Wednesday, 12 April 2017

British battleship HMS Orion launched according to the Dutch newspaper De Sumatra Post dated 24 August 1910

An item reported the launching by lady Winchester of the world’s strongest battleship the British HMS Orion. With a displacement of 12.500 ton, a speed of 21 knots was she armed with 14,5” guns and furthermore able to launch the new 21” torpedoes with a range of 4 miles.(1)

1. Of the Orion-class. Laid down at the Portsmouth Dockyard on 29 November 1909, launched on 20 August 1910, sea trials begun in September 1911, commissioned on 2 January 1912, seagoing gunnery training ship stationed at Portland since June 1921, paid off on 12 April 1922, decided to dispose her as a result of the Washington Treaty, sold to shipbreakers firm Cox and Danks on 19 December 1922 and broken up at Upnor in February 1923.