Cruiser


HMS Mercury, 1878


TypeSecond Class Cruiser (Despatch Vessel)
Built18 September 1879
Sister ShipHMS Iris
Speed18.5 Knots
Weight3730
StationsPortsmouth Reserve 1879 to 1890
China1890 - 1895
Portsmouth Reserve 1895 to 1903
Navigation School Ship 1903 to 1905
Submarine Depot Ship from 1906 to 1913
Crew275
FateHulked at Chatham in 1914 for service at Rosyth and renamed Columbine, she was eventually sold for scrap in 1919.
NotesWhen she was completed she was the fastest ship in the Royal Navy.


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by Stephen Luscombe