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Cressy-class cruiser
HMS Cressy
Class overview
Name: Cressy
Preceded by: Diadem class cruiser
Succeeded by: Drake class cruiser
Completed: 6
General characteristics
Type: armoured cruiser
Displacement: 12,000 tons
Length: 472 ft (143.9 m) overall
Beam: 69.5 ft (21.2 m)
Draught: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Propulsion: 4-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines, 30 Belleville boilers, 21,000 hp (15,660 kW)
Speed: 21 knots
Complement: 760
Armament:

2 × BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk X guns (2 x 1)
12 × BL 6-inch (152 mm) Mk VII guns (12 x 1)
12 x QF 12 pdr (3 inch) guns (12 x 1)
3 x QF 3-pounder guns (3 x 1)

2 x 18-inch (450 mm) torpedo tubes, submerged
Armour:

Belt 2–6 inches (51-152mm)[1]
Bulkheads 5 inches (127 mm)
Decks 1–3 inches (25-76mm)
Casemates 5 inches (127 mm)
Barbettes 6 inches (152 mm)
Ammunition tubes 3 inches (76.2 mm)

Conning Tower 12 inches (305 mm)

The Cressy class cruiser was a class of six armoured cruisers launched between December 1899 and May 1901, for the Royal Navy. Their design's incorporation of a pair of 9.2-inch guns and armoured sides served to address criticism directed against the previous Diadem class — advances made possible by their 1,000 ton increase in displacement over their predecessors. The ships were notably stable, except for a susceptibility to pitching.[2]

Service[]

Until 1908, the ships served in Home waters, the Mediterranean and the Far East. On the outbreak of the First World War Cressy, Aboukir, Hogue, Bacchante and Euryalus formed the Seventh Cruiser Squadron. Due to the obsolescence of the ships and that they were crewed by inexperienced reservists the squadron was known as the "Live Bait Squadron". This epithet proved prophetic when Cressy, Hogue and Aboukir were sunk in a single action on 22 September 1914 by U-9 near Holland.

Ships[]

  • HMS Cressy: launched 4 December 1899, torpedoed and sunk 22 September 1914
  • HMS Sutlej: launched 18 November 1899, scrapped 9 May 1921
  • HMS Aboukir: launched 16 May 1900, torpedoed and sunk 22 September 1914
  • HMS Hogue: launched 13 August 1900, torpedoed and sunk 22 September 1914
  • HMS Bacchante: launched 21 February 1901, scrapped 1 July 1920
  • HMS Euryalus: launched 20 May 1901, scrapped 1 July 1920

Building Programme[]

The following table gives the build details and purchase cost of the members of the Cressy class. Standard British practice at that time was for these costs to exclude armament and stores. The compilers of The Naval Annual revised costs quoted for British ships between the 1905 and 1906 editions.

Ship Builder Engine
Maker
Date of Cost according to
Laid Down Launch Completion (BNA 1904)[3] (BNA 1906)[4]
HMS Cressy Fairfield, Govan Fairfield 12 October 1898 14 December 1899 28 May 1901 £780,110 £749,324
HMS Sutlej J Brown Clydebank Clydebank
Company
15 August 1898 18 November 1899 6 May 1902 £790,706 £755,690
HMS Aboukir Fairfield, Govan Fairfield 9 November 1898 16 May 1900 3 April 1902 £783,883 £751,118
HMS Hogue Vickers, Barrow Vickers 14 July 1898 13 August 1900 19 November 1902 £787,507 £749,809
HMS Bacchante John Brown Clydebank John Brown 15 February 1899 21 February 1901 25 November 1902 £787,230 £787,230
HMS Euryalus Vickers, Barrow Vickers 18 July 1899 20 May 1901 5 January 1904 £817,880 £782,901

Image gallery[]

References[]

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1860–1905, p. 68.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1860–1905, pp. 68–9.
  3. Brassey's Naval Annual 1904, p212-219
  4. Brassey's Naval Annual 1906, p208-215

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