Pre Dreadnought Ships

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Naval history of the Pre Dreadnought battleships of the Royal Navy shown in antique chromolithographs and photographs of the time. Battleships include HMS Hero, HMS Colossus, HMS Royal Sovereign and sister ship HMS Resolution, HMS Rodney, HMS Victoria and HMS Centurion.

LIST OF ROYAL NAVAL PRE DREADNAUGHT BATTLESHIPS BUILT BETWEEN 1857 AND 1906.

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NAME OF BATTLESHIP LAUNCHED  FATE

Coastal Defence Turret Ships

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN 17TH DECEMBER 1857 SOLD FOR B/U 1885
HMS PRINCE ALBERT 23RD MAY 1864 SOLD FOR B/U 1899

WARRIOR CLASS IRONCLADS            View Class

HMS WARRIOR 29TH DECEMBER 1860 CONVERTED TO DEPOT SHIP IN 1902 AND SUBSEQUENTLY RENAMED AS VERNON III. HULKED AND USED AS AN OIL PIPELINE PIER AT PEMBROKE. RENAMED C77 IN 1945.
HMS BLACK PRINCE 27TH FEBRUARY 1861 BECAME TRAINING SHIP IN 1899, RENAMED EMERALD IN 1903 THEN IMPREGNABLE IN 1910.

DEFENCE CLASS IRONCLADS            View Class

HMS DEFENCE 24TH APRIL 1861 BECAME TRAINING SHIP INDUS IN 1898. SCRAPPED IN 1935.
HMS RESISTANCE 11TH APRIL 1861 USED FOR TARGET PRACTICE IN 1880s. SOLD IN 1898 BUT SANK IN HOLYHEAD BAY. SHE WAS RAISED AND SCRAPPED.

HECTOR CLASS IRONCLADS           View Class

HMS HECTOR 26TH SEPTEMBER 1862 THE FIRST SHIP TO BE FITTED WITH WIRELESS. PART OF THE TORPEDO SCHOOL IN 1900. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1905.
HMS VALIANT 14TH OCTOBER 1863 USED FOR HARBOUR SERVICE IN 1898 AND RENAMED INDUS. RENAMED VALIANT IN 1916, THEN VALIANT III IN 1919. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1957.
 
HMS ACHILLES    (Egmont or Egremont) 23RD DECEMBER 1863 BECAME BASE SHIP HIBERNIA IN 1902, EGMONT IN 1904, THEN EGREMONT IN 1918 AND FINALLY PEMBROKE IN 1919. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1925.
MINOTAUR CLASS IRONCLADS                      View Class
HMS MINOTAUR 12TH DECEMBER 1863 CONVERTED TO A TRAINING SHIP AND RENAMED BOSCAWEN IN 1904 THEN GANGES IN 1906 AND RENAMED AGAIN IN 1908 AS GANGES II. BROKEN UP IN 1922.
HMS AGINCOURT 27TH MARCH 1865 CONVERTED TO A TRAINING SHIP AND RENAMED BOSCAWEN III IN 1904, THEN GANGES II IN 1906. BROKEN UP IN 1927.
HMS NORTHUMBERLAND 17TH APRIL 1866 CONVERTED TO A TRAINING SHIP IN 1904 AND RENAMED ACHERON. SOLD  1927

PRINCE CONSORT CLASS IRONCLADS                  View Class

HMS PRINCE CONSORT 26TH JUNE 1862 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1882.
HMS CALEDONIA 24TH OCTOBER 1862 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1886.
HMS OCEAN 19TH MARCH 1862 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1882.
 
HMS ROYAL OAK 10TH SEPTEMBER1862 SOLD IN 1885.
 
HMS ROYAL ALFRED 15TH OCTOBER 1864 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1885.
 
HMS RESEARCH 15TH AUGUST 1863 WENT INTO RESERVE 1878. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1884.
 
HMS ENTERPRISE 9TH FEBRUARY 1864 WENT INTO RESERVE IN 1871. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1886.
 
HMS FAVORITE 5TH JULY 1864 WENT INTO RESERVE IN 1876. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1886.
 
HMS ZEALOUS 7TH MARCH 1864 BECAME GUARDSHIP AT SOUTHAMPTON 1873. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1886.
 
HMS REPULSE 25TH APRIL 1868 WENT INTO RESERVE IN 1885 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1889.

LORD CLYDE CLASS                             View Class

HMS LORD CLYDE 13TH OCTOBER 1864 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1875.
HMS LORD WARDEN 27TH MARCH 1865 SCRAPPED IN 1889.
 
