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HMS POWERFUL at sunset

Date: c 1908
Dimensions:
Overall: 132 x 85 mm
Medium: Cardboard, Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00015270
Related Place:Melbourne,

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    Description
    This coloured postcard features the first-class protected cruiser HMS POWERFUL.
    SignificanceThis postcard of HMS POWERFUL is an important record of the largest protected cruiser to be constructed by the Royal Navy. As the flagship of the Royal Navy's Australia Station, POWERFUL was warmly received by the Australian public and generated immense pride during a period when Australia's national identity was growing.
    HistoryHMS POWERFUL was built by Vickers, Sons and Maxim at Barrow-in-Furness. POWERFUL's first commission was to the China Station in 1897 and then in 1899 it was diverted to the Boer War operations in South Africa transporting ammunition. POWERFUL returned to England in 1902 and was refitted with four additional guns. In 1905 the cruiser was sent to the Australia Station under the flag of Vice Admiral Sir Wilmot H Fawkes and arrived on 16 December. As a large protected cruiser POWERFUL was popular with Australian and New Zealand ports, often being used as a venue for social activities and receptions.

    In 1908 POWERFUL was the primary vessel welcoming the ships of the American Great White Fleet tour to Sydney and provided a centre for receptions, ceremonies and social events. In 1911 the cruiser's service on the Australia Station was finalised and POWERFUL returned to England. Back in the United Kingdom POWERFUL was involved in training and operations in World War I, before being scrapped in 1929.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: HMS POWERFUL

    Web title: HMS POWERFUL at sunset

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