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DOLPHIN unarmored cruiser (1885)

Dolphin 1885

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
PG24 Dolphin John Roach, Chester 10/1883 12/4/1884 7/1884 (completed), 12/1885 (commissioned) gunboat 7/1920, sold 2/1922

 

Displacement normal, t

1486

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

78.2

Breadth, m

9.75

Draught, m

4.35 mean

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VC, 4 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2255

Max speed, kts

16

Fuel, t

coal 265
Endurance, nm (kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 152/30 Mk I, 2 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss Mk I, 4 x 5 - 37/20 Hotchkiss

Complement

152

   

Ship project history: Authorised under the Act of 3/3/1883. The first ship of the 'New Navy' and usually classified as a despatch boat, Dolphin was originally given a light barque rig with no head gear, and was later rigged as a three-masted schooner, before reducing to two masts. Her 152mm gun was on an upper deck traversing mounting just abaft the foremast.

Modernizations: 1911: - 1 x 1 - 152/30, 1 x 1 - 57/40, 4 x 5 - 47/23; + 2 x 1 - 102/40 Mk III/IV/V/VI, 6 x 1 - 47/45 Driggs-Schroeder Mk II

1914: - 2 x 1 - 102/40, 1 x 1 - 57/40

1921: - 6 x 1 - 47/45; + 1 x 1 - 102/50 Mk IX, 2 x 1 - 57/50 Mk IV

Naval service: For much of her career from 1899 Dolphin served as a despatch vessel for the secretary of the navy.

Dolphin 1910s

Ivan Gogin, 2014