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Name: VICTORIA
Type: Battleship
Keel: 23/04/1885
Launched: 09/04/1887
Completed: 19/03/1890
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd
Yard: Elswick
Yard Number: 490
Dimensions: 11020disp, 340.0 x 70.0 x 26.9(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (43, 62 & 96 x 51ins), 7500 - 14244ihp
Engines by: Humphrys, Tennant & Co, Deptford
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 16.0 - 17.3knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 2 x 16.25ins, 1 x 10.0ins, 12 x 1 x 6.0ins guns; 6 x 1 x 14.0ins torpedoes
History:
19/03/1890 British Royal Navy
22/06/1893 Sank
Comments: Laid down as RENOWN but name changed to VICTORIA before launch
Cost 845,000 to build
29/01/1892: Ran aground at Snipe Point near Platea, Greece
04/02/1892: Refloated but with extensive forward bottom damage
Docked at Malta to repair the damage
22/06/1893: Sunk off Tripoli after collision with CAMPERDOWN
Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon ordered 2 parallel columns of 6 and 5 ships to turn inwards to firstly reverse direction and then move to anchor.
Due, first to misunderstandings and then reluctance to disobey orders, the two lead ships of the colums collided.
CAMPERDOWN's ram penetrated VCTORIA 12ft below the waterline and 9ft into the side. Too many hatches and ventilation ducts were open and she slowly sank by the head.
13 mins after the collision VICTORIA capsised and sank bows first with the loss of 358 crew, 357 were rescued.
In 2004 her wreck was discovered in a vertical position with some 90ft of her bow impaled in the mud.


VICTORIA launch. Above photo copyright of Northumberland County Council Archives

Passing through the swing bridge. Above photo copyright Tyne & Wear Archives

Above image copyright of W Fred Mitchell

Bow view of VICTORIA in dry dock at Malta

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo courtesy of Photoship