Plans of Cressy Class First Class Armoured Cruisers
These plans show the Cressy class first class armoured cruisers of 1899-1901, the first armoured cruisers launched in Britain for a decade. They were a direct development of the Diadem class of first class protected cruisers of 1896-98, but with an extra 1,000t of displacement used to provide up to 6in of of belt armour at the waterline and 5in armoured bulkheads. They carried two 9.2in guns in single turrets fore and aft and twelve 6in guns in casemates, six on each side. In a flaw common to most British cruisers of this period, four of those 6in guns were too close to the water to be used in anything other than calm seas. Twelve 12-pounders were carried for use against torpedo boats and smaller targets, most carried in casemates at the level above the majority of the 6in guns.
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