Friday, 19 May 2017

British light cruiser HMS Desperate 1918



Building ordered in March 1918 under the War Emergency Programme. Was to be built by R.&W. Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Hebburn on Tyne, England 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.