Humber Class

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Humber Class Monitors HMS Severn, HMS Humber and HMS Mersey. These three small river monitors ordered by Brazil and built by Vickers under the name Solimoes, Javary and Madeira started sea trials in 1913 but due to the Brazilian Navy being unable to afford them, and to stop others buying them and falling into German hands, the Royal Navy purchased them for ?155,000 and formerly commissioned into the Royal Navy on 3rd August 1914.

HMS Severn 19th August 1913 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Humber 17th June 1913 Sold in September 1920.
HMS Mersey 30th September 1913 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.

HMS Severn

HMS Severn.

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HMS Humber

HMS Humber, 1915.

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HMS Humber as Floating Crane, July 1935.

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HMS Javery (later HMS Humber), possibly on sea trials.

HMS Mersey

HMS Mersey, 1915.

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HMS Mersey, 1915.

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This photograph is taken at the fitting out berth Devonshire Dock at Barrow-in-Furness.  The ships are; nearest Madeira (HMS Mersey) centre Javery (HMS Humber) and farthest Solimoes (HMS Severn). 

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HMS Mersey. Commissioned in the Royal Navy in August 1914 and served in operations off the Belgian coast until November 1914. After this she was refitted at Chatham and during March 1915 she was towed to Malta where she was diverted with her sister ship HMS Severn to East Africa to engage the German ship Konigsberg. Refitted at Durham in March 1916, she was towed by the ocean liner Trent back to the Mediterranean during March-May 1918. Returning to the UK in May 1918 where she was paid off. She moved to Queenstown in 1919 and was eventually sold in 1921.