HMS PALLAS 14TH MARCH 1865 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1886.
 
HMS BELLEROPHON 26TH MAY 1865 BECAME PORTGUARD SHIP IN 1892. CONVERTED TO TRAINING SHIP IN 1904 AND RENAMED INDUS III. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1922.
 
HMS PENELOPE 18TH JUNE 1868 PRESENT AT BOMBARDMENT OF ALEXANDRIA. BECAME PRISON HULK IN 1897. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1912.

AUDACIOUS CLASS IRONCLADS                        View Class

HMS AUDACIOUS 27TH FEBRUARY 1869 HARBOUR SERVICE IN 1902, RENAMED FISGARD IN 1904, THEN IMPERIEUSE IN 1914. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1922.
HMS INVINCIBLE 29TH MAY 1869 BOMBARDED ALEXANDRIA.  RENAMED EREBUS IN 1904, THEN FISGARD II IN 1906. SANK WHILE ON TOW OFF PORTLAND ON 17TH SEPTEMBER 1914.
HMS IRON DUKE 1ST MARCH 1870 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1906.
HMS VANGUARD 3RD JANUARY 1870 SANK AFTER COLLIDING WITH IRON DUKE ON 1ST SEPTEMBER 1875.
 
HMS SULTAN 31ST MAY 1870 BOMBARDED ALEXANDRIA. SANK ON 6TH MARCH 1889 BUT WAS REPAIRED. RENAMED FISGARD IV IN 1906. 1931 REVERTED TO SULTAN. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1946.
SWIFTSURE CLASS IRONCLADS  VIEW CLASS
HMS SWIFTSURE 15TH JUNE 1870 RENAMED ORONTES IN 1904. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1908.
HMS TRIUMPH 27TH SEPTEMBER 1870 RENAMED TENEDOS IN 1904, INDUS IV IN 1912, THEN ALGIERS IN 1914. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1921.
 
HMS HERCULES 10TH FEBRUARY 1868 ACCOMMODATION SHIP IN 1905, RENAMED CALCUTTA IN 1909, THEN FISGARD II IN 1915. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1932.
 
HMS ALEXANDRA LAUNCHED 1875 SOLD AT CHATHAM 1903
 
HMS TEMERAIRE 9TH MAY 1876 RENAMED INDUS II IN 1904, THEN TO AKBAR IN 1915. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1921.
BELLEISLE CLASS                             View Class
HMS BELLEISLE 12TH FEBRUARY 1876 USED AS A TARGET 1900-1903. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1904.
HMS ORION 23RD JANUARY 1879 USED FOR HARBOUR SERVICE. RENAMED ORONTES IN 1909. HS 1910, SOLD JULY 1913
 
HMS SUPERB 16TH NOVEMBER 1875 SOLD FOR B/U 1906

SCORPION CLASS   masted turret ships

HMS SCORPION JULY 1863 SOLD FOR B/U 1903.  FOUNDERED ON PASSAGE TO BOSTON 17TH JUNE 1903
HMS WIVERN 29TH AUGUST 1863 SOLD FOR B/U 1922
 
HMS MONARCH 25TH MAY 1868 TOOK PART IN THE BOMBARDMENT OF ALEXANDRIA BEFORE BECOMING A GUARDSHIP IN 1897. SHE WAS RENAMED SIMOOM IN 1904 WHEN SHE BECAME A DEPOT SHIP. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1905.
 
HMS CAPTAIN 27TH MARCH 1869 CAPSIZED OFF CAPE FINISTERRE ON 7TH SEPTEMBER 1870 ONLY FIVE MONTHS AFTER COMMISSIONING. ONLY 17 SURVIVORS.

CERBERUS CLASS   coast defence monitors

HMS CERBERUS 2ND DECEMBER 1868 SUNK AS BREAKWATER 1926
HMS MAGDALA 2ND MARCH 1870 SOLD FOR B/U 1904
 
HMS ABYSSINIA 19TH FEBRUARY 1870 SOLD FOR B/U 1903
 
HMS GLATTON 8TH MARCH 1871 SOLD FOR B/U 1903
 
HMS HOTSPUR 19TH MARCH 1870 SOLD FOR SCRAPPING IN 1904.
DEVASTATION CLASS                     View Class
HMS  DEVASTATION 12TH JULY 1871 SOLD  MAY  1908
HMS THUNDERER 25TH MARCH 1872 SOLD FOR B/U JULY 1909
 
HMS RUPERT 12TH MARCH 1872 SOLD JULY 1907
DREADNOUGHT CLASS
HMS DREADNOUGHT 8TH MARCH 1875 SOLD FOR B/U 14TH JULY 1908
INFLEXIBLE CLASS
HMS INFLEXIBLE LAUNCHED 1876 COMPLETED 1881 SOLD AT CHATHAM 1903

AGAMEMNON CLASS TURRET SHIPS           View Class

HMS AGAMEMNON 17TH SEPTEMBER 1879 BROKEN UP FOR SCRAP IN 1903.

