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VASCO DA GAMA coast defence battleship (1876)

Vasco da Gama 1876

Vasco da Gama 1910

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Vasco da Gama   Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, UK 1874 1/12/1875 1876 disarmed 1933
  

Displacement normal, t

2384

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

61.0 pp

Breadth, m

14.2 over battery, 12.2 wl

Draught, m

5.79 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VC

Power, h. p.

3000

Max speed, kts

10.3

Fuel, t

coal 300

Endurance, nm(kts) 2500(9)

Armour, mm

iron; belt: 229 - 102, battery: 254 - 152

Armament

2 x 1 - 263/18 RK L/20 C/74, 1 x 1 - 149/22 RK L/22 C/75, 4 x 1 - 67/40 Krupp

Complement

232

Ship project history: Casemate ironclad. To the beginning of WWI ship had no battle value. Before reconstruction she was barquentine rigged. 26cm guns were placed in a raised battery and 15cm gun was installed aft.

Ship protection: Main 229-102mm belt was complete. Also main battery was only protected by 254-152mm iron.

Modernizations: (1901-1903, Orlando, Leghorn): ship was drastically reconstructed, the hull was cut in half and lengthened. New data was:

Displacement normal, t

2972

Displacement full, t

3200

Length, m

70.9 pp

Breadth, m

12.2

Draught, m

6.27 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

6000

Max speed, kts

15.5

Fuel, t

coal 300

Endurance, nm(kts) 2500(9)

Armour, mm

steel; belt: 250 - 100, deck: 75, shields: 200

Armament

2 x 1 - 203/40 A(tr)20.3/40, 1 x 1 - 152/45 A(tr)15/45, 1 x 1 - 76/40 A(tr)76/40, 6 x 1 - 47/40 H(tr)47/40

Complement

260

Ship protection after modernization: Main 250-100mm belt was complete and was covered by 75mm main deck over machinery. Main guns were installed in sponsons and protected by 200mm shields. Also CT was protected.

1922: - 1 x 1 - 203/40, 1 x 1 - 76/40; + 1 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk IV

Naval service: Vasco da Gama was disarmed in 1933 and in 1935 discarded and sold.

Vasco da Gama before reconstruction

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