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DMITRIY DONSKOY semi-armoured frigate (1885)

Dmitriy Donskoy 1897

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Дмитрий Донской <Dmitriy Donskoy>   New Admiralty, St. Petersburg 12/10/1880 30/8/1883 1885 scuttled 29/5/1905

 

Displacement normal, t

5800

Displacement full, t

6200

Length, m

90.4 wl 93.4 oa

Breadth, m

15.9

Draught, m

7.85 max

No of shafts

1

Machinery

2 VC, 8 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

7000

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal 990

Endurance, nm(kts)

3300(10)

Armour, mm compound; belt: 152 - 114, deck: 13

Armament

2 x 1 - 203/28 obr. 1877, 14 x 1 - 152/25 obr. 1877, 4 x 1 - 87/21 4pdr obr. 1877, 14 x 5 - 37/17 Hotchkiss, 5 - 381 TT (aw, 1 bow, 4 beam)

Complement

571

Ship project history: According to official British reports the Dmitriy Donskoy, which originally had a heavy full rig, was not well subdivided and if the very large engine room had flooded she would have sunk.

Ship protection: There was a complete 152mm belt, with a 114mm lower edge from 0.7m above to 1.7m below lwl. The armour deck was 13mm.

Modernizations: 1895: was completely rearmed with 6 x 1 - 152/44 Canet, 10 x 1 - 120/43 Canet, 2 x 1 - 63/17 Baranovski, 6 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 10 x 1 - 37/20 Hotchkiss, 5 - 381 TT (1 bow, 4 beam)

Naval service: Dmitriy Donskoy was badly damaged by Japanese cruisers and destroyers 27/05/1905 (the next day after Tsushima battle) and at next morning scuttled by own crew off Dajelet Island, becoming the last victim of Tsushima.

Dmitriy Donskoy

 

© Ivan Gogin, 2014