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    Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 17:19

HMS Sir Thomas Picton (1915)

HMS Sir Thomas Picton 1916 AWM G01453 clipped 300px.jpeg
HMS Sir Thomas Picton circa. 1916
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Sir Thomas Picton
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Laid down: January 16, 1915
Launched: September 30, 1915
Decommissioned: 1921
Fate: Scrapped 1921
General characteristics
Class and type: Lord Clive class
Displacement: 6,150 tons
Length: 335 feet (102.1 m)
Beam: 87 feet (26.5 m)
Draught: 9.7 feet (3.0 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, reciprocating steam engines, 2 boilers, 2,310 hp
Speed: 6.5 knots (12.0 km/h)
Complement: 187
Armament: BL 12-inch (304.8 mm) Mk VIII guns in a single turret, two 3-inch (76 mm) guns.

HMS Sir Thomas Picton was a First World War Royal Navy Lord Clive-class monitor. Sir Thomas Picton was the only Royal Navy ship ever named for Sir Thomas Picton, a British general of the Peninsula War who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo. The ship's original 12" main battery was stripped from the obsolete Majestic class battleship HMS Mars.

The Lord Clive class monitors were originally built in 1915 to engage German shore artillery in occupied Belgium during the First World War. Sir Thomas Picton, however was differently employed, being dispatched to the Eastern Mediterranean upon completion for service with the fleet there alongside her sister HMS Earl of Peterborough. Early in 1916 she shelled Turkish positions at the Dardanelles and during the remainder of the war was active against Turkish units in Egypt, Palestine and Turkey itself.

Following the armistice in November 1918, Sir Thomas Picton and her sisters were put into reserve pending scrapping, as the reason for their existence ended with the liberation of Central Power-held coastlines. In 1921 Sir Thomas Picton was scrapped along with all her sisters.


  • Dittmar, F. J. & Colledge, J. J., "British Warships 1914-1919", (Ian Allen, London, 1972), ISBN 0-7110-0380-7
  • Gray, Randal (ed), "Conway's All The Worlds Fighting Ships, 1906-1921", (Conway Maritime Press, London, 1985), ISBN 0-85177-245-5
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