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Type: Light Cruiser ; Armament 11 - 6 inch wire (Mk VII, VIII), 6 - 12 pdr., 4 - 3 pdr., 4 Maxims, 1 landing. ; Torpedo tubes (18 inch) : 2 submerged.
Launched : Jun 1898 ; BM: tons ; Displacement: 5600 tons
Propulsion: 2 screws. Complement: 450
Machinery notes: ;2 sets 4 cylinder triple expansion. Boilers: Belleville. Designed H.P. 10,000 = 19-5 kts. Coal: normal, 500 tons; maximum, 1120 tons. ; Speed ; 19-5 knots ;
DNS 2 Jun 1900 The Highflyer, which was commissioned last December, to relieve the cruiser Eclipse as Flag Ship of the East Indies station, has been in Dockyard hands at Devonport for several weeks, having defects remeied. Yesterday she went into the Channel for a full power trial, and for three hours her machinery worked splendidly. The, however, the starboard high-pressure cylinder gave out, and the trial had to be abandoned. It will be a week before the vessel is ready for sea again, and thus the departure of the torpedo-boat destroyers Conflict, Coquette, Cygnet and Hornet, is a third time delayed, owing to the breakdown of their intended convoy.
c 1906 East Indies Station
10 Jan 1914 Recommissioned at Devonport
Aug 1914 Devonport. Ninth Cruiser Squadron. Training Ship for Naval Cadets
21 Aug 1914 supplied the Cornwall with fresh meat and a few papers - see p. 176 www.naval-review.org/issues/1917.pdf.
27 Aug 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse sunk by Highflyer off Rio de Oro.
29 Aug-4 Sep 1914 rendezvoused with the battleship Canopus off Cape Palmas - see p. 145 www.naval-review.org/issues/1923-1.pdf.
6 Dec 1917 in harbour at Halifax at the time of the great explosion - see p. 445 www.naval-review.org/issues/1920-3.pdf.