HMS King Alfred (1901)

King Alfred sometime during World War I. Photo in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1899
Launched
1901
Commissioned
1903
Decommissioned
1919
AD/BC
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History

HMS King Alfred was a Drake-class armored cruiser laid down in 1899, and commissioned in 1903. Made flagship of the China station in 1906, she returned home in 1910. King Alfred spent the next four years in semi-reserve, but still managed to collide with and sink two civilian ships. She recommissioned in 1914, and spent the first few months of World War I patrolling the North Sea, and then was reassigned to hunt German raiders in the central Atlantic. After a brief refit in July-August, 1917, King Alfred was reassigned to convoy escort until the end of the War. On 11 April, 1918, she was torpedoed by UB-86, but survived the attack. King Alfred was sold for scrap in 1920.