Friday, 3 August 2012

Victorian and Edwardian Miscellany: Royal Navy: Part 1

Over the years I have managed to collect a few photographs of ships of the Royal Navy from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, and I thought that they might be of general interest to regular blog readers.

The Admiral-class battleships are one of my favourites designs. They were precursors of the Pre-Dreadnoughts and the first significant 'class' of ironclad battleships built by the Royal Navy.

The leadship of the class was HMS Collingwood.


Her particulars were:
  • Displacement: 9,500 tons
  • Length: 325 feet
  • Beam: 68 feet
  • Draught: 26 feet 4 inches
  • Propulsion: 2 × Humphries compound inverted steam engines (9,600 ihp) each driving a propeller
  • Maximum Speed: 16.8 knots
  • Complement: 498
  • Armament: 4 × BL 12-inch guns; 6 × BL 6-inch guns; 12 × 6-pounder QF guns; 4 × 14-inch torpedo tubes
  • Armour: Belt: 8–18 inches; Bulkheads: 7–16 inches; Deck: 2–3 inches; Conning Tower: 2–12 inches; Barbettes: 10–11.5 inches; Battery Screens: 6 inches
The final ship in the class was HMS Benbow. She was unique as she was armed with two of the largest guns that available, the BL 16.25-inch'


Her particulars were:
  • Displacement: 10,600 tons
  • Length: 330 feet
  • Beam: 68 feet 6 inches
  • Draught: 27 feet 10 inches
  • Propulsion: 2 × Maudslay compound inverted steam engines (10,860 ihp) each driving a propeller
  • Maximum Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Complement: 523
  • Armament: 2 × BL 16.25-inch guns; 10 × BL 6-inch guns; 12 × 6-pounder QF guns; 5 × 14-inch torpedo tubes
  • Armour: Belt: 8–18 inches; Bulkheads: 7–16 inches; Deck: 2–3 inches; Conning Tower: 2–12 inches; Barbettes: 10–11.5 inches; Battery Screens: 6 inches
To me these ships the epitome of good Victorian battleship design, and remain amongst my all-time favourite warships.

6 comments:

  1. Bob,

    First you write that the HMS Benbow has two 16.25" guns . . . then list her primary armament as four 12" guns . . . seems to me that you need to edit your post, eh?


    -- Jeff

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  2. Bob

    Great photos. Love the ships from this era. Thanks for posting.

    Cheers

    PD

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  3. Bluebear Jeff,

    Thanks for spotting the error. It has now been corrected.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. Peter Douglas,

    I am very pleased that you liked the photographs.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Vulture,

    As you have no doubt discovered, there are more to come!

    All the best,

    Bob

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