served with the RN before being handed over to the newly formed RCN in
1910. She went aground off Cape Sable in 1911, needed repairs until 1912,
and sat idle until 1914. During 1914-15, she served with the RN's 4th Cruiser
Squadron off New York. A maintenance disaster, she spent the rest of the
war and until 1920 in Halifax as a depot ship, during which time she was
damaged in the 1917 Halifax Explosion.
Displacement: 11,000 tons
Dimensions: 142.0 x 21.0 x 7.9 meters (466 x 69 x 26 feet)
Propulsion: 15 knots
Armament: 16 6", 12 12 Pdrs, 5 3 Pdrs, 2 18" TT (below waterline)
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||HMCS NIOBE was one of eight DIADEM class armoured cruisers, and she
served in the Royal Navy from 1898 to 1910. In 1910, NIOBE and RAINBOW
became the first two members of the Royal Canadian Navy. She was scrapped
in Philadelphia in 1922. DND photo, Courtesy of Bill Croshaw.
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