Friday, 19 May 2017

British light cruiser HMS Daring 1918



Building ordered in March 1918 under the War Emergency Programme. Was to be built by William Beardmore and Company, Dalmuir, Scotland but the building was cancelled on 26 November 1918.

Part of the Danae-class light cruisers consisting of the completed Danae, Dragon, Dauntless, Delhi, Dunedin, Durban, Despatch and Diomede and the cancelled Daedalus, Daring, Desperate and Dryad, preceded by the C-class and succeeded by the Emerald-class. An improved C-class design including lengthening of the hull to make it possible to add an extra 15,2cm/6”gun situated between the bridge and the forefunnel.

General technical class specifications
Displacement 4.850 (standard)-5.925 (full load) tons and as dimensions 135,6 (between perpendiculars)-144,0 (over all) x 14,2 x 4,4 metres. The machinery consisted of 6 Yarrow water tube boilers and geared steam turbines to supply 40.000 shp and with the 2 shafts allowing a speed of 27 (full load)-29 knots. Range was 2.200 nautical miles. Crew numbered 450-460 (at war) men. Armament consisted of 6x1-15,2cm/6” L/45 Mark XII guns, 2-7,62cm/3” L/45 20cwt Mk I quick firing guns, 2-2pd L/36 Ml II quick firing guns and 4x3-53,3cm/21” torpedo tubes. The armament consisted of a 3,8cm/1.5”-5,7cm/2.25” (forward)-7,6cm/3” (amidships)-5,1cm/2”-5,7cm/2.25” (aft) thick main belt, a 2,5cm/1” thick upper deck above the machinery, the steering gear was above protected by the 1” thick main deck and the guns by 1” thick gun shields.