HMS Boscawen in 1904
Boscawen, I, II, III
The training ship HMS Boscawen arrived in Portland in 1862. She was a three decked sailing ship of the line, launched in 1844 but reduced to a hulk in 1862 and converted into a training ship.
The original Boscawen at
The interest in this case is that Charles John Strudwick, after joining HMS St. Vincent in Feb 1900 at the age of 14 as a Boy 2nd Class, went on to Minotaur (Boscawen) in Jan 1901, then Agincourt (Boscawen) in July 1901, again moving on shortly after, in August.
On his service record it seems that the captains who completed the entries used the names of the individual ships rather than Boscawen I, II, III.
As far as we can tell at the moment he moved to HMS Trafalgar, (not the same one mentioned above) which at this time was a pre-dreadnaught battleship (see Battleship information)
The note above, says that Agincourt did not arrive until 1904, however the document clearly records Charles going to Agincourt in 1901!