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CRUISERS

VELASCO unprotected cruisers (1881-1891)

Infanta Isabel 1918

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Velasco   Thames Iron Wks, Blackwall, UK 1879 1881 1881 sunk 1/5/1898
Gravina   Thames Iron Wks, Blackwall, UK 1879 1881 1881 wrecked 10/7/1884
Infanta Isabel   Arsenal del Cadiz 1883 26/6/1885 1888 stricken 1926
Isabel II   Arsenal del El Ferrol 1883 19/2/1886 1888 stricken 1902
Cristóbal Colón   La Carraca, Carraca 1883 1887 1889 lost 29/9/1895
Don Juan de Austria   Arsenal del Cartagena 1883 23/1/1887 1889 sunk 1/5/1898
Don Antonio de Ulloa   La Carraca, Carraca 1883 23/1/1887 1889 sunk 1/5/1898
Conde de Venadito   Arsenal del Cartagena 5/10/1884 20/8/1888 12/8/1891 stricken 7/1902
  

Displacement normal, t

1152

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

64.0 pp 67.4 oa

Breadth, m

9.75

Draught, m

3.90 normal 4.20 max

No of shafts

1

Machinery

HC, 4 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

1500

Max speed, kts

13

Fuel, t

coal 220

Endurance, nm(kts) 2500(7)

Armament

Velasco, Gravina: 2 x 1 - 150/26 Armstrong M1881, 2 x 1 - 70/12 Hontoria, 2 - 356 TT (beam)

others: 4 x 1 - 120/35 Hontoria M1883, 4 x 5 - 37/17 Hotchkiss, 4 x 1 - 25/40 Nordenfelt, 2 - 356 TT (beam)

Complement

173

Ship project history: iron-hulled barque-rigged cruisers (sail area was 1132 m2). Fastest from the class, Cristóbal Colón, reached 15kts on trials.

Modernizations: 1911, Infanta Isabel: was armed with only 1 x 1 - 66/40 Skoda, 10 x 1 - 57/42 Nordenfelt

Naval service: Gravina was lost N off Luzon 10/7/1884. Cristóbal Colón was lost off Cuba 29/9/1895. Velasco, Don Juan de Austria and Don Antonio de Ulloa were sunk by American cruisers Olympia, Raleigh, Baltimore, Boston and gunboats Concord and Petrel 1/5/1898 at Cavite. Later Don Juan de Austria was raised by Americans and commissioned by US Navy as gunboat under the same name.

Velasco 1890

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