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HMS Victoria

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1859 The Victoria was launched from Portsmouth Dockyard; she had been built to design of Sir B. W. Walker, K.C.B., under the immediate superintendence of Mr. Abethell, the master builder of Portsmouth Dockyard. She was the first three-decked ship built according to her original designs as a steamship. She had been laid down in February, 1856. The engines were by Maudslay, Sons and Field


A later ship bearing the same name was the First Class Battleship built by Armstrong, Mitchell and Co in 1887/ 1888.

1888 Launched at Elswick on the 9th April, 1888.

Her engines were by Humphreys and Tennant.

She was built of steel with an estimated cost of £817,841.

  • Tonnage displacement, 10,470;
  • Indicated horsepower, 14,244;
  • Length, 340ft.; beam, 70ft.;
  • Mean draught, 26ft. 9in.;
  • Speed, 17·3 knots, developed during speed trials in June, 1888;
  • Complement, 550 men.
  • Guns, two 110-ton , 16.25 in.,B.L.;
  • One 29-ton, 10in., B.L.;
  • Twelve 5·ton, 6in., B.L.;
  • Twelve 6-pounder, Q.F.;
  • Nine 3-pounder, Q.F.-thirty-six.
  • Weight of heaviest projectile, 1800 lb.;
  • Powder charge for projectile, 960 lb.;
  • Length of biggest gun, 43ft. 8in. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1889/02/15