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Type: Cruiser ; Armament 2 x 9.2 in. VIII, 40 cal. ; 12 x 6 in. VII, 45 cal. ; 13 x 12 pdr., etc.
Launched : May 1900 ; Disposal date or year : 22 Sep 1914
Disposal Details : Torpedoed by German Submarine U 9, in North Sea, lat. 52.18 N., long. 3.41 E. along with her sister ships Hogue and Cressy, with a loss of life of over 1,400 officers and men in total.
Displacement: 12000 tons
Propulsion: 2 screws Complement: 700
Machinery notes: 21,000 ND ; Speed ; 21 knots ;
1914 The Humber - tender to Hannibal.
At the outbreak of war a part of the 7th Cruiser Squadron based on the Nore.
Thé squadron was attached to "Southern Force", whose duty it was to protect the Belgian coast and to keep command of English East Coast waters. The patrol of the area was entrusted to the 1st and 3rd Destroyer Flotillas, which watched the Dogger Bank and thé Broad Fourteens, thé armoured ships, which were in support.
Following bad weather from 19-21 Sep, when the destroyers were unable to remain at sea and had returned to harbour, the three cruisers were attacked and sunk. Read "Three Before Breakfast," by Alan Coles for details.