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CHACABUCO protected cruiser (1902)

Chacabuco 1902

Chacabuco 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Chacabuco (ex-Fourth of July)   Armstrong, Newcastle, UK 14/8/1896 4/7/1898 17/1/1902 stricken 12/1959

  

Displacement normal, t

4500

Displacement full, t

4877

Length, m

109.7 pp 127.5 oa

Breadth, m

14.2

Draught, m

5.18 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 8 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

15700

Max speed, kts

23

Fuel, t

coal 1000

Endurance, nm(kts)

7200(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey nickel; deck: 44 with 114 slopes, main shields: 114, secondary shields: 63, CT: 76

Armament

2 x 1 - 203/45 Armstrong U, 10 x 1 - 120/40 Armstrong T, 12 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 6 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 3 - 450 TT (1 bow, 2 beam)

Complement

400

Ship project history: Sister-ship of Japanese protected cruiser Takasago. Ship was laid down at the initiative of Armstrong for sale to foreign customer. She was launched 4/7/1898 and named Fourth of July (probably, in view of hopes to sell her to the USA). In January, 1899 she was offered to Royal Navy, but purchase was refused, in May of the same year ship passed builder`s trials (without artillery), and only in January, 1902 the agreement on her sale to Chile under name Chacabuco has been issued. After that the artillery was installed, and 29/4/1902 ship departured Britain.
    Project of Chacabuco differed by strong artillery at enough light construction, high speed but bad seaworthiness.
   At designed 15750hp machinery power and 22.5kts speed on builder`s trials ship has shown 16034hp and 22.92kts, and according to Chilean data, in December, 1909 on 3hr trials she made 24.75kts.

Ship protection: Protection was ensured by protective deck having 32mm thickness in a flat part with 89mm (at ship ends) to 114mm (abreast macinery) slopes.

Modernizations: (1939-1941): - 2 x 1 - 203/45, 10 x 1 - 120/40, 12 x 1 - 76/40, 6 x 1 - 47/40, 3 - 450 TT; + 6 x 1 - 152/50 EOC TT, 4 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss AA

1945: - 4 x 1 - 57/40; + 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

Naval service: In 1939-1941 Chacabuco passed major repairs and conversion to training cruiser. In 1950 ship was still capable to made 20kts.

Chacabuco 1902

Chacabuco 1919

Ivan Gogin, 2011-15