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HMS Challenger (1902)

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Name  HMS Challenger
Christened  Mrs. Eva Holland
Construction started  1 December 1900
Length  108 m
Displacement  5.352 million kg
Builder  Chatham Dockyard
Laid down  1 December 1900
Completed  1904
Launched  27 May 1902
Weight  5,995 tons
Draft  6.6 m
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Fate  Broken up for scrap in 1920
Class and type  Challenger-class protected cruiser

HMS Challenger was a second-class protected cruiser of the Challenger-class of the Royal Navy.



Challenger was designed by Sir William Henry White, Director of Naval Construction, and was built at the Chatham Dockyard, where she was laid down on 1 December 1900. She was launched there on 27 May 1902, when she was named by Eva Holland, wife of Rear-Admiral S. C. Holland, Admiral-Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard.

Her machinery was made by the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company, and there were 12 boilers of the Babcock & Wilcox type.

Service history

Challenger was commissioned on 30 May 1904, and commenced duty on the Australia Station. She was paid off into reserve on 10 October 1912 before recommissioning during the First World War. She initially served as part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron off West Africa before serving in East African waters. She was sold in 1920 and was broken up for scrap.


HMS Challenger (1902) Wikipedia

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