Launched : 5th July 1890
HMS Blenheim was a Blake class cruiser built by Thames Ironworks, and launched on 5th July 1890. After service HMS Blenheim was used as a destroyer depot ship from May 1908 serving with the flotillas in the Mediterranean. During the war HMS Blenheim was sent to Mudros in March 1915 to take part in the Dardanelles campaign. and finally sold to the breakers in 1926. Displacement: 9150 tons, speed: 22 knots, Crew 570. Length 375 feet, beam 65 feet. Armament Two 9.2 inch Guns and Ten 6 - inch Guns and eighteen 3 pounder. Designed Speed 22 knots, Horsepower 20,000.
In 1888 the most important part of the naval programme of the period were laid down. The Blake Class Armoured Cruisers HMS Blake and HMS Blenheim, A Class with the armament of The Orlando Class with greatly improved speed secured by development in the deck armour, could be said to be similar to an enlarged Mersey Class Cruiser. But these ships were unique due to their increased length and great increase in displacement. The main guns were in armoured casemates, a leading characteristic of nearly all Sir William White's ships made its first appearance. HMS Blenheim for four main guns, the upper deck guns being behind the usual shields. (text from British battle fleets, FT Jane)
Scrapped 13th July 1926.
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