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HMS Canopus 1898 

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HMS Canopus Built at Portsmouth Dockyard and laid down on the 4th January 1897, launched 21st June 1898 and Completed December 1899, at a cost of 783,721.  Only one of the class to serve in the Mediterranean fleet  instead of the China station until returning to the Channel fleet in 1906 and in that year went into refit, to receive Fire control. Further refitting was done while with the reserve  at Portsmouth with reduced crew in 1908 - 09,  on returning to the fleet she served as the parent ship for the 4th Division at the Nore and with the home fleet from May 1912 and again refitted at Chatham dockyard In 1913 HMS Canopus was stationed at Pembroke and at the outbreak of the great war joined the 8th battle squadron of the Channel fleet, under Admiral Stoddart on the Cape Verde Station and acted as guardship at St Vincent. and then to Abrolhos Rocks a coaling Station in the South Atlantic. soon after  she was sent to the Falkland Islands When HMS Canopus arrived at Port Stanley in bad condition and needing repairs. Admiral Cradock was concerned with the poor sailing speed of the Canopus. The Canpus was separated from the main fleet and was ordered to sail with two Colliers and were ordered to sail to the Island of St. Felix where they were to await the fleet.  But the fleet never arrived as they were decimated by the German squadron. (see HMS Monmouth, HMS good Hope).  The canpus returned to Porrt Stanlery where she became berthed in the mud at the entrance of the port. \under captain Heathcoat Grant.  With the German squadron expected to attack,  HMS Canpus guarded the entrance with her 12-inch guns, aswell as the outer entrance was mined and also there were three batteries of twelve pounders.  HMS Canopus was the only ship at Port Stabnley whenVon Spee's ships appeared.  Canopus opened fire.  this being the  first shot in the battle of the Falkland islands. Due to this fire and also seeing the tripod masts of the battlecruisers Invincible and Inflexible, Von Spee withdrew his ships.  If he has attacked Port Stanley he certainly would have inflicted major damage.,  After the destruction of Von Spees squadron. HMS Canupus returned to Abrolhos Rocks.  From February 1915  she was sent to the Mediterranean to support the Dardanelle's expedition.  while there she had a narrow escape from a Torpedo from a German Submarine , the same night her sister ship HMS Ocean\ was sunk. HMS Canapus was also damaged by Turkish Gun fire on the 28th April and 2nd May 1915. she involved in grounding off Gaba Tepe. In October 1915 she transported troops to Salonika.  She returned to Chatham Docks on Tuesday 2nd May 1916. On returning back to Britain she became the guard ship on the East Coast until 1918 when she was sent to Devonport, where she became a accommodation ship until being sold to the breakers in 1920 .

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.

The crew of HMS Canapus on commissioned was   

Officers: Executive Officers   27,   Civil Branch officers  16  and Warrant Officers 6.

All Ratings (Seamna Class)   356.    Signalmen   11   Engine Room Staff  142

Artisans  28   Sick Berth Staff  3   Accounting Staff  5   Naval Police, Cooks, Bandsman  41

Royal Marines Royal Marine Artillery  50   Royal marines (Royal marine Light Infantry)

HMS Canopus, 1915.

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HMS Canopus.  Photograph published 1915

HMS Canopus, 1899

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HMS Canopus

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Completing HMS Canopus at Portsmouth.

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Royal Navy Canapus Class battleship

A team from HMS Canopus with the Admiral's Cup from the Land Attack Competition in 1902.

HMS Canopus - Sister ships of the Canopus Class
HMS ALBION 21ST JUNE 1898 SOLD FOR B/U 11TH DECEMBER 1919
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
 

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