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BRISTOL CLASS LIGHT CRUISER (1909-1910)
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Article description Four pages
Length 56 1/4
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A first attempt at a tinplate hull
PRIOR to aircraft, reconnaissance duty was mainly carried out by fast light cruisers acting as scouts, probing ahead of the main force to locate enemy units. The 1908-09 Navy estimates allowed for the laying down of five 25-knot light cruisers, and the contract for hulls and machinery was allocated to the yards of Brown, Fairfield, Beardmore, Vickers and Elswick, the Elswick boat being engined by Wallsend Slipway. The ships were completed in 1910-11 and were 450 ft. long, 47 ft. wide and displaced 4,800 tons, with a complement of 376. All were named after towns:—Bristol, Glasgow, Gloucester, Liverpool and Newcastle. With the exception of Bristol, fitted with Curtis turbines driving twin screws, they had Parsons turbines and quadruple screws. 25 knots could be exceeded and most were capable of 27 knots.
They carried a 6 in. gun fore and aft and five 4 in. guns a side between low bulwarks; the broadside was 355 lb.
The high forecastle was recessed to allow forward fire to the foremost 4 in. guns. There were also two submerged 18 in. torpedo tubes. All saw considerable service in World War I but perhaps HMS Glasgow will be best remembered, being present at the battle of Coronel and taking part in the battle of the Falkland Islands. She also assisted in the destruction of the German light cruiser Dresden, sister ship to the famous raider Emden previously accounted for by HMAS Sydney.
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