HMS Drake was a 14,100 long tons (14,300 t) armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class. She was built at Pembroke Dock and launched on 5 March 1901.
John Jellicoe, future First Sea Lord and commander at Jutland captained Drake in 1903-1904. Another notable figure who served aboard Drake was Humphrey T. Walwyn, a future ViceAdmiral of the Royal Indian Navy, who servedaboard her as a Gunnery Lieutenant.
Drake served in the FirstWorld War and was torpedoed by the German submarineU-79 on 2 October 1917 in Rathlin Sound. Her wreck in Church Bay, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland is a favourite site for divers.