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CRUISERS

ASKOLD 1st class cruiser (1901)

Askold 1901

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
<Askold>   Deutsche Werke, Kiel, Germany 20/7/1899 15/3/1900 21/9/1901 interned by China 13/8/1904-5/1905, captured by UK 12/7/1918 (Glory IV)

 

Displacement normal, t

5860

Displacement full, t

5950

Length, m

123.3 pp 130.0 wl 132.1 oa

Breadth, m

15.6

Draught, m

6.20 max

No of shafts

3

Machinery

VTE, 19 Schultz-Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

19000

Max speed, kts

23

Fuel, t

coal 1100

Endurance, nm(kts)

4300(10)

Armour, mm deck: 51 with 76mm slopes, shields: 25, CT: 152

Armament

12 x 1 - 152/44 Canet, 12 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 2 x 1 - 63/17 Baranovski, 8 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 2 x 1 - 37/20 Hotchkiss, 6 - 381 TT (1 bow (aw), 4 beam (2 aw, 2 sub), 1 stern (aw))

Complement

534

Ship project history: Of unique appearance with five tall funnels, the Askold was flush-decked with a short forward superstructure which did not reach the bows. One of the 152mm was mounted on this, and the rest at upper deck level, 1 aft and 5 on either broadside. The 75mm were at main deck level. Askold was usually reckoned the fastest of the larger Russian cruisers.

Ship protection: The protective deck was 51mm with 76mm slopes and 102mm on the engine room hatch glacis. The CT had 152mm with 30mm roof, the ammunition and communication tubes 38mm and the bow and stern TT 63-38mm.

Modernizations: 1912: - 2 x 1 - 75/48, 2 x 1 - 63/17, 4 x 1 - 47/40, 6 - 381 TT; + 4 x 1 - 7.6/94, 4 - 450 TT (beam, 2 aw, 2 sub)

1915: - 4 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss AA, 2 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss AA

Naval service: Askold after Battle in the Yellow Sea 10/8/1904 escaped to Shanghai where she was interned by Chinese Government 13/8/1904 till the end of Russian-Japanese War. In days of WWI she served at Far East, in the Mediterranean and in North seas, where she was 12/7/1918 in Kola Bay captured by British and as Glory IV towed off to Britain in 1919. In 1922 she was returned to Russia but sold for BU that year.

Askold

Ivan Gogin, 2014