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HMS Victoria, part of the Victoria Class turret ship of the Royal Navy. The Victoria was built at Elswick and engined by Humphrys and launched in 1887 and completed sea trials in 1889. On completion HMS Victoria became the flagship in the Mediterranean of Admiral Sir George Tryon. In course of evolutions off the coast of Syria on June 22nd 1893, she was rammed and sunk by HMS Camperdown, the ship gradually turned over then suddenly turned turtle and capsized. The disaster which cost the lives of Admiral Sir George Tryon and 321 officers and men. Only one other sister ship HMS Sans Pareil built by Blackwall (Thames Ironworks) launched 9th June 1887.

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Displacement:  10,470.    Length: 340ft.   Beam: 70ft.    Draught: 27.    Armament: Two 110 ton, one 9.2 ton gun, twelve 6 inch guns, twentyone anti-torpedo guns and six 14 inch torpedo tubes.    Horse power: 14,000.    Speed: 16.75 knots.

HMS Victoria sinking, 1893.

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HMS Victoria.

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HMS Victoria, 1890.

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HMS Victoria firing, 1890.

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HMS Victoria.  Sent in by Peter Hadwin.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

HMS Victoria in 1890.  Sent in by Peter Hadwin.      (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

HMS Victoria 1892.     Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

HMS Victoria 1892.    Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

HMS Victoria

The turret of HMS Victoria, 1891.

Photograph taken from book published 1892 by captain Eardley Wilmott.  Book owned by Cranston Fine Arts

On Board HMS Victoria 1892.     Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

HMS Victoria at Malta.

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On Board HMS Victoria.   Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

HMS Victoria in dry dock in 1892.  Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

The Guns of HMS Victoria.     Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

Inside the turret of HMS Victoria.     Photo provided by Ian Burr.       (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.)

Chief Stoker Samuel Thomas.  Contributed by great grandson, Steve Clark.

George Lander of HMS Victoria.

Mrs Doris Weaver of Cornwall, my 94year-old mother-in-law, told me that her mother's brother was killed in the sinking of the HMS Victoria in 1893. He was George Lander, born in Portsmouth. His name is inscribed on the "Victoria Memorial" in Victoria Park, Portsmouth. In the family album there is a picture of George in navy uniform and also a Memorial Card giving details of his death.

Transcript of telegram sent to the family of Samuel Thomas after the sinking of HMS Victoria:

Admiralty, S.W. 6th July 1893.

Madam,   In reply to your letter of 5th instant.  I much regret to have to inform you that information has reached this Department that Her Majesty's Ship "Victoria" was lost on the 22nd instant, off the coast of Syria.  It is my painful duty to add that there is reason to fear that Samuel Thomas, Chief Stoker, , Official No 90569, whose name does not appear in the list of those saved, was on board at the time, and was among the number of those drowned, but as all the Ship's Books were lost in the Ship some time must elapse before positive information can be obtained. Further communication will be made to you immediately on the .receipt of reliable information

 

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