King Edward VII Class Battleships Class Overview

Dimensions, machinery and performance

Length:
453' 9"
Engines:
2 four cylinder triple expansion
Beam:
78'
Boilers:
varied between ships from 16 to 21 (coal fired)
Draft:
26' 9"
Shafts:
2
Displacement:
16,350 std. / 17,500 full
SHP:
18,000 (design)
Speed:
18.9 knots (design)
Crew:
777
Range:
5,200 NM @ 10 knots


Armament As Built
Number Carried
Type
Arrangement
Maximum Range / Ceiling
4
12'/40 (305mm)
Mk IX

2 twin turrets
26,500 yards @ 30° (15 miles)
with a 850 lb. armor piercing shell
4
9.2"/47 (234mm)
BL

single mounts
25,700 yards @ 30° (14.6 miles)
with a 380 lb. HE shell
10
6"/45 (152mm)
BL

single mounts
17,800 yards @ 20°
(last three in class fitted with 6"/50 QF)
12
3"/50 (76mm)
12 pounder QF 18cwt

single mounts
9,300 yards @ 20°
14
1.85"/40 (47mm)
3 pounder QF DP
single mounts
7,900 yards @ 45°
AA ceiling 3,600' (effective range)

5
18" (450mm)
torpedo tubes
all submerged
4 broadside / 1 aft
*aft tube not fitted
to all ships
800 yards @ 26.5 knots
118 lb. wet gun-cotton warhead


Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd.
Govan, Scotland

May 13, 1903
Mar. 1905
Fate
Sold for scrap Nov. 18, 1921.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Devonport Dockyard
Plymouth, England

July 23, 1903
Feb. 1905
Fate
Sunk Jan. 6, 1916 by a mine laid by SMS Moewe.

Location: North Atlantic, 10 miles NW of Dounreay, Scotland.
(58.42.22N - 03.53.34W)

Under tow at time of loss, no casualties.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd.
Barrow-in-Furness, England

Aug. 25, 1903
July 1905
Fate
Sold for scrap May 9, 1921.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
John Brown & Co.
Clydebank, Scotland

Dec. 19, 1903
July 1905
Fate
Sold for scrap May 9, 1921.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
New Zealand
(later Zealandia)
Portsmouth Dockyard
Portsmouth, England

Feb. 4, 1904
July 1905
Fate
Sold for scrap Nov. 8, 1921.

*Renamed Zealandia in 1911 to free the name New Zealand up for the battlecruiser.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Portsmouth Dockyard
Portsmouth, England

Dec. 10, 1904
Sept. 1906
Fate
Sunk Nov. 9, 1918 by UB-50 (torpedo).

Location: North Atlantic west of Cape Trafalgar, Spain.

At least 50 crewmen killed.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Chatham Dockyard
Chatham, England

May 20, 1905
Nov. 1906
Fate
Sold for scrap June 30, 1920.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Devonport Dockyard
Plymouth, England

June 17, 1905
Jan. 1907
Fate
Sold for scrap Nov. 8, 1921.


Page revised Feb. 23, 2007