Friday, 31 March 2017

British battleship HMS Warspite modernized according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 no. 7

Queen Elizabeth-class

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated August 1937 reporting that the British battleship HMS Warspite was rebuilt and modernized in the last three years and was decommissioned on 1 May 1937. Costs 2,27 million pond sterling which was just 0,26 million below the original building costs! Costs of replacing boilers and turbines 0,53 million and for the artillery 0,256 million. The displacement was increased from 29.000 to 35.000 ton, the 8-38cm/14.9” guns renewed 8 of the 12-15,2cm/5.98” guns were removed but the anti aircraft armament doubled and was now 8-10,2cm/4” guns. Protection against aircraft bombs and gasses extensively improved and for the planes came hangars available.(1)

1. Of the Queen Elizabeth-class. Pennant 03. Laid down at the HMD Dockyard Devonport, England on 31 October 1912, launched on 26 November 1913, commissioned on 8 March 1915, modernized in 1924 and March 1934-March 1937, decommissioned on 1 February 1945,while underway to be broken up run aground at Prussian Cove around 19 April 1947. Efforts to salvage her in 1950 were not successful and after she was finally beached off St. Michael’s Mount {Marazion, England] and there broken up.