HMS Warspite (1884)

For other ships with the same name, see HMS Warspite.
HMS Warspite, about 1885, with her original 2 brig masts
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Warspite
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 25 October 1881
Launched: 29 January 1884
Commissioned: 1886
Fate: Sold for breaking up 4 April 1905
General characteristics
Class and type: Imperieuse-class armoured cruiser
Displacement: 8,400 t (8,300 long tons)
Length: 315 ft (96 m) pp
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draught: 26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
Propulsion: 2 Shaft Penn engine
Speed: 16.75 knots (31.02 km/h)
Complement: 555
Armour: Belt: 10 in (250 mm)

HMS Warspite was an Imperieuse-class first-class armoured cruiser, launched on 29 January 1884 and commissioned in 1886.


Morris[1] states that Warspite had her sailing rig removed while building. The illustration of her with masts therefore shows her on trials, or is conjectural.

Service history

Warspite was the flagship on the Pacific Station between 1890 and 1893, then a port guard ship at Queenstown until 1896. From 1896 until 1902 she again served as the flagship of the Pacific Station. Captain Thomas Philip Walker was appointed in command in March 1899, when Rear-Admiral Henry Palliser was Commander-in-Chief of the station. In June 1899 she became the flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Beaumont, and from late 1900 she was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Andrew Bickford, with Captain Colin Richard Keppel as flag captain in command of the ship.[2] In late March 1902, Rear-Admiral Bickford transferred his flag to the newly arrived HMS Grafton, and was joined by Captain Keppel. Warspite returned home under the command of Captain John Locke Marx (who had arrived on Grafton),[3] stopping at Bahia and São Vicente, Cape Verde on the way. She arrived at Plymouth on 28 May 1902,[4] and paid off at Chatham on 1 July,[5] when she was placed in the D Division of the Dockyard reserve and prepared for emergency service.[6]

Warspite as she appeared later in her career, with a single military mast and sailing rig removed

She was sold on 4 April 1904 to Thos W Ward of Preston. She arrived on the River Mersey on 3 October 1905 and then travelled on to Preston for breaking up.


  1. Morris, Douglas Cruisers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies 0907771351 p. 30
  2. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36395). London. 6 March 1901. p. 10.
  3. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36720). London. 20 March 1902. p. 10.
  4. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36780). London. 29 May 1902. p. 7.
  5. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36809). London. 2 July 1902. p. 7.
  6. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36794). London. 14 June 1902. p. 9.


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