HMS AJAX

10TH MARCH 1880 SOLD FOR SCRAPPING IN 1904.
ALEXANDRA CLASS
HMS ALEXANDRA LAUNCHED 1877 SOLD AT CHATHAM 1903
COLOSSUS CLASS
HMS COLOSSUS 21ST MARCH 1882 SOLD FOR B/U 6TH OCTOBER 1908
HMS EDINBURGH 18TH MARCH 1882 SOLD FOR B/U 11TH OCTOBER 1910
CONQUEROR CLASS                View Class
HMS CONQUEROR 8TH SEPTEMBER 1881 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH APRIL 1907
HMS HERO 27TH OCTOBER 1885 SUNK AS TARGET 18TH FEBRUARY 1908
ADMIRAL CLASS                                View Class
HMS COLLINGWOOD 22ND NOVEMBER 1882 SOLD FOR B/U 11TH MAY 1909
HMS ANSON 17TH FEBRUARY 1886 SOLD FOR B/U 13TH JULY 1909
HMS CAMPERDOWN 24TH NOVEMBER 1885 SOLD FOR B/U 11TH JULY 1911
HMS HOWE 28TH APRIL 1885 SOLD FOR B/U 10TH NOVEMBER 1910
HMS RODNEY 8TH OCTOBER 1884 SOLD FOR B/U 16TH JUNE 1909
HMS BENBOW 15TH JUNE 1885 SOLD FOR B/U 13TH JULY 1909
VICTORIA CLASS
HMS VICTORIA 9th JUNE 1887 SUNK IN COLLISION WITH HMS CAMPERDOWN 22ND JUNE 1893.
HMS SANS PAREIL 9TH MAY 1887 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH APRIL 1907
TRAFALGAR CLASS
HMS TRAFALGAR 20TH SEPTEMBER 1887 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MARCH 1911
HMS NILE 27TH MARCH 1885 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH JULY 1912
ROYAL SOVEREIGN CLASS
HMS EMPRESS OF INDIA 7TH MAY 1891 SUNK AS TARGET 4TH NOVEMBER 1913
HMS RAMILLIES 1ST MARCH 1892 SOLD FOR B/U 7TH OCTOBER 1913
HMS REPULSE 27TH FEBRUARY 1892 SOLD FOR B/U 27TH JULY 1911
HMS RESOLUTION 28TH MAY 1892 SOLD FOR B/U 2ND APRIL 1914
HMS REVENGE 3RD NOVEMBER 1892 RENAMED REDOUBTABLE IN 1913, THEN SOLD FOR B/U  6TH NOVEMBER 1919
HMS ROYAL OAK 5TH NOVEMBER 1892 SOLD FOR B/U 14TH JANUARY 1914
HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN 26TH FEBRUARY 1891 SOLD FOR B/U 7TH OCTOBER 1913
HOOD CLASS
HMS HOOD 30 JULY 1891 SUNK AS BLOCKSHIP 4TH NOVEMBER 1914
CENTURION CLASS
HMS CENTURION 3RD AUGUST 1892 SOLD FOR B/U 12TH JULY 1910
HMS BARFLEUR 10TH AUGUST 1892 SOLD FOR B/U 12TH JULY 1910
RENOWN CLASS
HMS RENOWN 8TH MAY 1895 SOLD FOR B/U 2ND APRIL 1914
MAJESTIC CLASS                    View Class
HMS CAESAR 2ND SEPTEMBER 1896 SOLD FOR B/U 8TH NOVEMBER 1921
HMS HANNIBAL 28TH APRIL 1896 SOLD FOR B/U 28TH JANUARY 1920
HMS ILLUSTRIOUS 17 SEPTEMBER 1896 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH JUNE 1920
HMS JUPITER 18TH NOVEMBER 1895 SOLD FOR B/U 15TH JANUARY 1920
HMS MAJESTIC 31ST JANUARY 1895 TORPEDOED 27TH MAY 1915
HMS MAGNIFICENT 19TH DECEMBER 1894 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MAY 1921
HMS MARS 30TH MARCH 1896 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MAY 1921
HMS PRINCE GEORGE 22ND AUGUST 1895 SOLD FOR B/U 21ST SEPTEMBER 1921
