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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 19, 2016.
Webpage updated: April 05, 2017

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ROYAL NAVY IN OLD DEVONPORT  |  TRAINING SHIPS

HMS "POWERFUL"

The prospect of war with Germany in 1912 led to the decision to fit up HMS "Powerful" as a new boys' training establishment at Devonport.

RN Training Ships Powerful and Andromeda

HMS "Powerful", in her original condition,
before it became a Boy's Training Establishment.
From a postcard.

This was opened in 1913 and she was soon joined by HMS "Andromeda" as HMS "Powerful II" and later by HMS "Caroline" as HMS "Powerful III".  The new establishment was commissioned on Tuesday September 23rd 1913.

HMS "Powerful" with HMS "Andromeda" at Devonport.
Note the funnel arrangements.
From a postcard.

What appears to be a later picture of HMS "Powerful", with only one funnel,
and HMS "Andromeda", with no funnels, at Devonport.
From a postcard.

Once the Great War had ended, HMS "Powerful" was disbanded in November 1919 and the ship itself became HMS "Impregnable".  HMS "Powerful II" (HMS "Andromeda") became HMS "Impregnable II" and the former HMS "Caroline" became HMS "Impregnable IV".

The former HMS "Powerful" and HMS "Caroline" were sold on Saturday August 31st 1929 but the former HMS "Andromeda" was moved upstream to become the new HMS "Defiance" as from Tuesday January 20th 1931, in which role she survived the Second World War.