Eclipse class masted cruisers of the
Royal Navy launched from 1875-77. Ships in the class were HMS Eclipse,
HMS Diana, HMS Dido, HMS Doris, HMS Isis, HMS Juno, HMS Minerva, HMS
Talbot and HMS Venus. ordered under the Spencer naval programme of
1893. These second class cruisers had a laregr dispalcement than
previous 2nd class cruisers and also a heavier calibre of armament.
HMS Diana was built at Fairfields
and laid down on the 13th August 1894, being launched 5th December 1895.
completed for service 15th June 1897. She serve din the Mediterranean
until 1913 and transferred back the the UK to the 3rd Fleet at Devonport.
At the outbreak of war HMS Diana joined the The Cruiser Force G in the
English Channel. and on the 6tyh August captured A German Schooner. In February
1915 she joined the 12th cruiser squadron and was transferred in November
1915 to the China Station until August 1917, moving to the red Sea and
Indian Ocean until the end of the war. In June 1919 she was paid off at
Queenstown and scrapped in 1920
HMS Dido was built at London and
Glasgow and laid down on the 30th August 1894, being launched 20th March
1896. completed for service 10th May 1898. In 1907 HMS Dido joined the
the Channel Fleet then in 1909 joined the Home Fleet at the Nore.
1sr battle squadron in 1909 - 1910 and then went to Chatham for refit.
In September 1911 joined the Home fleet at the Nore again
HMS Doris was built at Barrow by
Naval Construction and Armaments Company and laid down on the 29th
August 1894, being launched 3rd March 1896. completed for service 18th
HMS Juno was built at Barrow by
Naval Construction and Armaments Company and laid down on the 22nd June
1894, being launched 16th November 1895. completed for service 16th June
Displacement: 5600 tons.
I.H.P: c.8,000 Length: 350 feet. Beam:
53 ft 6 ins. Depth: 20 ft 6 ins. Speed: