Duke of Edinburgh class cruiser

Duke Of Edinburgh Class Cruiser

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Duke of Edinburgh class cruiser

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The Duke of Edinburgh-class' was a class of six armoured cruisers built around 1905 for the British Royal Navy. The later four ships were armed differently, and are sometimes considered as a separate class, the Warrior-class'.

They were the first ships to come from the new Director of Naval Construction, Philip Watts.

The main armament of six 9.2 inch guns was distributed in two centreline turrets (one fore and one aft with wide angles of fire) and four turrets disposed in the corners about the funnels. The secondary was 5 single gun 6-inch barbettes either side. The remainder was some twenty 3-pounder guns concentrated around the masts – 10 fore and 10 aft.

The Warriors replaced the 6 inch barbettes with four 7.5 inch gun turrets on the same deck as the centre main armament.

Service

Natal blew up in December 1915 due to an internal explosion.Warrior, Duke of Edinburgh and Black Prince were at the Battle of Jutland having joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. Black Prince and Warrior were lost at Jutland.Cochrane and Achilles were in the 2nd Cruiser Squadron. Achilles was undergoing refit and missed Jutland. Cochrane ran aground in the River Mersey in November 1918 and was scrapped. The other survivors of the war were scrapped or sold for scrap by 1921.

Building programme

The following table gives the build details and purchase cost of the members of the Duke of Edinburgh class. Whilst standard British practice at that...
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