HMS Rupert (1872)
HMS Rupert (1872)

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NameRupert (1872)Explanation
TypeIronclad turret ram   
Launched12 March 1872
Builders measure 
Displacement5440 tons
Ships bookADM 135/411
Snippets concerning this vessels career
24 May 1876
- 11 May 1877
Commanded by Captain Walter James Hunt-Grubbe, Mediterranean
24 May 1877
- 7 June 1878
Commanded by Captain William Elrington Gordon, Mediterranean
5 July 1893
- 23 March 1895
Commanded by Captain Charles Cooper Penrose Fitzgerald, Superintendent of Pembroke dockyard
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 3 March 1873The ships to be in hand at Chatham Dockyard during the year 1873-4 will be — the Rupert, 3, armour-plated ram, to complete; the Superb, 12, armour-plated broadside, to advance, 37-100ths; the Téméraire, armour-plated broadside, to advance 21-100ths; the Raleigh, 22, iron frigate sheathed with wood, to complete; the New Bacchante, 22, iron corvette, covered battery, wood sheathed, to commence; the Ariel and the Zephyr, composite gun-boats, each of 4 guns, to complete; the Albatross, 4, composite sloop, to complete; and the Flying Fish, 4, composite sloop, to advance 34-100ths. The number of men to be employed on these ships is 1,865; while for repairs, manufactures, and yards and harbour services, &c., 1,109 men will be employed.
Sa 12 April 1873The new financial year opens with much work going on at Chatham Dockyard, there being no fewer than eight vessels now in hand, and more will be commenced during the year. The ships, of three classes, would form a good fleet by themselves; there are two powerful armour-plated vessels, a large iron unarmoured sloop, and several iron composite gun-vessels. Some have been just commenced, others are almost ready for service. The gun-vessel Ready is to be commissioned early next week, and the Ariel and the Zephyr, similar ships, will be shortly completed for sea; the Ariel has just tried her machinery, with satisfactory results. Messrs. Humphrey, Tennant, and Co., have supplied the engines for both these vessels. Two more gun-vessels, rather larger, have been commenced; one, the Albatross, is to be launched and completed for service this year; but the other, the Flying Fish, will only be advanced about a third. The great turret-ship Rupert is being completed in the river off the dockyard; there is mush to be done to her, but as there are many hands employed on her, it is expected that in a few months she will be ready for her trial trip. The new armoured broadside ship Superb has been recently commenced. The Raleigh, wood-sheathed iron ship, is completing in the repairing basin of the Dockyard Extension. In addition to all the work involved in building or completing these ships, a number of men are now engaged in repairing the damaged turret, and making alterations on board the armour-plated ship Glatton, and in bringing forward the Beacon, a composite gun-vessel, for commission.
Th 22 January 1874Three of the Admiralty officials — Mr. N. Barnaby, chief naval architect; Mr. F.K. Barnes, surveyor of dockyards; and Mr. J.B. Crossland, one of the constructors of the Navy — visited Chatham Dockyard yesterday. They first inspected the Albatross, 4 guns, composite iron sloop, which is nearly ready to hoist the pennant; the Rupert, which is having some alterations made in her machinery; the Raleigh, unarmoured frigate, fitting for sea; and other vessels in course of construction or fitting out at Chatham.
The Admiralty being desirous that the Flying Fish, 4 guns, sister ship to the Albatross, shall be ready to hoist the pennant as soon as possible, every exertion is now being made at Chatham Dockyard to get her out of hand at an early date.

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