertook a qualification shortly after, on 15 May, in mechanics, fireman(ship) and auxilary machinery.  Denise Beddows     DeniseBeddows@aol.com