Another Portsmouth-built giant joins the Royal Navy

The dreadnought-class battleship HMS St Vincent is launched in Portsmouth in 1908
The dreadnought-class battleship HMS St Vincent is launched in Portsmouth in 1908
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It’s 106 years ago in Portsmouth Dockyard and the latest in the class of giant dreadnought battleships is about to ease her way down the slipway.

On September 10, 1908, HMS St Vincent took to the water – built in her entirety in the dockyard – as were so many ships.

jpns-26-09-14-044 rw HMS st vincent launch pic 3''The launching of HMS St Vincent in Portsmouth in 1908

jpns-26-09-14-044 rw HMS st vincent launch pic 3''The launching of HMS St Vincent in Portsmouth in 1908

The four pictures here today come from Ray Whitehead and give a flavour of the excitement which existed in Portsmouth when one of our own was launched.

At the time, St Vincent was the largest and heaviest battleship ever built for the Royal Navy, at 19,488 tons.

She was launched by Countess Beauchamp watched by a crowd estimated at several thousand.

She was the eighth ship of the dreadnought class.

jpns-26-09-14-044 rw HMS St Vincent launch''The launching of H.M.S St Vincent in Portsmouth dockyard on sept 10 1908

jpns-26-09-14-044 rw HMS St Vincent launch''The launching of H.M.S St Vincent in Portsmouth dockyard on sept 10 1908

Reports of the launch in the American press the next day said: ‘The Admiralty has observed the usual reticence with regard to the details of the design and construction of the St Vincent, but from certain figures given out, it is manifest that the experience gained from the construction of the dreadnought has been utilised in this vessel.’