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BELLEROPHON

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Billy Ruffian

Ship Class

Bellerophon

Grouping

4th Battle Squadron (VA Doveton Sturdee)

Command

Grand Fleet

Builder's Yard

Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Similar external appearance to HMS Dreadnought but secondary armament and anti torpedo netting improved. Also had two Tripod masts (rather than Dreadnought's one).

Date Laid Down

06.12.1906

Launch Date

27.07.1907

Completed date

Commission date

27.02.1909

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

LOC_ggbain_16725

Related stories

Sister ships

Eventual Fate

Sold for scrap Nov 1921

Jutland result

Fired 62 heavy rounds without a single hit.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain Edward F. "Tiny" Bruen

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

840

Officers

Ratings

Killed

Wounded

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

18,856

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

526

Length (mtrs)

160

Beam (ft)

82.6

Beam (mtrs)

21.15

Draught (ft)

31.5

Draught (mtrs)

9.58

Max. Speed (knots)

20.75

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

10,539 at 10 kts

Fuel

Propulsion

18 Babcock water boilers dvidied into three groups. Used 4 Parsons single reduction steam turbines driving 4 shafts. Rated at 23,000 shp. Bot sister ships Temeraire and Superb were faster because of higher shp.

Armour Main Belt

10 to 5"

Deck Armour

3 to 1.5"

Turret Armour IN CM

12"

Conning Tower Armour

11"

Barbette Armour

10 to 5"

Weight of armour

5430

Armour / Displacement Ratio

#REF!

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Dreyer Mk 1

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

12"

No. Primary Turrets

5

Guns (No.barrels)

10

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

1

Primary Broadside Weight

10

Secondary Gun Calibre

4"

Guns (No.barrels) 2

16

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

No. tubes

Torpedo Type MM

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources

Tarrant puts full sidplacement at 18,800.