- Cressy class cruiser
Class overview Name: Cressy Preceded by: Diadem class cruiser Succeeded by: Drake class cruiser Completed: 6 General characteristics Type: armoured cruiser Displacement: 12,000 tons Length: 472 ft (144 m) overall Beam: 69.5 ft (21.2 m) Draught: 26 ft (7.9 m) Propulsion: 4 cylinder triple-expansion steam engines, 30 Belleville boilers, 21,000 hp (16,000 kW) Speed: 21 knots Complement: 760 Armament:
The Cressy class cruiser was a class of six armoured cruisers launched between December 1899 and May 1901, for the Royal Navy.
Until 1908, the ships served in Home waters, the Mediterranean and the Far East. On the outbreak of the First World War Cressy, Aboukir, Hogue and Euryalus formed the Seventh Cruiser Squadron. Due to the obsolescence of the ships and that they were crewed by inexperienced reservists the squadron was known as the "Live Bait Squadron". This proved to be the case when Cressy, Hogue and Aboukir were sunk in a single action on 22 September 1914 by U-9.
- HMS Cressy: launched 4 December 1899, torpedoed and sunk 22 September 1914
- HMS Sutlej: launched 18 November 1899, scrapped 9 May 1921
- HMS Aboukir: launched 16 May 1900, torpedoed and sunk 22 September 1914
- HMS Hogue: launched 13 August 1900, torpedoed and sunk 22 September 1914
- HMS Bacchante: launched 21 February 1901, scrapped 1 July 1920
- HMS Euryalus: launched 20 May 1901, scrapped 1 July 1920
The following table gives the build details and purchase cost of the members of the Cressy class. Standard British practice at that time was for these costs to exclude armament and stores. The compilers of The Naval Annual revised costs quoted for British ships between the 1905 and 1906 editions.
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Date of Cost according to Laid Down Launch Completion (BNA 1904) (BNA 1906) HMS Cressy Fairfield, Govan Fairfield 12 Oct 1898 14 Dec 1899 28 May 1901 £780,110 £749,324 HMS Sutlej J Brown Clydebank Clydebank
15 Aug 1898 18 Nov 1899 6 May 1902 £790,706 £755,690 HMS Aboukir Fairfield, Govan Fairfield 9 Nov 1898 16 May 1900 3 Apr 1902 £783,883 £751,118 HMS Hogue Vickers, Barrow Vickers 14 Jul 1898 13 Aug 1900 19 Nov 1902 £787,507 £749,809 HMS Bacchante John Brown Clydebank John Brown 15 February 1899 21 February 1901 25 November 1902 £787,230 £787,230 HMS Euryalus Vickers, Barrow Vickers 18 July 1899 20 May 1901 5 January 1904 £817,880 £782,901
- Chesnau, Roger and Kolesnik, Eugene (Ed.) Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1860-1905. Conway Maritime Press, 1979. ISBN 0-83170-302-4
- Brassey, T.A. (ed)The Naval Annual 1904
- Leyland, J. and Brassey, T.A. (ed)The Naval Annual 1906
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S – Single ship of class • C – One or more completed after the war • X – Cancelled • G – Grouping of several classes;A – All completed after the war •• V – Conversions • m – converted from Courageous class
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