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HMS Melampus (1890)

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Name  HMS Melampus
Laid down  1889
Beam  43 ft 8 in (13.31 m)
Construction started  1889
Draft  5.33 m
Namesake  Melampus
Fate  Sold on 1 Jan 1910
Draught  17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Launched  2 August 1890
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Builders  Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness

HMS Melampus was an Apollo-class protected cruiser of the Royal Navy which served from 1890 to 1910.



In 1890, building by the Naval Construction and Armaments Co, later known as Vickers, commenced. She was originally built for the Greek navy.

In 1891, when George V was promoted to commander, he assumed command of HMS Melampus. He relinquished his post in January 1892, when his brother Albert Victor died.

On 5 Jul 1892, in Portsmouth, HMS Melampus went out to carry out trials of her machinery and other equipment, following which she swung her compasses at Spithead. She sails the 7th for Plymouth and Falmouth.

On 26 Jun 1897, she was present at the Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

On 16 Jan 1901, she accidentally grounded HMS Sybille (1890).

In 1903 she was withdrawn as guard ship at Kingstown in Ireland.

On 1 Jan 1910, HMS Melampus was sold to breakers.


  • George V, 29 June 1892
  • Captain Henry H. Dyke, 25 May 1901
  • References

    HMS Melampus (1890) Wikipedia

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