HMS Latona


The Ship

Scrapped 1940

HMS Latona. Apollo class second class Cruiser. She was built at Barrow by Naval Armaments and Construction Company, laid down 1889, launched 22nd May 1891, and completed 1893. HMS Latona was one of 21 cruisers of the class, which had been ordered under the naval defence act of 1889. Considered to be poor sea going ships, in poor sea conditions their fighting capability would be decreased severely with the waist guns not being able to cope with the conditions. HMS Latona, served with the Newfoundland Fisheries squadron from February 1905 until returning to Portsmouth in May 1906. She was laid up, out of commission, in 1906 until, in 1907, HMS Latona, along with her sister ships HMS Apollo, HMS Intrepid, HMS Iphigenia, HMS Andromache, HMS Naiad and HMS Thetis, were converted to minelayers. Completed in June 1908 at Portsmouth Dockyard, during the initial years of the war she operated from Dover and Sheerness but in 1915 became a depot ship in the Mediterranean. She was finally scraped in 1920 at Malta

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