HMS Vulcan

Torpedo Boat Depot Ship

The Ship

Scrapped 1955

HMS Vulcan, Torpedo Boat Depot Ship. HMS Vulcan was built at Portsmouth Dockyard and launched 13th June 1889. Her main purpose was to launch smaller torpedo boats against enemy shipping. She looked very similar to a cruiser except for two large cranes used for deploying torpedo boats, similar protective deck armour to a cruiser. In 1915 she was used as a submarine depot ship and in 1931 became a training hulk and was renamed HMS Defiance III, finally being scrapped in 1955.

Displacement: 6,600 tons Speed: 20 knots. Armament: eight 4.7 ins guns replaced in 1915 by four 3 pdr guns. She carried six 2nd class torpedo boats. Complement: 432.

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