HMS VICTORIOUS 19TH OCTOBER 1895 SOLD FOR B/U 19TH DECEMBER 1922
CANOPUS CLASS                             View Class
HMS ALBION 21ST JUNE 1898 SOLD FOR B/U 11TH DECEMBER 1919
HMS CANOPUS 12TH OCTOBER 1897 SOLD FOR B/U 28TH JANUARY 1920
HMS GLORY 11TH MARCH 1899 SOLD FOR B/U 19TH DECEMBER 1922
HMS GOLIATH 25TH MARCH 1898 TORPEDOED 13TH MAY 1915
HMS OCEAN 5TH JULY 1898 MINED 18TH MARCH 1915
HMS VENGEANCE 25TH JULY 1899 SOLD FOR B/U 1ST DECEMBER 1921
FORMIDABLE CLASS                               View Class
HMS FORMIDABLE 17TH NOVEMBER 1898 TORPEDOED 1ST JANUARY 1915
HMS IRRESISTIBLE 15TH DECEMBER 1898 MINED 18TH MARCH 1915
HMS IMPLACABLE 3RD MARCH  1899 SOLD FOR B/U 8TH NOVEMBER 1921
LONDON CLASS                                   View Class
HMS BULWARK 18TH OCTOBER 1899 BLOWN UP 26TH NOVEMBER 1914
HMS LONDON 21ST SEPTEMBER 1899 SOLD FOR B/U 4TH JUNE 1920
HMS VENERABLE 8TH MARCH 1902 SOLD FOR B/U 4TH JUNE 1920
HMS QUEEN 8TH MARCH 1902 SOLD FOR B/U 4TH SEPTEMBER 1920
HMS PRINCE OF WALES 25TH MARCH 1902 SOLD FOR B/U 12TH APRIL 1920
DUNCAN CLASS                              View Class
HMS ALBEMARLE 5TH MARCH 1901 SOLD FOR B/U 19TH NOVEMBER 1919
HMS CORNWALLIS 13TH JULY 1901 TORPEDOED 9TH JANUARY 1917
HMS DUNCAN 21ST MARCH 1901 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH FEBRUARY 1920
HMS EXMOUTH 31ST AUGUST 1901 SOLD FOR B/U 15TH FEBRUARY 1920
HMS MONTAGU 5TH MARCH 1901 WRECKED 30TH MAY 1906
HMS RUSSELL 19TH FEBRUARY 1901 MINED 27TH MARCH 1916
KING EDWARD VII CLASS                                 View Class
HMS AFRICA 20TH MAY 1905 SOLD FOR B/U 30TH JUNE 1920
HMS BRITANNIA 10TH DECEMBER 1904 TORPEDOED 9TH NOVEMBER 1918
HMS COMMONWEALTH 13TH MAY 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH NOVEMBER 1921
HMS DOMINION 25TH AUGUST 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MAY 1921
HMS HIBERNIA 17TH JUNE 1905 SOLD FOR B/U 8TH NOVEMBER 1921
HMS HINDUSTAN 19TH DECEMBER 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 9TH MAY 1921
HMS KING EDWARD VII 23RD JULY 1903 MINED 6TH JANUARY 1916
HMS NEW ZEALAND 4TH FEBRUARY 1904 RENAMED ZEALANDIA 1911, SOLD FOR B/U 8TH NOVEMBER 1921
SWIFTSURE CLASS                          View Class
HMS SWIFTSURE 12TH JANUARY 1903 SOLD FOR B/U 18TH JUNE 1920
HMS TRIUMPH 15TH JANUARY 1903 TORPEDOED 18TH MAY 1915
LORD NELSON CLASS                                   View Class
HMS LORD NELSON 4TH SEPTEMBER 1906 SOLD FOR B/U 4TH JUNE 1920
HMS AGAMEMNON 23RD JUNE 1906 SOLD FOR B/U 24 JANUARY 1927
 
HMS ENTERPRISE 9TH FEBRUARY 1864 WENT INTO RESERVE IN 1871. SOLD FOR SCRAP IN 1886.
HMS SUPERB 16TH NOVEMBER 1875 SOLD FOR B/U 1906