HMS Repulse of 1892

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Naval history of HMS Repulse, Royal Navy Pre-Dreadnought steel armoured battleship of the Royal Sovereign Class, built at Pembroke dockyard part of the Naval Defence Act Programme of 1890. Launched 27th February 1892. Commissioned at Portsmouth in April1894 and served in the Channel Squadron. In her last years she served in home waters  and was eventually scrapped in 1911

Displacement: 14,150 tons.    Length: 380 ft.    Beam: 75ft.   Horse power: 13,312.   Draught: 27' 6".    Speed: 18 knots.    Armament: four 67 ton guns in armoured barbettes.     Armour: 18 inch thick.   Complement: 712

HMS Repulse, 1894.

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HMS Repulse, August, 1895

HMS Repulse, 1894.

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The Company of the Repulse

The company of the first-class battleship Repulse amassed on the forecastle of the ship in 1896, numbering in all 712 people. All ratings below the commissioned and warrant officers are shown - seamen, engineers, marines (both infantry and artillery), and stokers, those who were to sail and fight the ship in action, and those who controlled the engines and machinery which gave the power, with other branches of the naval service who administered to the interior economy of the ship and daily life on board.

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The Captain and Officers of HMS Repulse of the Channel Squadron

Captain Ernest Neville Rolfe C.B., who commanded the battleship Repulse in 1896 in the Channel Squadron, is the officer shown in the centre, with a captains four rings of distinction lace on his sleeve, standing with his hands crossed. Next to Captain Rolfe with a dog at his feet, the officer standing with his arms straight down by his side, wearing three rings of lace on his sleeve is the second in command, the Commander. Of the other officers the senior lieutenants (of over eight years service in that rank) may be distinguished by their two rings of lace with an intermediate narrow ring of braid, the junior lieutenants by two rings of lace without any braid between, the sub-lieutenants by one ring of braid. In each case the upper ring is surmounted by a curl denoting combatant rank.

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Some of the Petty Officers of HMS Repulse

The Petty Officers in a big battleship of the first-class, such as the Repulse, included amongst them the most highly trained men of all the various departments on board - seamen, signalling staff, engine-room staff, sick-bay staff, stewards and so on. They took the lead in the carrying on of all the ships duties and assisted the commissioned and warrant officers in exercising general supervision and control. A Petty Officers rating was under ordinary circumstances the highest to which a bluejacket attained, the men being selected from among the leading seamen as vacancies occurred. The petty officers were on board ship, practically what sergeants and corporals were in the army.

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HMS Repulse - A Message to the Captain

Photograph shows Captain E N Rolfe, of the battleship Repulse in 1896 on his quarterdeck, receiving a message which has been signaled from the flagship. The The signal is shown to the Captain by a sub-lieutenant (holding the slate). Facing the Captain is a lieutenant, the officer on duty.