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HMS Hercules - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Hercules

Name : HMS Hercules
Laid Down : 1st February 1866
Launched : 10th February 1868
Completed : 21st November 1868
Type : Battleship
Class :
Builder : Chatham
Country : UK
Pennants :
Fate : Renamed CALCUTTA 1909.FISGARD II in 1915. Sold for breaking up, 1932.
Later became : HMS Calcutta

The Hercules was an enlarged version of the Bellerophon. In 1878 Two 14 inch Torpedo carriages were added. and in 1886 net defences were also added. She went into refit and major re construction work was done including being re engined and six 4.7 inch quick firing guns added and two6 inch QF guns in the bow. and Nine 6 pounder QF and Thirteen 3 pounder QF were also fitted. with her new engines she could make 15.9 knots. But after her refit she was put into reserve and reclassified as a third class battleship. In 1905 she became an accommodation ship. Displacement: 8677 tons. full load 88390 tons. Speed: 14.7 knots. Crew 638. Although a good gun platform, she was difficult to handle in heavy weather. Armament: Eight 10 inch MLR, Two 9 inch MLR and Four 7 inch MLR. (plus the above alterations)

Commissioned at Chatham in 1868 by Captain Lord Gilford for the Channel Squadron with which she remained for six years. With consumate judgement, Gilford pulled the AGINCOURT off the Pearl Rock (near Gibraltar)in 1871, an achievement much admired in the Service. Paid off in 1874 for refit preparatory to going to the Mediterranean as flagship in 1875. Paid off at Portsmouth in 1877. Guardship of the Reserve in the Clyde 1878-1881.In 1881 flagship of the Duke of Edinburg, Admiral commanding the Coastguard and Reserves. Flagship of the Reserve Fleet on a cruise to the Baltic. Paid off for refit in 1890. From 1892 moored at Portsmouth. Flag of C-in-C 1904. Removed from the Effective List and to Gibraltar in 1905 as a barracks ship. Towed back to UK by a cruiser in 1914.

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HMS Hercules, 1868.


HMS Hercules, 1868.

Timeline Entries :


1st February 1866 - Laid down at Chatham Dockyard
10th February 1868 - Launched
21st November 1868 - Completed
31st December 1869 - Carried out first trial under steam
16th August 1889 - On Manoeuvres off Ireland
13th March 1890 - Guardship at Portland
April 1891 - Taken in hand for refit
15th February 1892 - Carried out machinery trials at Portsmouth
6th June 1892 - Sailed Portsmouth for preliminary trial of engines
8th June 1892 - Sailed Portsmouth for further trials
23rd June 1892 - Sailed Portsmouth for full power trials
9th January 1896 - At Portsmouth A Division, Reserve Fleet
1905 - Accommodation Ship
1909 - Renamed Calcutta

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Last edited : 01:05, April 11, 2013
By : patroclus

First Added : 14:50, February 28, 2011
By : kc


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