Devonshire-class cruiser (1903)
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|Preceded by:||Monmouth class|
|Succeeded by:||Duke of Edinburgh class|
|Type:||first class armoured cruiser|
|Length:||450 ft (137.2 m)|
|Beam:||68 ft 6 in (20.88 m)|
|Draught:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Installed power:||21,000 shp (15,660 kW)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41km/h)|
|Armament:||18 inch (450 mm) torpedo tubes|
|Armour:||6 in (152 mm)belt
6 in (152 mm) barbette
5 in (127 mm) turret
The ships were designed for commerce protection, and the design was similar to the Monmouth class except that the twin 6 inch (152 mm) turrets and the forward double casemates were replaced by four 7.5 inch (190 mm) single turrets in a diamond arrangement. The 7.5 inch gun was introduced because the all – 6 inch gun armament of the Monmouth class was no longer adequate to deal with the latest likely commerce raiding threats.
- Antrim, launched on 8 October 1903, sold for breaking up on 19 December 1922.
- Argyll, launched on 3 March 1904, wrecked on 28 October 1915.
- Carnarvon, launched on 7 October 1903, sold for breaking up on 8 November 1921.
- Devonshire, launched on 30 April 1904, sold for breaking up on 9 May 1921.
- Hampshire, launched on 4 September 1903, sunk by a naval mine on 5 June 1916.
- Roxburgh, launched on 19 January 1904, sold on 8 November 1921.
The following table gives the build details and purchase cost of the members of the Devonshire class. Standard British practice at that time was for these costs to exclude armament and stores. The 1905 edition costs were compiled before the ships were complete.
|Date of||Cost according to|
|Laid Down||Launch||Completion||(BNA 1905)||(BNA 1906)|
|Devonshire||Chatham Dockyard||Thames Ironworks||25 Mar 1902||30 Apr 1904||24 Aug 1905||£900,792 ***||£818,167|
|Antrim||John Brown, Clydebank||John Brown||27 Aug 1902||8 Oct 1903||23 Jun 1905||£899,050 ***||£873,625|
|Argyll||Scott, Greenock||Greenock Foundry||1 Sep 1902||3 Mar 1904||December 1905||£912,588 ***||£873,598|
|Carnarvon||Beardmore||Humphrys||1 Oct 1902||17 Oct 1903||29 May 1905||£899,465 ***||£858,130|
|Hampshire||Armstrong, Elswick||Hawthorn||1 Sep 1901||24 Sep 1903||15 Jul 1905||£872,327 ***||£833,817|
|Roxburgh||London & Glasgow
|London & Glasgow
|13 Jun 1902||9 Jan 1904||5 Sep 1905||£866,199 ***||£829,327|
*** = cost published by Brassey before the ship was complete. i.e. The total cost may have been more than this.
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- Brassey's Naval Annual 1905, p234-243
- Brassey's Naval Annual 1906, p208-215
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