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ARA Nueve de Julio (1892)
Career (Argentina)
Name: Nueve de Julio
Builder: Armstrong/Elswick
Launched: 1892
Completed: 1893
Fate: Discarded 1930
General characteristics
Type: protected cruiser
Displacement: 3600 tons
Length: 354 ft (107.9 m)
Beam: 44 ft (13.4 m)
Draft: 16 ft 6 in (5.03 m)
Propulsion: 2-shaft VTE, 14,500 ihp (10,800 kW), 8 cylindrical boilers, 350 to 750 tons coal
Speed: 22.25 knots (25.60 mph; 41.21 km/h)
Complement: 327

• 4 × 6 in (150 mm) QF guns
• 8 × 4.7 in (120 mm) QF guns
• 12 × 3 pounder QF guns

• 5 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: protected deck 4.5-3.5 in. slopes, 3.5-1.75 in. flat areas; glacis over engines 5 in., shields 2 in., CT 4 in.

Nueve de Julio was a protected cruiser of the Argentine Navy. Nueve de Julio was designed by Philip Watts and was one of a series of fast protected cruisers built by Armstrong (Elswick, England) for export.[1] The ship was a second-class protected cruiser with quick-firing guns, in contrast to Argentina’s previous “Elswick” ship Veinticinco de Mayo which on a similar size hull mounted 8.2in main guns. Nueve de Julio was therefore similar to its predecessor Piemonte built for Italy, the first cruiser with an all-quick firing armament, and the following Elswick cruiser Yoshino built for Japan, which was the fastest ship in the First Sino-Japanese War and performed well in action. Nueve de Julio had a double bottom except in the boiler and engine rooms (where the hull was not deep enough) and the protective deck had a raised glacis over the engines. Originally the torpedo tubes would have been 14 in., the substitution of the larger type delayed construction.[1] Argentina and its rival Chile purchased a series of cruisers in a local naval arms race from the 1890s to 1902, in which Armstrong of Elswick sold ships to both sides, and Brazil too. Fortunately, there was never a conflict (geography would have made it difficult for either side to sustain a naval campaign along the opposing coastline beyond the tip of South America, or for that matter launch a land war across the mountains) and the warships were eventually retired and scrapped (Nueve de Julio in 1930).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Conways


  • Gardiner, Robert, ed (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860—1905. New York: Mayflower Books. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4. 

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