HMS Triumph


Libertad was a Swiftsure class dreadnought battleship ordered by the Chilean Navy in 1901, but was purchased under construction by Royal Navy and renamed to HMS Triumph. She was launched in February 1902, and was commissioned one year later. She served in several fleets both in English waters and the Mediterranean, before she was assigned to the China Station. After the outbreak of The Great War in August 1914, she took part in the hunt for the German Asian cruiser fleet and in the assault on the German colony of Tsingtao in China. She set sail for Mediterranean 12. January 1915 to participate in the Entente operations at the Dardanelles in Turkey. A few months later while she bombarded Ottoman forts 25. May 1915, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-21 outside Gaba Tepe. 78 men lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck rest today on a depth of 56 to 72 meter outside Cape Helles.

Former names:
HMS Triumph
475,3 x 71,1 x 27,4 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
12175 displ Newcastle ( UK ) 1903  ( UK )

Picture: HMS Triumph in 1903
Courtesy of
Imperial War Museum 2107-01, Public domain

Last updated: March 2011