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HMS King Edward VII.   Royal Naval battleship of the King Edward VII Class. build a Devonport dock yard and paid down ion 8th March 1902 as part of the 1901-1902 naval programme. Launched 23rd July 1903.  and completed February 1905. had ongoing repairs during 1906 and in  march 1907 was re commissioned as Flagship for the channel Fleet. became Flagship to Vice Admiral of the 2nd division Home Fleet in March 1909. until June 1911 when she was relieved by HMS Hercules. HMS King George VII went to the Nore with reduced crew in August 1911as flagship , Vice Admiral for the 3rd and 4th divisions.. In May 1912 joined the 3rd battle squadron for a short period in the Mediterranean. before becoming flagship for  Vice Admiral Bradford as flagship 3rd Battle squadron. On the 6th January 1916, HMS King Edward VII was mined  off Cape Wrath. with both engine rooms flooded HMS King Edward VII capsized 12 hours later and sunk.  

Armament: Four 4inch guns in pairs, four 9.2 inch guns in singles, ten 6 inch guns in pairs, fourteen 12 pdr guns, fourteen 3 pdr guns, two maxims and five torpedo tubes.    Displacement: 16,350 tons.    Speed: 18 knots.   Complement: 777.

HMS King Edward VII, 1905.

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HMS King Edward VII.

HMS King Edward VII with Vice Admiral Sir William Henry May KCVO inset.

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HMS King Edward VII

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HMS King Edward VII.

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HMS King Edward VII.

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HMS King Edward VII.

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HMS King Edward VII 

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HMS King Edward VII.

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/'Launched 23rd July 1903. In March 1907 became flag ship to the Channel fleet, in June 1911 joined 2nd division Home Fleet. In May 1912, joined 3rd Battle Squadron in the Mediterranean after which HMS King Edward VII joined the Grand Fleet as flag ship of the 3rd Battle Squadron (flag ship of Vice Admiral Bradford). On 6th January 1916 she was mined off Cape Wrath, both engine rooms flooded and she capsized 12 hours later.

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Our Newest Naval Gun The 9.2 in which was to be carried by the King Edward VII.

the restless progress which the production of what an old writer calls "vile guns and villainous saltpetre" continues to make, in spite of all the efforts of peace societies and other praiseworthy agencies, is well exemplified in the above picture. It is difficult to convey in a few simple words any popular idea of this tremendous weapon. Perhaps the best method is to refer to the 4.7 in which became "familiar in our mouths as a household word" in the early days of the war. the above monster is more than twice as good - or, from an enemy's point of view, as bad - as the 4.7 in, for it embodies still later ideas of skilled and scientific construction.

Extract taken from the Army & Navy Illustrated May 10th 1902.

 

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