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ESMERALDA armoured cruiser (1896)


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Esmeralda 1890s

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Esmeralda     Armstrong, Newcastle, UK 4/7/1893 14/4/1894 4/9/1896 stricken 1929


Technical data


Displacement normal, t7000
Displacement full, t 
Length, m

132.9 pp

Breadth, m

16.2

Draught, m

6.17 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 12 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

16000

Max speed, kts

22.2

Fuel, t

coal 1300

Endurance, nm(kts)5500(10)
Armour, mm

Harvey; belt: 152, protective deck: 51 - 38 with 51 - 38 slopes, shields: 114, CT: 203

Armament

2 x 1 - 203/40 Armstrong P, 16 x 1 - 152/40 Armstrong W2, 8 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 3 - 450 TT (1 bow, 2 beam)

Complement

500



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<i>Esmeralda</i> 1896
Esmeralda 1896


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<i>Esmeralda </i>1890s
Esmeralda 1890s


Ship project history


Cruiser was designed by P. Watts and became development of exported cruisers of "Elswick" type. Though she had an armoured belt, but this belt was very narrow and raised over wl on 0.5m. On trials Esmeralda considerably exceeded designed machinery power and speed. Steel hull was wood and copper-sheathed.

Ship protection


100.0m-long belt extended 0.6m above and 1.5m below lwl and was closed by 152mm bulkheads. Complete protective deck had 25mm thickness behind the belt and 51mm at the ends.

Modernizations


1910: - 4 x 1 - 152/40

Naval service


No significant events.