Spanish cruiser Infanta Isabel

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An unidentified Velasco-class (here called "Infanta Isabel-class") cruiser in U.S. waters during the 1880s or 1890s, showing the appearance of Infanta Isabel
Armada Española Ensign
Name: Infanta Isabel
Namesake: Isabella, Princess of Asturias
Builder: Naval shipyard Cadiz
Laid down: 1883
Launched: 26 June 1885
Completed: 1888 or 1889
Fate: Stricken 1927
General characteristics
Class and type: Velasco-class
Type: unprotected cruiser
Displacement: 1,152 tons
Length: 210 ft 0 in (64.01 m)
Beam: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m) maximum
Installed power: 1,500 ihp
Propulsion: 1-shaft, horizontal compound, 4-cylinder boilers
Sail plan: barque-rigged
Speed: 13 knots
  • As built: 173 officers and enlisted
  • By 1921: 194 officers and enlisted
  • As built
  • 4 × 4.7 inch (120-mm) guns
  • 4 × 6 pdr guns
  • 1 × machine gun
  • 2 × 14 inch (356-mm) torpedo tubes
  • By 1921
  • 1 × 66 mm (2.6-inch) gun
  • 10 × 57 mm (2.25-inch) guns
Armor: none
Notes: 200 to 220 tons of coal (normal)

Infanta Isabel was a Velasco-class unprotected cruiser of the Spanish Navy.

Technical Characteristics[edit]

Infanta Isabel was built at the naval shipyard at Cadiz. Her keel was laid in 1883, she was launched on 26 June 1885, and she was completed in 1888 or 1889. She had one rather tall funnel. She had an iron hull and was rigged as a barque.

Infanta Isabel was rebuilt in 1911, and by 1921 her armament had become one 66-mm (2.6-inch) and ten 57-mm (2.25-inch) guns and her complement had risen to 194. She was stricken in 1927, by far the longest-lived ship of her class.


  • Chesneau, Roger, and Eugene M. Kolesnik, Eds. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. New York, New York: Mayflower Books Inc., 1979. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
  • Gray, Randal, Ed. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1985. ISBN 0-87021-907-3.

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