1930s - HMS Queen Elizabeth alongside in Gibraltar

HMS Queen Elizabeth alongside in Gibraltar
Chrono date: 
1930 Jan 01

HMS Queen Elizabeth (pennant number 00) was the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of dreadnought battleships, named in honour of Elizabeth I of England. She saw service in both World Wars. A Super-Dreadnought class of battleships, the HMS Queen Elizabeth vessels were the first British-built ships of their type to be powered by oil instead of immense amounts of coal.

Displacement: As built:
33,020 tons deep
Length: 640 ft 10.5 in (195.339 m) (overall)
646 ft 1 in (196.93 m) (with stern-walk fitted)
601 ft 4.5 in (183.299 m) (waterline)
Beam: 90 feet 6 inches
Draught: 30 feet 6 inches–30 feet 11.5 inches (mean)33 feet 10 inches–34 feet 2.5 inches (deep)
Propulsion: 24 × boilers at 285 psi maximum pressure
4 × direct drive turbines
4 × shafts
75,000 shp at 300 rpm
2 × oil driven 450 kW dynamos2 × turbine driven 200 Kw dynamos
1 × reciprocating engine driven 200 kW dynamo added shortly after commissioning
Speed: 24 knots (design)
Endurance: 8,600 nmi (16,000 km) at 12.5 knots (23 km/h)
3,900 nmi (7,200 km) at 21 knots (39 km/h)
Capacity: 3,300 tons of oil
100 tons of coal
Complement: 950 - 1300
Armament: As built:
8 × Mk I 15-inch/42 guns (4 x 2)
16 (Queen Elizabeth) or 14 (other ships) × single Mk XII 6-inch guns
2 × single 3-inch anti-aircraft guns
4 × single 3-pdr (47 mm) saluting guns
4 × 21-inch (530 mm) submerged torpedo tubes1915-1916 changes :
4 6-inch guns in stern removed, replaced by 2 guns on forecastle deck
1916 changes
2 6-inch guns on forecastle deck removed
From 1938 :

6-inch guns replaced by 20 x QF 4.5 inch dual purpose guns (10 x 2)

Armour: As built armour:
Belt: 13 inch tapering to 6 inch forward and 4 inch aft
Upper belt: 6 inches
Bulkheads: 6 inch and 4 inch forward; 6 in ch and 4 inch aft
15 inch Turrets: 11 inch sides; 13 inch faces; 4.25 inch top
Barbettes: 10 to 7 inches above belt; 6 to 4 inches below belt
6 inch guns: 6 inch
Conning tower: 11 inch side; 3 inch roof; 4 inch revolving hood
Conning tower tube: 6 inches to upper deck; 4 inches below
Torpedo conning tower: 6 inch
Torpedo conning tower tube: 4 inches to upper deck
As built protective plate:
Vertical:
Torpedo bulkheads: 1 inch + 1 inch
Magazine-end bulkheads: 1 inch + 1 inch (extra 1 inch layer added after Battle of Jutland)
Funnel uptakes: 1.5 inches
Horizontal:
Forecastle: 1 inch over 6 inch battery
Upperdeck 2 to 1.25 inches from A–Y barbettes
Main deck: 1.25 inches at forward and aft ends
Middle deck: 1 inch (2 inches after Battle of Jutland)
Lower deck: 3 inches at extreme ends; 2.25 inches over steering gear; 1 inch forward

 

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