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VEINTICINCO DE MAYO protected cruiser (1891)

Veinticinco de Mayo 1895

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Veinticinco de Mayo (ex-Nicochea) 541 Armstrong, Elswick, UK 18/6/1885 5/5/1890 2/1891 stricken 1921


Displacement normal, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

100.6 pp 107.9 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m

4.88 mean

No of shafts



VTE, 4 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

coal 620

Endurance, nm(kts)


Armour, mm

steel; deck: 89 - 25 with 114 - 89mm slopes, glacis: 127, shields: 51, CT: 102


1 x 1 - 209/32 MRK L/35 C/86, 8 x 1 - 120/37 SK L/40 C/88, 12 x 1 - 47/37 SK L/40 C/91, 1 - 450 TT (bow), 2 x 1 - 450 TT



Ship project history: Steel-hulled, with a double bottom except in the boiler and engine rooms.  The 21cm Krupp BLR guns were mounted on the raised forecastle and poop, and the 12cm BLR guns were mounted in the waist. There was one fixed bow TT, and two on the main deck broadsides on the quarter. There were two masts with military tops and two broad funnels. She was laid down as the stock cruiser Nicochea and the name was changed when she was purchased by Argentina. Armstrong proposed fitting a 2.1m wide armour belt against QF gunfire but she was completed to the original design. The ship was built to a design by Philip Watts.

Ship protection: The protective deck ran the length of the ship, 89mm on the lower slopes, 114mm on the upper slopes, and 89mm over the engine room and 44mm elsewhere on the flat except at the ends where it reduced to 25mm.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Veinticinco de Mayo 1900

Ivan Gogin, 2014