Mersey Class

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Mersey 2nd Class

Mersey 2nd Class Cruisers.  These Mersey Class ships established the pattern for future British second class cruisers and followed closely from the Leander class, but incorporated for the first time a full length protective deck.  They were the first vessels to abandon any form of sailing rig.  HMS Thames and HMS Forth were converted to depot ships in 1903/4, and HMS Thames was sold in 1920 to become the Training Ship General Botha, reverting to HMS Thames in 1942, employed as an accommodation ship.

Displacement : 4050 tons.  Length : 315 ft.  Beam : 46 ft.  Depth : 19 ft 6 ins.  I.H.P. : 4500.  Speed : 17knts.  Armament 2 - 8in BLR, 10 6 in BLR, 3 - 6 pdr QF, 3 - 3pdr QF, 0 MGs, 2 TT sub, 2 TC.  Complement : 300.

HMS Mersey 31st March 1885 Sold in 1905.
HMS Severn 29th September 1885 Sold in 1905.
HMS Thames 3rd December 1885 Converted to depot ship 1903. Scuttled in 1947.
HMS Forth 23rd October 1886 Converted to depot ship. Sold in 1921.
HMS Mersey

HMS Mersey, 1887.

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HMS Severn

HMS Severn, June 1890.

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HMS Thames

 Royal navy Submarine depot Ship HMS Thames pictured in 1908

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HMS Thames as submarine depot ship.

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HMS Forth

HMS Forth

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