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ALMAZ 2nd class cruiser (1903)

Almaz 1904

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
<Almaz>   Baltic Works, St. Petersburg 25/9/1902 2/6/1903 end-1903 despatch vessel 3/1906, emperor's yacht 10/1908, seaplane carrier 11/1916, captured by Germany 1/5/1918

 

Displacement normal, t

3285

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

99.1 pp 99.1 wl 111.5 oa

Breadth, m

13.3

Draught, m

5.33 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 16 Belleville boilers

Power, h. p.

7500

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, t

coal 800

Endurance, nm(kts)

3350(10)

Armament

4 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 8 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 2 x 1 - 7.6/94

Complement

295

Ship project history: An armed yacht with two funnels, three masts, clipper bows and bowsprit, the Almaz would not qualify for inclusion as a true warship except for her interesting career.

Modernizations: 6/1905: - 6 x 1 - 47/40; + 3 x 1 - 120/43 Canet, 6 x 1 - 75/48 Canet

10/1905: - 3 x 1 - 120/43, 4 x 1 - 75/48; + 4 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss

1915: new armament consisted of 7 x 1 - 120/43 Canet, 4 x 1 - 75/48 Canet AA, 4 seaplanes

Naval service: Apart from two destroyers she was the only ship to reach Vladivostok after the disaster of Tsushima, and transferred to the Black Sea in 1911, serving as a seaplane carrier in the First World War. She became a despatch vessel in March 1906, emperor's yacht in October 1908 and seaplane carrier in November 1916 (that time she was classified as despatch vessel). 1/5/1918 Almaz was captured by German troops at Sevastopol, 24/11/1918 by British-French troops and 29/4/1919 by Red Army. 24/6/1919 she was captured by White Army and departed Sevastopol 14/11/1920 escaping to Istanbul. 29/12/1920 she was interned by French Government at Bizerte, 29/10/1924 Almaz admitted by French as Russian property but was sold by Russian for BU and scrapped in 1934 at Bizerte.

Almaz

Ivan Gogin, 2014