Cruiser


HMS Amphitrite, 1898


TypeDiadem-class of protected cruisers
Launched5th Janurary 1898
Sister ShipsDiadem, Andromeda, Argonaut, Ariadne, Europa, Niobe, Spartiate
Speed20 - 20.5 Knots
Weight11,000
Crew760
Armament16 x single QF 6-inch (152.4Êmm) guns
14 x single QF 12-pounder guns
3 x single QF 3-pounder guns
2 x 18-inch torpedo tubes
FateSold to Ward of Milford Haven for breaking up on 12 April 1920.
NotesShe served in the First World War. In 1914 she was part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron, serving in the Atlantic. In June 1915 she was placed in reserve, but reactivated as a minelayer in 1917. She collided with the destroyer HMS Nessus in the North Sea on 8 September 1918, which sunk the Nessus. She was later assigned to the Nore Command, and survived the War. Amphitrite had the nickname 'am and tripe'[1] amongst her crew based on a humorous malapropism, and a reference to common foodstuffs such as those that might be served on board


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by Stephen Luscombe