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    Posted: 16 Nov 2010 at 19:05

The Eclipse-class cruisers of the Royal Navy were protected cruisers constructed in the mid-1890s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_class_cruiser

HMS Talbot
HMS Talbot
Class overview
Name: Eclipse-class
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Astraea class cruiser
Succeeded by: Pearl class cruiser
Completed: 9
General characteristics
Type: Protected cruiser
Displacement: 5,600 long tons (5,690 t)
Length: 350 ft (110 m)
Beam: 53 ft 6 in (16.31 m)
Draught: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: 2 Triple-expansion oil-fired steam engines
8,000 ihp (6,000 kW)
2 screws
Speed: 18.5 knots (21.3 mph; 34.3 km/h)
Complement: 450
Armament:

As built:
• 5 × QF 6-inch (152 mm) guns (5×1)
• 6 × QF 4.7 inch (120 mm) guns (6×1)
• 6 × 3-pounder QF guns (6×1)
• 2 × Machine guns
• 3 × 18-inch (450-mm) torpedo tubes
After 1905:
• 11 × 6 in (150 mm) QF guns
• 3 × 12-pounder guns

• 3 × 18-inch (450-mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: • Gun shields: 1.5–3 in (38–76 mm)
• Engine hatch: 3 in (76 mm)
• Decks: 1.5–3 in (38–76 mm)
• Conning tower: 1.5–3 in (38–76 mm)
 
 
Design and history
Right elevation, deck plan and hull section as depicted in Brassey's Naval Annual 1896

They were enlarged versions of the preceding Astraea class. Between 1903 and 1905, all of the ships in the class except for Eclipse had their mixed 6-inch (150 mm) and 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns removed and replaced with a uniform armament of 11 modern 6-inch (150 mm) guns.

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