Highflyer-class cruiser

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HMS Highflyer AWM 302207.jpeg
HMS Highflyer
Class overview
Name: Highflyer
Operators: RN Ensign Royal Navy
Preceded by: Pelorus class
Succeeded by: Challenger class
Completed: 3
Lost: 1
Scrapped: 2
General characteristics
Type: Protected cruiser
Displacement: 5,600 long tons (5,690 t)
Length: 350 ft (106.7 m) (p/p, 372 ft (113.4 m) (o/a)
Beam: 54 ft (16.5 m)
Draught: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Installed power: 10,000 ihp (7,460 kW)
18 water-tube boilers
Propulsion: 2 shafts
2 × Vertical triple-expansion steam engines
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 450
Armament:
Armour: Deck: 1.5–3 in (38–76 mm)
Gun shields: 3 in (76 mm)
Conning tower: 6 in (152 mm)

The Highflyer-class cruisers were a three-ship class of second-class protected cruisers of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1897 and completed at an average cost of £300,000.

They were essentially repeats of the Eclipse class, but carried eleven 6-inch main guns as the main armament instead of the mix of 6 inch and 4.7 inch guns used on the earlier ships. They also used water tube boilers like the Arrogant class, with slightly upgraded machinery, but unlike the Arrogant class they were not designed to act as rams. The water tube boilers raised the speed of the ships by half a knot, and were 100 tons lighter than the boilers used in the Eclipse-class ships, almost making up for the increased weight of the guns. With the very similar Challenger-class ships they were the last British light cruisers before HMS Bristol was laid down in 1909.

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