Friday, 3 February 2017

Russian and Spanish navies preferred hoop guns instead of wire guns according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1910-1911 no.6

Russian armoured cruiser Rurik

An item reported that the Spanish navy just like the Russian navy (for the Rurik) ordered the British firms to deliver hoop guns according to the supplied drawings.

1. Ordered via mediation of the notorious arms dealer Basil Zaharoff. Designed by naval engineers KA Tennison [Tennyson] and A.P Titov. Laid down at Vickers, Barrow in Furness, England on 9/22 August 1905. Launched on 4 November 1906, during the First World War acting as flagship of the Baltic Fleet and on several occasion damaged by mines, worn out in 1918, hulked in 1922 and sold to be broken up in 1930. The intention to built two more of this design were cancelled after the British battle cruiser HMS Tiger entered the scene.