Canopus Class Battleships Class Overview

Dimensions, machinery and performance

Length:
418'
Engines:
2 Three cylinder vertical inverted triple expansion
Beam:
74'
Boilers:
20 Belleville (coal fired)
Draft:
26' 6"
Shafts:
2
Displacement:
12,950 std.
SHP:
13,500 (design)
Speed:
18.25 knots (design)
Crew:
750
Range:
N/A


Armament
Number Carried
Type
Arrangement
Maximum Range / Ceiling
4
12"/35 (305mm)
Mk VIII

2 twin turrets
26,000 @ 30° (14.7 miles)
with 875 lb. armor piercing shell
12
6"/40 (152mm)
single mounts
10,000 yards @ 15°
with 100 lb. HE shell

10
3"/40 (76mm)
12 pounder QF

single mounts
11,750 yards @ 40°
AA ceiling 19,000' @ 70°
6
1.85"/40 (47mm)
3 pounder QF

single mounts
7,900 yards @ 45°
AA ceiling 3,600 (effective)
4
18" (450mm)
torpedo tubes
submerged
800 yards @ 26.5 knots
118 lb. wet gun cotton warhead


Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Portsmouth Dockyard
Portsmouth, England

Oct. 13, 1897
Dec. 1900
Fate
Sold for scrap Jan. 28, 1920.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Chatham Dockyard
Chatham, England

Mar. 25, 1898
Mar. 27, 1900
Fate
Sunk May 13, 1915 by the Turkish torpedo boat Muavenet-i Millye.

Location: Aegean Sea, 1 mile SE of Seddülbahir, Turkey (Dardanelles).
(40.02.22N - 26.12.23E)

At least 501 crewmen killed and at least 165 survivors.
(Roll of Honour)
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Thames Iron Works Ltd.
Blackwall, London, England

June 21, 1898
June 1901
Fate
Sold for scrap Dec. 11, 1919.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Devonport Dockyard
Plymouth, England

July 5, 1898
Feb. 1900
Fate
Sunk Mar. 18, 1915 by a mine laid by the Turkish minelayer Nousret and gunfire
from shore batteries.

Location: Dardanelles Strait off Gallipoli, Turkey.

Casualties unknown.
*Was assisting HMS Irresistible which had hit a mine earlier.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Glory
(later Crescent)
Cammell Laird Ltd.
Birkenhead, England

Mar. 11, 1899
Oct. 1901
Fate
Sold for scrap Dec. 19, 1922.

*Renamed Crescent in 1920 to free the name.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd.
Barrow-in-Furness, England

July 25, 1899
Apr. 1902
Fate
Sold for scrap Dec. 1, 1921.


Page revised Feb. 23, 2007