HMS Juno (1895)

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

Juno circa. 1901
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Juno
Namesake: Juno
Builder: Naval Construction & Armaments Co., Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 22 June 1894
Launched: 16 November 1895
Completed: 16 June 1897
Fate: Sold for scrap, 24 September 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: Eclipse-class protected cruiser
Displacement: 5,600 long tons (5,690 t)
Length: 350 ft (106.7 m)
Beam: 53 ft 6 in (16.3 m)
Draught: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 Inverted triple-expansion steam engines
Speed: 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)
Complement: 450

Juno was assigned to the 11th Cruiser Squadron operating from Ireland.

In 1901, she was one of two escort ships for HMS Ophir, which carried the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) during their tour of the British Empire.

The following year she served in the cruiser squadron under the command of Captain Henry Peter Routh. In May 1902 she was taken into Portsmouth for a refit,[1] and the following month Captain David Beatty was appointed in command.[2] She took part in the fleet review held at Spithead on 16 August 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII,[3] and visited the Aegean Sea for combined manoeuvres with other ships of the Channel squadron and Mediterranean Fleet the following month.[4] After returning to Portsmouth in October,[5] she carried the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland and Lady Dudley on a visit to Waterford on 29 October.[6] She was posted to the Mediterranean Fleet later that year.

In 1915 she was sent to the Persian Gulf and took part in an engagement at Bushire in July – August 1915 against Tangistani raids under Rais Ali Delvari. Juno was returning to Queenstown, Ireland. Having received warning of submarine activity off Queenstown, the cruiser took evasive action and eventually returned to port. This warning was not extended to RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a U Boat on Friday, 7 May 1915. Juno was sold for scrap in 1920.


  1. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36756). London. 1 May 1902. p. 6.
  2. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36774). London. 22 May 1902. p. 8.
  3. "The Coronation - Naval Review". The Times (36845). London. 13 August 1902. p. 4.
  4. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36880). London. 23 September 1902. p. 8.
  5. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36902). London. 18 October 1902. p. 9.
  6. "Ireland". The Times (36912). London. 30 October 1902. p. 10.


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