Edgar-class cruiser

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HMS Gibraltar
Class overview
Name: Edgar
Preceded by: Blake-class cruiser
Succeeded by: Powerful-class cruiser
Completed: 9
General characteristics
Type: first class protected cruiser
Displacement: 7,700 tons
Length: 387.5 ft (118.1 m)
Beam: 60 ft (18.3 m)
Draught: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 12,000hp
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) forced draught
Range: 10,000 nautical miles (18,500 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement: 544
Armament:

2 × BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk VI guns
10 × QF 6-inch (152.4 mm) guns
12 × 6-pounder (57-mm) guns

4 × 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes[1]

The Edgar class was a nine-ship class of protected cruiser built around 1891 for the Royal Navy.

Design[edit]

Crescent and Royal Arthur were built to a slightly modified design with a raised forecastle and a pair of 6 inch guns replacing the forward 9.2 inch gun, and are sometimes considered a separate class. The Edgar class are noted for being the first ships fitted with anti torpedo bulges, when four ships of the class had a refit in 1914.

Building programme[edit]

The following table gives the build details and purchase cost of the members of the Edgar class. Standard British practice at that time was for these costs to exclude armament and stores. (There are unexplained discrepancies between the costs quoted in different issues of Brassey's Naval Annual; this is illustrated by the table in the notes.)

Right elevation, deck plan and hull section as depicted in Brassey's Naval Annual 1897
Ship Builder Maker
of
Engines
Date of Cost according to
Laid Down Launch Completion (BNA 1895)[2] (BNA 1905)[3] (BNA 1906)[4]
Edgar Devonport Dockyard Elder 3 Jun 1889 24 Nov 1890 2 Mar 1893 £401,083 £428,081 £410,980
Hawke Chatham Dockyard Elder 16 Jun 1889 11 Mar 1891 16 May 1893 £365,491 £413,101 £400,702
Endymion C & W Earle, Hull Earle 22 Nov 1889 22 July 1891 26 May 1894 £350,459 £397,973 £375,250
Royal Arthur
ex-Centaur
Portsmouth Dockyard Maudslay 20 Jan 1890 26 Feb 1891 2 Mar 1893 £402,414 £427,620 £412,033
Gibraltar Robert Napier & Sons, Govan Napier 2 Dec 1889 27 Apr 1892 1 Nov 1894 £347,634 £377,741 £373,236
Grafton Thames Ironworks Leamouth Humphrys 1 Jan 1890 30 Jan 1892 18 Oct 1894 £351,851 £381,958 £372,890
St George C & W Earle, Hull Maudslay 23 Apr 1890 23 Jun 1892 25 Oct 1894 £377,204 £407,540 £388,755
Theseus Thames Ironworks Leamouth Maudslay 16 Jul 1890 8 Sep 1892 14 Jan 1894 £347,577 £377,913 £370,359
Crescent Portsmouth Dockyard Penn 13 Oct 1890 30 Mar 1892 22 Feb 1894 £383,068 £411,108 £392,453
Cost According to Different Issues of Brassey's Naval Annual
1888-89 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906
HMS Edgar Absent Not Stated £373,548
building
£398,340
building
£401,083 £401,083 £401,083 £401,083 £401,083
assumed
£401,083
assumed
£401,083 £401,083
assumed
£401,083
assumed
£401,083 £428,081 £428,081 £428,081 £410,980

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gardiner, Robert, ed. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. Greenwich: Conway Maritime Press. p. 66. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4. 
  2. ^ Brassey's The Naval Annual 1895, p201-217
  3. ^ Brassey's The Naval Annual 1905, p242-249
  4. ^ Brassey's The Naval Annual 1906, p216-223

References[edit]

  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475. 
  • Brassey, Lord (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1888-89
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1890
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1891
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1892
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1893
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1894
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1895
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1896
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1899
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1902
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1903
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1904
  • Brassey, T.A. (ed) Brassey's The Naval Annual 1905
  • Leyland, J. and Brassey, T.A. (ed) The Naval Annual 1906
  • Gardiner, Robert, ed. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. Greenwich: Conway Maritime Press. p. 440. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4. 

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