HMS Calcutta (launched as Hercules, 1868)
HMS Calcutta (launched as Hercules, 1868)


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NameCalcutta (launched as Hercules, 1868)Explanation
TypeCentral battery ironclad   
Launched10 February 1868
HullIron
PropulsionScrew
Builders measure 
Displacement8700 tons
Guns14
Fate1932
Class 
Ships book
Note1881 to Coastguard.
1905 accommodation ship.
1909 = Calcutta.
1915 = Fisgard II
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
2 November 1868
- December 1871
Commanded (from commissioning) by Captain Viscount Gilford, Channel squadron
9 October 1871
- 10 January 1872
Commanded by Captain Sherard Osborn, Channel squadron
11 January 1872
- 5 June 1874
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain William Montagu Dowell, Channel squadron
March 1875
- 23 February 1876
Commanded by Captain William Codrington, flagship of Vice-Admiral James Robert Drummond, Mediterranean
24 February 1876
- 30 April 1877
Commanded by Captain Nathaniel Bowden-Smith, flagship of Vice-Admiral James Robert Drummond on the Mediterranean station
8 May 1878
- August 1878
Commanded by Captain Henry Duncan Grant, Coast Guard, Greenock
7 June 1878
- 22 August 1878
Commanded by Captain John Arbuthnot Fisher, flagship of Astley Cooper Key, Baltic fleet (during Russian war scare)
14 August 1878Commanded by Captain Edward Henry Howard, Coast Guard, Greenock (and 1879 temporarily with the Channel squadron)
15 September 1885Commanded by Captain Harry Woodfall Brent
1909Renamed Calcutta
1915Renamed Fisgard II


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