Duncan Class Battleships Class Overview

Dimensions, machinery and performance (general for class)

Length:
429'
Engines:
2 four cylinder vertically inverted triple expansion
Beam:
75' 6"
Boilers:
24 Belleville water tube type
Draft:
27 (max)
Shafts:
2
Displacement:
14,000 std
SHP:
18,000
Speed:
19 knots
Crew:
750
Range:
7,200 NM @ 10 knots


Armament as built (general for class)
Number Carried
Type
Arrangement
Maximum Range / Ceiling
4
12"/40 (305mm) Mk IX
twin turrets
26,500 yards @ 30° (15 miles)
with a 850 lb. armor piercing shell

12
6"/45 (152mm) BL
single mounts
17,870 yards @ 20° (10.1 miles)
with a 112 lb. HE shell

12
3"/40 (76.2MM) QF
single mounts
11,750 yards @ 40° (6.6 miles)
with a 12.9 lb. HE shell

4
18" (450mm)
torpedo tubes
all submerged
800 yards @ 26.5 knots
118 lb. wet gun-cotton warhead


Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd.
Jarrow-on-Tyne, England

Feb. 19, 1901
Feb. 1903
Fate
Sunk Apr. 27, 1916 by a mine laid by SMS U-73.

Location: Mediterranean Sea, 4 miles from the entrance to the Grand Harbor, Malta.
(Wreck located in July 2003)

At least 120 crewmen killed, 625 survivors.
(Roll of Honour)
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Chatham Dockyard
Chatham, England

Mar. 5, 1901
Nov. 12, 1903
Fate
Sold for scrap Nov. 19, 1919.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Montagu
(ex Montague)
Devonport Dockyard
Plymouth, England

Mar. 5, 1901*
Oct. 1903
Fate
Sunk May 29, 1906 (grounded in fog).

Location: Bristol Channel, Shutter Rock, Lundy Island.
(51.09.57N - 04.40.40W)

Scrapped on site, some parts of the wreck are still there.

Laid down as Montague but renamed Montagu.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Thames Iron Works & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Blackwall, London, England

Mar. 21, 1901
Oct. 3, 1903
Fate
Sold for scrap Feb. 18, 1920.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Thames Iron Works & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Blackwall, London, England

July 13, 1901
Feb. 1904
Fate
Sunk Jan. 9, 1917 by U-32 (torpedo).

Location: Mediterranean Sea off Malta.

15 crewmen were killed.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Cammell Laird Ltd.
Birkenhead, England

Aug. 31, 1901
June 1903
Fate
Sold for scrap Feb. 15, 1920.


Class Notes:
* Some sources give the launch date for Montagu as Apr. 31, 1901.


Page revised Aug. 25, 2007