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AQUIDABÃ turret ship (1887)

Aquidabã 1887

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Aquidabã, 6/1894- Dezesseis de Abril, 7/1894- Vinte e Quatro de Maio, 1900- Aquidabã   Samuda, Poplar, UK 18/6/1883 17/1/1885 1887 explosion 22/1/1906

  

Displacement normal, t

4921

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

85.3

Breadth, m

15.9

Draught, m

5.59

No of shafts

2

Machinery

IC, 8 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

6500

Max speed, kts

15.8

Fuel, t

coal 800

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armour, mm

compound; belt: 292 - 178, turrets: 254, CT: 254

Armament

2 x 2 - 234/31 Armstrong G, 4 x 1 - 140/31 70pdr Armstrong BLR, 13 x 1 - 37/30 Armstrong, 5 - 356 TT (4 beam, 1 stern)

Complement

277

Ship project history: This steel-hulled armoured turret ship was a shorter and lighter-draught version of Riachuelo, with identical main armament and armour. Her appearance was similar except that she only had one funnel.

Ship protection: The belt protected the machinery and magazines. It was 178mm thick below water, 292mm above water over the engines and boilers and 254mm elsewhere. There was a 51mm steel deck over the belt, a 76mm steel deck over the breastwork and a 76mm proteciive deck fore and aft.

Modernizations: (1897-1898, Vulcan, Stettin, Germany): masts were replaced by two military masts; - 4 x 1 - 140/31, 13 x 1 - 37/30; + 4 x 1 - 120/40 Armstrong P, 10 x 1 - 57/42 Nordenfelt

1904: military masts were removed; - 2 - 356 TT

Naval service: Aquidabã was torpedoed and sunk 16/4/94 off Fortress of Anhatomirim (Santa Catarina) by torpedo gunboat Gustavo Sampaio but she was refloated in June 1894 and renamed. In 1900 she was renamed Aquidabã again. 21/1/1906, when she was moored at Jacuacanga Bay near Rio de Janeiro, her powder magazines blew up and Aquidabã sank in 3 minutes with 212 lives lost.

Aquidabã 1887

Vinte e Quatro de Maio 1900

Ivan Gogin, 2014