HMS Russell

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HMS Russell.   Royal Naval battleship of the Duncan Class.  HMS Russell was built at Hull. She was in the Home Fleet from April 1906 but was then transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in February the next year. Russell then served with the Atlantic Fleet in 1909 returning home in August of 1912, shortly afterwards in 1913 she joined the 2nd Fleet at Nore. She became flagship with the Grand Fleet in 1914 with the 6th Battle Squadron and then moved to the 3rd battle squadron to take part in northern patrols. HMS Russell joined the Channel Fleet in November 1914 when at Portland and after bombarding the coast of Belgium was sent to the Dardanelles. She stayed at Mudros as support alongside HMS Hibernia in November 1915 but eventually took part in the evacuation on 7th January 1916. HMS Russell was mined on 27th April 1916 just off the coast of  Malta with the loss of over 100 lives. 

Armament: Four 12 inch guns in turrets, twelve 6 inch guns, twelve 3 inch guns, six 3 pdr guns, two maxims and four torpedo tubes.    Displacement: 14,000 tons.    Speed: 19 knots.   Complement: 750.   Length: 405 ft.   Breadth: 75.5 ft.   Depth: 27.25 ft.

A photograph of the christening of HMS Russell at the yard of Palmer & Co. in 1901. The first ship of the name was launched in 1711 served at Cartagena and off Toulon. A second Russell was present at Rodney's battle in April 1782, at the battle of the Glorious First of June, at Camperdown and at Copenhagen. The third Russell fought with the Baltic Squadron during the Russian War.

HMS Russell, 1903.

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HMS Russell

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HMS Russell

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HMS Russell.

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HMS Russell Coaling.

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HMS Russell with HMS Melampus and HMS Royal Oak.