Gibraltar, first-class cruiser of the Edgar Class. Launched in 1892, HMS
Gibraltar saw service as one of the Special Flying Squadron commanded by
Displacement: 7,700 tons. Horse power:
12,000. Length 360ft. Beam: 60'
8". Draught: 23' 9".
Armament: two 22 ton guns. ( protected by steel
shields) Speed:19.7 knots.
Gibraltar - Name History
The ninth “GIBRALTAR” is a 12-gun twin-screw
cruiser, launched at Glasgow in 1892.
She is of 7700 tons, 12,000 horse- power, and 19.7 knots speed.
Her length, beam, and draught are 360ft., 60ft., and 24ft.
In 1896 the “Gibraltar,” commanded by Captain Harry Hughes
Hallet, was one of a squadron of six ships which was specially
commissioned in consequence of a congratulatory telegram from the German
Emperor to President Paul Kruger on the occasion of the Repulse of Dr.
Jameson’s Raid. The ships
were called the Particular Service squadron, and were commanded by
Rear-Admiral Alfred Taylor Dale, with his flag in “Revenge.”
HMS Gibraltar, July, 1896
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HMS Gibraltar of the Special Flying Squadron - 1896
The Gibraltar is a steel copper sheathed first class cruiser of the
Naval Defence Act Programme and was launched in 1892. She was built by
contract at the yard of Messrs Napier at Glasgow, and engined by the same
firm. Her displacement is 7,700 tons; I.H.P. 12,000. Length 360ft. Beam
60ft. Maximum draught 23ft 9ins. She carries as her principal
armament two 22 ton guns, protected by steel shields. Her speed is
19.7 knots. The Gibraltar has already been in commission for particular service, but
she last hoisted the pennant in January 1896, as one of the Special Flying
Squadron. She is commanded by Harry F Hughes-Hallet.
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Drill With the 22 Ton Bow Gun on Board HM First-Class Cruiser
The photograph shows a gun detachment of marines at drill with one
of the heavy 22 ton breech-loaders of 9.2 inch bore, forming the principal
armament of the first-class cruiser Gibraltar, of the Flying Squadron
during 1896. The Gibraltar, like her seven sisters, carried two of these
powerful pieces on the upper deck fore and aft, mounted singly behind
thick steel shields, both gun and shield being constructed to revolve on a
turntable, and being capable of training to bear on either broadside, and
ahead or astern, as may be. Heavy as the 22 ton gun was it could be worked
by hand and could fire a shot in a minute. The 22 ton gun, first mounted
in the Blake and Blenheim,
was the heaviest weapon mounted in British cruisers at the time (1896).
HMS Gibraltar of the Flying Squadron - Fitting Out at
The photograph shows HMS Gibraltar fitting out at
Portsmouth immediately after the issuing of the order for the squadron to
be mobilized. Only one week elapsed between the order for the squadron to mobilize
going forth, and the commissioning of the six ships taken up, the last
stages of the operation being shown in the picture, the taking on board of
powder and provisions. To what a point of efficiency the naval
mobilization scheme has attained, the despatch in the fitting out of the
Flying Squadron showed satisfactorily. Everything needed for the complete
equipment of every ship in reserve at each port was kept in store at that
port, placed at hand together, and labelled with the name of the ship,
ready to be put on board rapidly, while the ships themselves were kept in
seagoing condition and constantly inspected - engines, guns and hull.
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HENRY JERVIS. My 2nd Great Uncle served on
HMS Gibraltar. he was born on the 19th November 1882 in Bursledon, Joined
the navy march 2nd 1897 and Sadly drowned in the Suez canal 26th December
`1915. My father has a medallion of his (South Africa on one side and
Victoria Regina ET Imperial on the Other. Covered by a pin and H. Jarvis
Ord. HMS Gibraltar on the side. can anybody provide me with more
information about this. Please contact Gary James at firstname.lastname@example.org