HMS Benbow 1885-1909

The Ship

Scrapped 1909

HMS Benbow, built by Thames Iron Works, launched 15/6/1885.

HMS Benbow was commissioned into the royal navy in June 1888. She was the last of the Admiral Class Barbette battleships mounting two 16.25 inch guns in single fittings. She served in the Mediterranean from 1888 to 1891. then transferring to become a coastguard ship off Greenock (Scotland) from 1894 to 1904 (except for a short period in 1893 when she was re commissioned for manoeuvres). HMS Benbow was finally sold for scrapping in 1909.

Displacement: 10,600 tons. I.H.P: 11,500. Length: 330 ft. Beam: 68ft 6 in. Speed: 16.9 knots. Complement: 515. Max draught: 27ft 3 in. Armament: four 67 ton guns, four 6 in guns, twelve 6 pounder guns and ten 3 pounder quick-firers.

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Postally used 9 May 1909, showing the Battleship dressed for the Coronatiin review in Aug 1902.


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