El Plata-class monitor

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Monitor El Plata.jpg
Watercolor of El Plata
Class overview
Name: El Plata class
Builders: Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London
Operators:  Argentine Navy
Preceded by: None
Succeeded by: None
Built: 1874–1876
In service: 1875–1927
Completed: 2
Scrapped: 2
General characteristics (as built)
Type: Monitor
Displacement: 1,535 long tons (1,560 t)
Length: 180 ft (54.9 m) (p/p)
Beam: 44 ft (13.4 m)
Draft: 9 ft 1 in (2.8 m)
Installed power: 750 ihp (560 kW)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, Compound steam engines
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Range: 1,400 nmi (2,600 km; 1,600 mi)
Complement: 120
Armament:
Armor:
  • Belt: 4.5–6 in (114–152 mm)
  • Deck: 1 in (25 mm)
  • Gun turret: 8–10 in (203–254 mm)

The El Plata-class monitors were a pair of monitors built in Britain in the 1870s for the Argentine Navy. They served as coastal defence ships.[1]

Description[edit]

The El Plata-class monitors were 186 feet (56.7 m) long overall, with a beam of 44 feet (13.4 m) and a draft of 9.5–10.5 feet (2.9–3.2 m). They displaced 1,535–1,677 long tons (1,560–1,704 t), and their crew numbered 120 officers and enlisted men.[2]

The ships had two compound steam engines, each driving one propeller shaft, rated at a total power of 750 indicated horsepower (560 kW). This gave them a maximum speed of 9–9.5 knots (16.7–17.6 km/h; 10.4–10.9 mph). They carried 120 long tons (122 t) of coal which gave them a range of approximately 1,400 nautical miles (2,600 km; 1,600 mi).[2]

History[edit]

Ships in class[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Particulars of the War Ships of the World: (Extracted from Lloyd's Register Book, 1892-93). 10th rev. issue. Lloyd's Register of Shipping. 1892. p. 87. 
  2. ^ a b Chesneau & Kolesnik, p. 401; Ironclads Vasco da Gama and Andes, p. 108; Silverstone, p. 11

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gardiner, Robert, ed. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-133-5. 
  • Gardiner, Robert; Gray, Randal, eds. (1984). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906–1922. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-907-3. 
  • "Ironclads Vasco da Gama and Andes". Warship International. Toledo, Ohio: Naval Records Club. X (1): 106–08. 1973. 

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