H.M.S. Victoria, a 1st class battleship of 1887 was the flagship under the command of Admiral Sir George Tryon, K.C.B., the Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet in June 1893. The fleet left Beyrout for Tripoli when, for unaccountable reasons, Tryon insisted on proceeding with a fleet evolution manoeuvre at six cables instead of the minimum eight with the result that H.M.S. Camperdown rammed her starboard bow. Despite managing to turn and limp towards shore, ten and a half minutes after the collision she capsized and, with her propellers still turning, sank about five miles out in 70 fathoms. The Admiral, 22 officers and 336 men drowned, but not before Admiral Tryon stated in the presence of the Staff-Commander and Flag-Lieutenant that he accepted all blame for the disaster.