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Image of H.M.S. Hawke (Royal Navy)

Length: 360 ft.
Breadth: 60 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 24 ft.
Tonnage: 7,770 (long); 7,890 (gross)
Engines: 2 x triple expansion engines, dual shaft; twin shafts; 12,000 I.H.P.
Speed: 20 knots

Chatham Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England

Launched: March 11, 1891
Maiden Voyage:
Disposition: October 15, 1914 - Torpedoed and sunk.

Port of Registry:
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Gray
Company flag: British
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters:
Details: Two steam engines; twin shafts; Range: 10,000 nmi (12,000 mi; 19,000 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h); complement: 544; armament, 2 × BL 9.2 in (230 mm) Mk VI guns, 10 × QF 6 in (150 mm) guns, 12 × 6 pdr (2.7 kg) guns


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Her collision with the Olympic on September 20, 1911 was brought up numerous times at the Inquiries.


June 17, 1889

Laid down at the Chatham Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England as an Edgar-class protected cruiser.

March 11, 1891


September 20, 1911

Hawke, under command of Commander W.F. Blunt, collided in the Solent with the White Star liner RMS Olympic.

October 15, 1914

Torpedoed and sunk by U-9 The torpedo ignited a magazine and causing a tremendous explosion which tore the ship apart, causing her to sink in just a few minutes. Only 70 of her crew of 594 survived.


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