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DEFENCE

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Nickname

Ship Class

Minotaur

Grouping

Ist Cruiser Squadron

Command

Grand Fleet

Builder's Yard

Pembroke dockyard

Budget Year

1904-05 Naval Estimates

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

25.02.2005

Launch Date

24.04.2007

Completed date

Commission date

09.02.1909

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

Public Domain

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Admiral Arbuthnot had been playing tennis with John Jellicoe's wife, Gwendoline, the day before.

Sister ships

sunk at Jutland

Eventual Fate

Jutland result

Sunk on May 31st after receiving fire from the van of the German battle fleet after she had been spotted from the Derfflinger. She had closed (with Warrior) to around 5,500 yards of Wiesbaden.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain S.V.Ellis (Flagship of Rear Admiral Sir Robert Arbuthnot)

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

779

Officers

Ratings

Killed

904

Wounded

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

14,600

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

490

Length (mtrs)

149.4

Beam (ft)

74,6

Beam (mtrs)

22.7

Draught (ft)

26

Draught (mtrs)

7.9

Max. Speed (knots)

23

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Carried max. of 2,060 long tons of coal and 750 tons of fuel oil. Could cruise 8,150 miles at 10 knots.

Propulsion

2 shafts, 2 vertical triple epansion steam engines with an power of 27,000 ihp (indicated horse power)

Armour Main Belt

3 to 6" (76 to 152 mm)

Deck Armour

1.5 to 2" (38 to 51 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

4.5 to 8" (114 to 203 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

10" (254 mm)

Barbette Armour

7" (178 mm)

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

BL 9.2" Mk XI guns

No. Primary Turrets

Guns (No.barrels)

2

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

single BL 7.5" Mk V guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

10

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

16 single QF 12 pounder, 18 cwt guns

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

18

No. tubes

5

Torpedo Type MM

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources

Details on the 904 members of the crew of HMS Defence that died at the Battle of Jutland can be found at: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/381