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VANGUARD

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

St. Vincent

Grouping

4th Battle Squadron, 4th Division

Command

Builder's Yard

Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-on-Furness

Budget Year

1907-1908 Naval Estimates

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

06.02.1908

Launch Date

22.02.1909

Completed date

Commission date

01.03.2010

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

St Vincent class expanded to include Vanguard after the Hague Conference could not reach an understanding.

Eventual Fate

Suffered a fatal cordite explosion while at anchor in Scapa Flow on July 9th 1917 with 843 deaths. Three men survived the explosion - an officer and two ratings - but the officer eventually died. The Imperial Japanese Navy observer, Captain Kyosuke Eto, was one of the fatalities.

Jutland result

Fired 42 rounds of main batteries at the Wiesbaden from 18.32 onwards. She claimed two or more hits. Between 19:20 and 19:30 engaged several German destroyer Flotillas with no results. In total she fired 65 HE and 15 CPC plus a further 10 4" secondary battery shells during the battle.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain James D. Dick

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

823 (Wiki 753 in 1910)

Officers

Ratings

Killed

Wounded

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

19,700

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

536

Length (mtrs)

Beam (ft)

84

Beam (mtrs)

Draught (ft)

27 to 31'

Draught (mtrs)

Max. Speed (knots)

21

Range (miles)

7,900 at 10 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

2 paired sets of Parsons steam turbine engines heating 18 Babcock and Wilcox boilers driving 4 shafts. Rated at 24,500 shp.

Armour Main Belt

8" to 10" (203 - 254 mm)

Deck Armour

0.75" - 3" (19- 76 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

11" (279 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

8" - 11" (203 - 279 mm)

Barbette Armour

11 to 5"

Weight of armour

5592

Armour / Displacement Ratio

.28385786802030455

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Dreyer Mk 1

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

BL 12" Mk XI guns

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

BL 4" Mk VII guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

20

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

18"

No. tubes

3

Torpedo Type MM

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

one on each broadside, 3rd in the stern.

References & sources