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BRAZILIAN NAVY (BRAZIL)

CRUISERS

BENJAMIN CONSTANT protected cruiser (1894)

Benjamin Constant 1914

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Benjamin Constant   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne, France 18/11/1891 11/10/1892 4/9/1894 disarmed 3/1926

  

Displacement normal, t

2750

Displacement full, t

2820

Length, m

72.1 pp 74.0 oa

Breadth, m

13.6

Draught, m

5.64 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE

Power, h. p.

4000

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

coal 260

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armour, mm

deck: 51, CT: 95

Armament

4 x 1 - 152/40 Armstrong W, 8 x 1 - 120/40 Armstrong P, 2 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 2 x 1 - 37/20 Hotchkiss, 2 x 5 - 37/17 Hotchkiss, 4 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

216 (400 with cadets)

Ship project history: Built under special project for Brazil, Constant officially was registered as training ship, but had strong armament for her time and can be considered as cruiser. At the same time slow speed and weak protection sharply reduced her battle qualities. Ship has 3-mast barque rig. Ship was originally armed with 152/32 Armstrong M and 120/32 Armstrong M BL guns but was rearmed by QF guns when she laid at Toulon waiting an end of mutiny in Brazil.

Ship protection: Ship was protected by 51mm deck.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Benjamin Constant as completed

Benjamin Constant 1900

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14