HMS Racoon (1887)

HMS Racoon, sometimes spelled HMS Raccoon, was an Archer-class torpedo cruiser of the Royal Navy. Racoon was laid down on 1 February 1886 and came into service on 1 March 1888.[2][3] She served on the East Indies Station where, on 27 August 1896, she was involved in the bombardment of Sultan Khalid's palace during the 40 minute Anglo–Zanzibar War.[4]

History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Racoon
Ordered: 1885[1]
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Cost:
  • Hull: £60,600
  • Machinery: £31,000[1]
Laid down: 1 February 1886
Launched: 6 May 1887
Commissioned: 1 March 1888
Decommissioned: 1 January 1905
Fate: Sold to G Cohen on 4 April 1905[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Archer-class torpedo cruiser
Displacement: 1770 tons
Length: 140 ft (43 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
Installed power:
  • 2,500 ihp (1,900 kW)
  • 4,500 ihp (3,400 kW) forced draught
Propulsion:
  • Twin 2-cylinder compound steam engines
  • Four boilers
  • Twin screws
Speed: 17.5 kn (32.4 km/h)[1]
Range: 7,000 nmi (13,000 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)
Complement: 176 men
Armament:
Armour:

In early May 1901 Racoon returned to the United Kingdom,[5] and was paid off at Sheerness on 6 July 1901.[6]

She was decommissioned on 1 January 1905 and sold for scrap.[2][7]

References

  1. Winfield, R.; Lyon, D. (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6.
  2. HMS Racoon at Naval History
  3. Patience 1994, p. 11.
  4. Patience (1994)
  5. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36437). London. 24 April March 1901. p. 11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36501). London. 8 July 1901. p. 6.
  7. Archer Class at Battleships-Cruisers

Bibliography

Patience, Kevin (1994), Zanzibar and the Shortest War in History, Bahrain: Kevin Patience, p. 23

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