Index
Agincourt
Bellerophon Cl
Canada
Colossus Class
King Edward Cl
Dreadnought
Erin
Hood
Invincible Cl
Iron Duke Cl
King George Class
Lion Cl
Neptune
New Zealand
Orion Cl
Queen Elizabeth Cl
Renown Cl
Royal Sovereign Cl
St Vincent Cl
Tiger
 
As extracted from Jane's Fighting Ships © for 1919

1912-13 British Dreadnoughts. (" Fast Division.")

(Queen Elizabeth Class.)

Pages 48-49

QUEEN ELIZABETH (Oct., 1913) ; WARSPITE (Nov., 1913) ; VALIANT (4th Nov., 1914) ; BARHAM (31st Dec., 1914) ; MALAYA (18th Mar., 1915)

  • Normal displacement, 27,500 tons (about 31,000 - 33,000 full load).
  • Complement, 955 - 1016.
  • Length (p.p.), 600 feet. Beam, 90 1/2 feet. Mean draught, 30 2/3 feet. Max. draught 33 1/2 feet. Length (over all) Q.E 643 3/4 ft. Rest 639 3/4 ft.

QUEEN ELIZABETH.*                    Photo Graphic Union

*Other ships without fore topmast, as Warspite view.

  • Guns: 8 - 15 inch 42 cal. Dir. Con.; 12 - 6 inch, 50 cal. Dir. Con.; 2 - 3 inch (anti-aircraft); 4 - 3 pdr.; 5 M.G.
  • Torpedo tubes (21 inch): 4 submerged (broadside).
  • Vertical Armour (K.C.): 13" Belt ; 6" - 4" Upper Belt; 6" - 4" Belt (ends) ; 6", 4" Bulkheads (f. & a.) ; 6" Battery ; 10" - 7" Barbettes ; 11" Gunhouses ; 1" Funnel uptakes ; 6" - 3" C.T. Base ; 11" C.T. (6" - 2" Hood) ; 4" Fore Com. Tube ; 6" Torp. C.T. ; 4" Tube (T.C. Tower)
  • Deck Armour (H.T.) : 1" Fo'xle over Battery ; 2" - 1 Upper ; 1" Main ; 1" Middle ; 3" (ends) Lower ; 1" (amidships) Lower.
  • Special protection : 2" - 1" Internal citadel between end barbettes.

WARSPITE.                    Photo, Cribb, Southsea

  • Machinery: Parsons turbine, but Barham has Brown-Curtis. Geared cruising turbines in all ships. Boilers : 24 (see Notes). Designed H.P. 75,000 = 25 kts.
  • Fuel : Only oil, 550 tons normal, 3400 tons max. Coal : 100 tons. for starting boilers and " domestic " purposes.

Gunnery Notes: Range of 15 inch only limited by max. visibility. Elevation of these guns has been enlarged. 6-inch controlled in two groups from director towers on middle bridges. Queen Elizabeth completed with four extra 6-inch at stern; these were found useless, guns removed and ports plated over. Barham came into service with 2 - 6 inch in shields on fo'xle deck amidships; these, too, have been removed, but in a head sea they were said to have been equal to whole main deck battery.

Armour Notes: Belt is 13" at w.l. only, 6" on upper edge, 8" on lower and applied in vertical strakes. Barbettes, 6' and 4" within belt. 1.5" traverses to battery, but no rear screens-only dwarf walls to retain and drain away water admitted to battery. Rear bulkhead to battery is 6" diagonal and 4" where it crosses centre line. Internal protection of these ships is very fine.

Engineering Notes: "All oil" installation very successful. These ships steam splendidly, and can maintain a high average speed for long periods. H.P. turbines on wing shafts, with cruising turbines geared at forward end ; L.P. turbines on inner shafts.

MALAYA (Aircraft view)                    Official R.A.F. Photo

Name Builder Machinery Laid down Completed Trials Boilers Best
recent
speed

Queen Elizabeth

Portsmouth

Wallsend

Oct., '12

Jan., '15

57,130 =  

24 Babcock

 

Warspite

Devonport

Hawthorn

Oct., '12

Mar., '15

77,510 =

24 Yarrow

 

Valiant

Fairfield

Fairfield

Jan., '13

Feb.. '16

71,112 =

24 Babcock

 
Barham Clydebank Clydebank Feb., '13 Oct., '15 76,575 = 24 Yarrow    

Malaya

Elswick

Wallsend

Oct., '13

Feb., '16

76,074 =

24 Babcock

 

Note.- First four begun under 1912 Estimates. Malaya extra ship gift of Federated Malay States. Estimated cost (average), 2,500,000 per ship - 90 per ton. At the Battle of Jutland, Warspite. Valiant. Barham and Malaya supported the First Battle-Cruiser Squadron. Queen Elizabeth. Flagship, C.-in C., Grand Fleet, 1917-18. Barham grounded on May Island during War and badly injured herself, but was salved and repaired. In appearance and general design, these five ships are the finest in the British Navy. Their decks are remarkably clear, and internal arrangements are very spacious. Taken all round, they present the most successful type of capital ship yet designed.

Ahead: 4 = 15 " ; 3 - 6 6" :     Broadside: 8 - 15 in., 6 - 6 in., 2 - 21 in. tubes.      Astern: 4 = 15 "

Source: As extracted from Jane's Fighting Ships © for 1919 - Page 48-49

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