:: KING EDWARD VII CLASS (1903-1905) ::

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The ships of the King Edward VII class, launched between 1903 and 1905, were the last pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Navy. In similarity with the American battleships of the Mississippi class these ships were of the type called "semi-dreadnought", which included artillery of intermediate caliber to enhance the firepower of the whole ship's battery. As it is logical, the many pre-dreadnought battleships serving in the world navies took part in the naval actions during the First World War, often enduring the most dangerous tasks; the ships of the King Edward VII class would not be an exception to this.

The ships of this class spent their service time in the Atlantic Fleet, the Channel Fleet and the Home Fleet. The flagship HMS King Edward VII resulted sunk in January 1916 when she struck a mine off Cape Wrath. The HMS Britannia was torpedoed and sunk off Cape Trafalgar the 9th November 1918, two days before the Armistice, by the German submarine UB-50, being the last British warship lost in the war. The other ships survived the war, either performing auxiliary tasks or remaining in the reserve, to be finally sold for scrap in 1921.

King Edward VII class: 8 units - Africa, Britannia, Commonwealth, Dominion, Hibernia, Hindustan, King Edward VII, New Zealand

Type: Battleship

Length: 138.2 meters

Beam: 23.8 meters

Draught: 8.15 meters

Displacement (normal): 16350 tonnes

Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 2 x vertical compound expansion steam engine, coal boilers Babcock and Wilcox/Niclausse, 18000 horsepower

Speed: 18.5 knots (34.3 kilometers/hour)

Range: 5270 nautical miles (9760 kilometers) at 10 knots

Complement: 777

Armament: 4 x 305-millimeter 40/45-caliber cannon, 4 x 234-millimeter 47-caliber cannon, 10 x 152-millimeter 45-caliber cannon, 14 x 76-millimeter cannon, 14 x 47-millimeter cannon, 2 x Maxim machine gun, 5 x 450-millimeter torpedo tube

Armor: 203-229 millimeters in belt, 203-305 millimeters in bulkheads, 25-63 millimeters in deck, 305 millimeters in barbettes, 203-305 millimeters in main turrets, 127-229 millimeters in secondary turrets, 178 millimeters in casemates, 305 millimeters in conning tower

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