Devastation Class

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Devastation Class Battleships.

HMS Devastation built at Portsmouth and launched 12th July 1871. Her sister ship HMS Thunderer was built at Pembroke dockyard and launched 26th May 1877. These early Royal Navy battleships were the idea of Sir E J Reed of the Admiralty as an improvement on the old Prince Albert design. Thunderer was involved in an accident in 1879 when one of her 38ton guns was double loaded causing the barrel to burst. Shortly after this in 1881 she was refitted as was Devastation with improvements in ventilation, and an overhaul of machinery. Devastation and Thunderer underwent modernization in 1890-92 and old guns were replaced with quick-firers and breechloaders. HMS Devastation and HMS Thunderer were removed from the Navy List in 1907 with Devastation being sold in May 1908 and Thunderer in 1909.

Armament: four 29 ton guns, six 6 pounder guns and eight 3 pounder quick firers with a partial belt of armour from 12ins to10 ins.   Displacement: 9,330 tons.   I.H.P: 7,000.   Length: 285 ft.   Beam: 62ft 3 ins.   Max Draught: 27ft 6ins.   Speed: 14 knots (after modernisation).   Complement: 410.   

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HMS  DEVASTATION 12TH JULY 1871 SOLD  MAY  1908
HMS THUNDERER 25TH MARCH 1872 SOLD FOR B/U JULY 1909
 

HMS Devastation - Portguard Ship at Devonport

The Devastation was an iron second-class battleship and was completed for sea in 1873. She was built at Portsmouth Dockyard and engined by Messrs Maudsley, Son & Field. Commissioned at Portsmouth in December 1893 under Captain William M Lang of Fleet Reserve at Devonport.

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HMS Thunderer pictured pre 1896

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