HMS Revenge 1892

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HMS Revenge, Royal Navy Pre-Dreadnought steel armoured battleship of the Royal Sovereign Class, built by Palmers and launched 3rd November 1892 as part of the Naval Defence Act Programme of 1890. In 1912 she suffered damage from a collision and was subsequently refitted with modern fire controls, one year later she was towed to Motherbank and reduced to Material Reserve. At the outbreak of the first world war, Revenge, instead of broken up, was used to bombard the Belgian coast until being renamed Redoubtable and serving as a tender to HMS Victory in 1915. Finally broken up in 1919.

Displacement: 14,150 tons.    Horse power: 13,000.    Length: 380 ft.    Beam: 75ft.    Draught: 27' 6".    Armament: four 67 ton in two armoured barbettes. Partial belt of 18 inch thick armour.    Speed 17.9 knots.

The Eighth ?Revenge?

  • 1892 Built at Jarrow. 14,500 tons. 4 x 13.5" guns and 10 x 6" guns.

  • 1896 Flagship of particular Service Squadron.

  • 1898 Flagship in the Cretan Operations.

  • 1914-5 Took part in bombardment of German positions in support of tile Allied armies.

  • 1915 Renamed ?Redoubtable? to allow new battleship to be named ?Revenge?.  ?Redoubtable? was used as accommodation ship at Portsmouth.

Above text supplied by George Ward. To read more about the former and later HMS Revenge battleships click here

HMS Revenge, 1894.

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HMS Revenge - Flagship of the special Flying Squadron. - 1896

The Revenge is a steel armoured battleship of the Naval Defence Act Programme and was completed for sea in 1894.  She was built by contract at the yard of Messrs. Palmer, at Jarrow, and engined by the same firm.  Her displacement is 14,150 tons; I.H.P. 13,000.  Length 380 ft.  Beam 75ft.  Maximum draught 27 ft 6 ins.  She carries, as her principal armament, four 67-ton guns in two armoured barbettes, and has a partial belt of armour of 18 ins maximum thickness.  Her speed is 17.5 knots.  The Revenge was commissioned at Portsmouth in January 1896 to fly the flag of Rear-Admiral A T Dale, commanding the Special Flying Squadron.

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HMS Revenge

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HMS Revenge 1905.

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HMS Revenge.

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Photograph shows stoker's on HMS Revenge between 1916&1920. My Grandfather is middle row 2nd from right. Any other information that you have of HMS Revenge may help with our Family History contact paul.crockett - at - 

Officers of the Revenge in c.1900 some of the crew transferred from HMS Victorious.


HMS Revenge, one of the flagships of the British Mediterranean Fleet in 1897, the other being HMS Ramillies. The Revenge flew the flag of Rear-Admiral Robert H Harris, second in command.

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The Revenge photographed in 1902 at the Royal review. She was flagship to Vice Admiral Sir Gerard Noel who was in command of the Home Fleet at this time.

Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon, V.C. and Rear-Admiral Dale on the Quarter-Deck of the Revenge

This photograph shows the exchange of compliments between the Commander-in-Chief of the Flying Squadron, Rear Admiral Dale, and the Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth, Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon, V.C., on the occasion of commissioning of the Flying Squadron. After hoisting his flag on board the Revenge, as she lay alongside in Portsmouth Dockyard, Admiral Dale, according to the custom of the Service, formally called on Sir Nowell Salmon, as the senior officer in charge of the port, and here we see the return visit paid by the senior Admiral on board the Revenge. The two Admirals are shown shaking hands and saying goodbye on the quarter-deck at the close of the port Admiral's visit.

The Captain and Officers of Her Majesty's Ship Revenge

The first-class battleship Revenge, Rear-Admiral Dale's flagship in the Flying Squadron, is commanded by Captain the Hon. A Curzon-Howe C.B (shown in the foreground with his hands behind his back), who hoisted his pennant on board on Tuesday 14th January 1896. Second in command on the Revenge is Commander Reginald B Colmore, and next after him for navigating duties is borne by Commander Michael S Beatty (both officers are seen to the right of the Captain, and are distinguished by the three rings of lace on their coat sleeves). Lieutenant Herbert Orpen heads the list of the Revenge's Lieutenants. Captain Cruzon-Howe served as flag-captain in the Boadicea, when that ship was flagship to Vice-Admiral Sir Edmund Fremantle on the East Indies Station, where Admiral Dale's flag-captain won his C.B. in the punitive expedition against the Sultan of Vitu in October 1890.

The After Guns and Barbette of the Revenge

When ships first began to be constructed of iron, the guns were mounted along each side and fired through the ports, much like in the old sailing Men-of-War. Then the revolving turret was designed and applied in warships, until the turret system displaced the broadside system. As an improvement on the turret system came the barbette, introduced over a century ago in the Admiral Class battleships. In the barbette system the closed-in revolving turret, with embrasures for the guns to fire through, is replaced by a low fixed breastwork over which the guns were trained, entirely in the open and exposed from muzzle to breech. Each of the Admiral and Royal Sovereign class ships of the 1890s (except for Benbow) mounted four 67 ton breech-loading guns, two in the forward barbette and two in the after barbette - weapons of 13.5in bore, and firing a projectile of 1,250 lbs weight. Each gun cost over ?13,500 to make and took upwards of a year and a half to turn one out at the Woolwich Arsenal.

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Thanks to Jerry Richards for these photos. 

I have attached a photograph of my Great Grandfather, Frederick Christopher Tucker, born 1864.  I believe the picture (above) shows him with HMS REVENGE written on his hat. The picture was taken
around 1884 when he was aged 20.  I have also included a photograph (left) taken approximately 20 years later - my guess.  There are distinctive flags on his lapels, possibly semaphore ! and some medals.  Would it be possible to enlighten me on his navel career or service record.  

HMS Revenge

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