HMS Renown (1895)

Renown, probably c.1900-1905. Royal Navy photo.

Ship Class
Laid Down
1893
Launched
1895
Commissioned
1897
Decommissioned
1913
AD/BC
AD
History

This is the HMS Renown, a one-off second-class battleship laid down in 1893, and commissioned in 1897. Renown was built to act as a flagship, and served in this role in the North American, West Indies, and Mediterranean squadrons until 1902. During this period, she frequently served as the flagship of then-Rear Admiral Jackie Fisher, who had championed her design. In 1902 Renown was refitted as a royal yacht, and had her secondary armament removed. Nicknamed the Battleship Yacht, she carried to India the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in 1902-03, and the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1905-06. She also carried the King and Queen of Spain to and from England on an official visit in 1907. In 1909, she was refitted again, this time to operate as a stoker's training ship. Renown was stricken in 1913, and sold for scrap in April, 1914.