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PRINCESS ROYAL

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Battle-cruiser

Nickname

Ship Class

Lion

Grouping

ist Battlecruiser Squadron

Command

Battle-cruiser Fleet

Builder's Yard

Vickers. Barrow-in-Furness

Budget Year

1909-1910 Contingent Budget

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

02.05.1910

Launch Date

29.04.1911

Completed date

Commission date

14.11.1912

Year laid down

Year launched

1912

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

Courtesy: D Smith Collection

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Sister ships

Lion

Eventual Fate

Sold for scrap December 1922

Jutland result

A turret stopped functioning early on in the "Run to the South" (the breech pinion gear sheared blocking the left gun while the right gun misfired. 16:11 Motlke fired a torpedo which ran under Princess Royaé. 18:22 Princess Royal hit by shelling from the SMS Markgraf: one put X turret out of action, the other penetrated the ship's belt armour.

Ready for action after dock repairs

15.07.1916

Commander

Captain Walter H. Cowan, M.V.O., D.S.O. (Flying the Flag of Rear-Admiral Osmond de B. Brock, C.B.)

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

Officers

Ratings

Killed

22

Wounded

81

Prisoners

103

Displacement full Load (tons)

30,820

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

700'

Length (mtrs)

213.4

Beam (ft)

88' 6"

Beam (mtrs)

88.6

Draught (ft)

32'5"

Draught (mtrs)

9.9

Max. Speed (knots)

28

Range (miles)

6,460 at 10 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

4 Parsons team turbine engines heating 18 Babcock and Wilcox boilers driving 4 shafts. Rated at 70,000 shp. Ran at 28.5 kts in sea trials.

Armour Main Belt

4" - 9" (102 - 229 mm)

Deck Armour

2.5" (229 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

9" (229 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

Barbette Armour

8" - 9" (203 - 229)

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Dreyer Mk 111

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

BL 13.5" Mk V

No. Primary Turrets

4

Guns (No.barrels)

8

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

1250

Primary Broadside Weight

10000

Secondary Gun Calibre

BL 4" Mk VII guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

16

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Dec 1914 fitted with QF 6 pdr Hotchkiss gun(QF 3" 20 cwt AA gun installed December 1916)

Elevation (degrees)

20

Gunnery Range (yards)

23820

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Turrets hydraulically powered. Most secondary 4" turrets in superstructure casemates.

Torpedo Type IN

No. tubes

Torpedo Type MM

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources