HMS Victoria


HMS Victoria was the first of the Victoria class battleships  laid down by Armstrong Whitworth & Company in June 1885. She was launched in April 1887 and commissioned three years later. Command was given to Vice Admiral Sir George Tryon, and she served as the flagship in the Mediterranean fleet. 22. June 1893  she sailed together with HMS Camperdown outside Tripoli in Lebanon for exercises. They are both practicing maneuvers and are given orders to perform a 180 degree turn towards each other. Officers on Victoria objects to this turn and a certain doubt from Rear Admiral Markham on Camperdown is expressed, but the exercise start nevertheless. A collision is inevitable and HMS Camperdown hit Victoria on her starboard side. She immediately develop a dangerous listing and thirteen minutes after the collision she disappears in the deep together with Admiral Tyron and 358 men. The wreck was discovered in August 2005 by Christian Francis who had been searching for the wreck since 1994. The wreck stands upright on a depth of 75 to 140 meter outside Tripoli.

Former names:
HMS Victoria

340,0 x 70,0 x 27,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
10470 displ ( std ) Elswick ( UK ) 1887 Alexandria ( UK )

Picture: HMS Victoria
From  "The Naval Defence of the Empire", Public domain

Last updated: June 2015