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ROYAL NAVY - UNITED KINGDOM

CRUISERS

BOADICEA scout cruisers (1909-1910)

Bellona 1910

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Boadicea 4C, 19, 11 Pembroke DYd 1/6/1907 14/5/1908 6/1909 hulk 4/1920
Bellona 1C, 12, 87 Pembroke DYd 5/6/1908 20/3/1909 2/1910 sold for BU 5/1921

 

Displacement normal, t

3300

Displacement full, t

3800

Length, m

123.4

Breadth, m

12.5

Draught, m

4.50

No of shafts

4

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines, 12 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

18000

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

coal 850 + oil 200

Endurance, nm(kts) 2000(14)
Armour, mm

deck: 25, CT: 102

Armament

6 x 1 - 102/50 BL Mk VII, 4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

317

Ship project history: The need for small cruisers to work with the destroyer flotillas led to a new series of 'scouts' from 1906 onwards. They were built in three series, two under the 1907 Programme, two more under the 1909 Programme and three under the 1910 and 1911 Programmes. All were built at Pembroke DYd, and each class showed a slight improvement over the last. Although too small for ocean work they proved useful in the North Sea, but like the earlier 'scouts', too slow for the new generation of oil-fired destroyers capable of 27-29kts. The 'armour' was only partial plating over machinery. The first pair carried their guns p&s on a platform ahead of the bridge, two more at the break of the forecastle and two on the centreline aft. By 1916 four more 102mm guns had been added in the waist and a 76mm/45 20cwt AA gun.
Protection: Main deck had slopes and covered machinery only.

Modernizations: 1916, both: + 4 x 1 - 102/50 BL Mk VII, 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk I

6/1917, Bellona; 12/1917, Boadicea: + mine rails (maximal stowage was 70 - 80 mines)

1918, Bellona: - 1 x 1 - 76/45; + 1 x 1 - 102/50 BL Mk VII

Naval service: Boadicea was sold for BU in July 1926.

Boadicea 1914

Ivan Gogin, 2008-09