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ARA El Plata (1874)
Monitor El Plata
Watercolor of El Plata
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Name: ARA El Plata
Builder: Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London
Launched: 29 August 1874
Struck: 16 November 1927
Fate: Scrapped, 1929?
General characteristics (as built)
Type: El Plata-class monitor
Displacement: 1,535–1,677 long tons (1,560–1,704 t)
Length: 186 ft (56.7 m) (o/a)
Beam: 44 ft (13.4 m)
Draft: 9.5–10.5 ft (2.9–3.2 m)
Installed power: 750 ihp (560 kW)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, Compound steam engines
Speed: 9–9.5 knots (16.7–17.6 km/h; 10.4–10.9 mph)
Range: 1,400 nmi (2,600 km; 1,600 mi)
Complement: 120
Armament: 2 × Armstrong 9-inch (229 mm) muzzle-loading rifles
2 × small guns
Armor: Belt: 4.5–6 in (114–152 mm)
Deck: 1 in (25 mm)
Gun turret: 8–10 in (203–254 mm)

ARA El Plata was the first of two El Plata-class monitors built in Britain in the 1870s for the Argentine Navy.

DescriptionEdit

El Plata was 186 feet (56.7 m) long overall, with a beam of 44 feet (13.4 m) and a draft of 9.5–10.5 feet (2.9–3.2 m). She displaced 1,535–1,677 long tons (1,560–1,704 t), and her crew numbered 120 officers and enlisted men.[1]

The ship had two compound steam engines, each driving one propeller shaft, rated at a total power of 750 indicated horsepower (560 kW). This gave her a maximum speed of 9–9.5 knots (16.7–17.6 km/h; 10.4–10.9 mph). El Plata carried 120 long tons (122 t) of coal which gave her a range of approximately 1,400 nautical miles (2,600 km; 1,600 mi).[1]

FootnotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chesneau & Kolesnik, p. 401; Ironclads Vasco da Gama and Andes, p. 108; Silverstone, p. 11

ReferencesEdit

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