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HMS Diana (1895)

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Name  HMS Diana
Laid down  13 August 1894
Construction started  13 August 1894
Length  107 m
Namesake  Diana
Completed  15 June 1897
Launched  5 December 1895
Draft  6.25 m
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Fate  Sold for scrap, 1 July 1920
Class and type  Eclipse-class protected cruiser
Builder  Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company

HMS Diana was an Eclipse-class protected cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1890s.

She was commissioned at Chatham on 16 February 1900 by Captain Henry Baynes, to take out reliefs for the HMS Ringarooma, HMS Boomerang and HMS Torch serving on the Australia Station. She arrived in Australia in April, when Baynes took command of the HMS Mildura, stationed there, and Captain Henry Leah of the latter ship took command of the Diana for the return journey.

The following year, she was commissioned with the complement of 450 officers and men at Chatham on 15 January 1901 to serve at the Mediterranean Station under the command of Captain Arthur Murray Farquhar. In March 1901 she was one of two cruisers to escort HMS Ophir, commissioned as royal yacht for the world tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George and Queen Mary), from Gibraltar to Malta, and then to Port Said. Captain Edmond Slade was appointed in command in April 1902, but Farquhar did not leave the ship until early June. In May 1902 she visited Palermo to attend festivities in connection with the opening of an Agricultural Exhibition by King Victor Emmanuel.


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