Protected cruiser HMS Europa

The protected cruiser HMS Europa belonged to the Diadem class, which consisted of eight ships, with only three of the ships still participated in the First World War.


Launching and design:

The ships of the Diadem class were from the Powerful class and should be used primarily in the protection of trade routes. To save costs, a weaker propulsion system was installed, which reduced armor and did not mount heavy guns. In addition, fewer crew members could now be used, which reduced the costs to the predecessor ship by 15%.

Thus, no 234 -mm guns but two 152 -mm guns were mounted at the bow and at the rear, which significantly reduced the impact. The other 12 cannons were laterally embedded in casemates.

The launch of HMS Europa took place on March 20, 1897, the commissioning on November 23, 1899.



HMS Europa




History of HMS Europa:

After commissioning and the test drives took place in 1900, a trip to Australia to take an exchange crew of the British warships there. Since the ship had a very high consumption of coal, it had to start altogether at ports to receive coal there. Alone these loads lasted 30 days, so that the ship arrived after only 88 days in Sydney.

As the tensions between Russia and Japan intensified at the end of 1903, Europa was sent to the area to investigate and possibly evacuate British nationals from the danger zone.

1907 was the second trip to Australia to carry out an exchange of crews. On September 6, 1907, the Europa ran together with the HMS Edgar of Portsmouth, Sydney this time could already be reached on October 3, 1907, making this trip lasted only 27 days.

Subsequently, the ship was assigned to the reserve.




Use in the war:

When the First World War broke out, the HMS Europa, together with its sister ships HMS Argonaut and HMS Amphitrite, was reactivated and assigned to the 9th Cruiser Squadron in Gibraltar. From there, the ships were to oversee the area and raise German merchant ships.

After the Ottoman Empire had joined the war against Great Britain, starting from the beginning of 1915, the planning and preparations for a landing company began on the Dardanelles. The responsible for the attack on Gallipoli Admiral Wemyss demanded from the British Admiralty a ship, which should serve as a floating depot for the troop transport. Since the HMS Europa was correspondingly large enough and the drive system would soon be due for an overhaul, this ship was selected and relocated in June 1915 in the operational area.

On the way there, the ship was still a part of its crew to other warships, on site, then the largest part of the machine personnel were delivered. Since the ship also had a modern radio system, it served until the end of the war not only as a depot but also as a working ship for the staffs.





After the First World War, HMS Europa was brought back to Britain and decommissioned there.

On September 15, 1920, it was sent to the company C.F. Bletto sold in Malta, which wanted to convert it in Genoa to an emigrant ship.

On the way there, the ship sank in January 1921 during a storm. It could be lifted, but the damage was so strong that it could only be scrapped in Genoa.




Ship data:


HMS Europa


Great Britain

Ship Type:  

Protected cruiser




J.& G. Thompson, Clydebank




March 20, 1897


November 23, 1899


Sold on 15 September 1920, sunk on the way to Genoa in January 1921, subsequently lifted and scrapped


140,97 meters


21,05 meters


Max. 7,77 meters


Max. 11.000 tons


677 men


30 Belleville boilers

2 triple expansion machines


16.500 PS

Maximum speed:  

20,25 kn




16 x 152 mm cannons

14 x 12-pounder guns

3 x 3-pounder guns

8 x machine guns

2 x 450 mm torpedo tubes


Armored deck 65 to 102 mm

Casemates 114 mm

Shields 114 mm

Command tower 305 mm






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