Diadem Class

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Diadem Class cruisers of the Royal Navy. Cruisers in the class were HMS Amphitrite, HMS Diadem, HMS Andromeda, HMS Argonaut, HMS Ariadne, HMS Europa, HMS Niobe and HMS Spartiate

HMS Amphitrite, photographed 1904.

HMS Amphitrite 5th January 1898 Sold for scrapping 12th April 1920.
HMS Andromeda 30th April 1897 Used for harbour service September 1913 then sold August 1920.
HMS Argonaut 24th January 1898 Used for harbour service 1916 then sold May 1920.
HMS Ariadne 22nd April 1898 Sunk by torpedo 26th July 1917.
HMS Diadem 21st October 1896 Used for harbour service 1918 then sold for scrap 9th May 1921.
HMS Europa 20th March 1897 Sold 15th September 1920.
HMS Niobe 20th February 1897 Used by Royal Canadian Navy 1910, then used for harbour service October 1915 and eventually broken up 1922.
HMS Spartiate 27th October 1898 Used for harbour service 1913 then sold July 1932.

HMS Amphitrite

The Amphitrite ready to be Launched

The Stern of the Amphitrite

The Launch of the Amphitrite, 5th January 1898

HMS Amphitrite.

HMS Amphitrite.

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HMS Andromeda

HMS Andromeda

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HMS Andromeda c.1905

HMS Argonaut

HMS Argonaut - Name History

The fourth ?Argonaut? is a 16-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Govan in 1898.  She is of 11,000 tons, 18,000 horsepower, and 20.8 knots speed.  Her length, bema, and draught were 435ft, 69ft, and 25ft.  This vessel eventually became a training ship for stokers at Portsmouth.

HMS Argonaut pictured c.1905. 

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HMS Argonaut.

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HMS Ariadne

HMS Ariadne - Name History

The sixth ?Ariadne? is a 16-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Clydebank in 1898.  She is of 11,000 tons, 18,000 horsepower, and 21 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 435ft, 69ft, and 25ft.  In 1902 the ?Ariadne,? commanded by Captain Montagu E. Browning, and flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir A.L. Douglas, controlled the arrangements of the blockade of the mostly at Trinidad, the active work of the blockade being entrusted to Commodore R. A. J. Montgomerie, with his broad pennant in ?Charybdis.?

HMS Ariadne pictured c.1908 

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HMS Ariadne.  

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In 1902 HMS Ariadne was the flagship on the North America and West Indies Station, where she flew the flag of Vice-Admiral A L Douglas, whose portrait is shown in the top right of the photograph. The Ariadne was an armoured cruiser built at Clydebank in 1896 and launched in 1898.

Some of the crew from HMS Ariadne pictured c.1909 before she was sunk in 1917. 

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HMS Diadem

HMS Diadem

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HMS Diadem.

Captain Harry S F Niblett of the first-class cruiser HMS Diadem surrounded by his officers c.1900.

HMS Diadem - Name History

The fourth ?DIADEM? is a 16-gun twin-screw cruiser launched at Govan in 1896.  She is of 11,000 tons, 16,500 horse-power, and 20 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 435ft., 69ft., and 26ft.

HMS Europa

HMS Europa.

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HMS Europa pictured circa 1898

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HMS Europa.

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HMS Niobe

HMS Niobe pictured circa 1898

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HMS Spartiate

HMS Spartiate

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HMS Spartiate c.1904. 

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HMS Spartiate.

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