Monday, 17 April 2017

British Hawkins-class cruisers modernized according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 no. 7


An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated August 1937 reporting that the British Hawkins-class cruisers were to be modernized that same year. The 19cm guns were to be replaced by 15,2cm/5.98” guns, the maximum speed was to be increased with one mile to 31 miles and the two funnels were to be replaced by one thick funnel. The fuel bunker capacity was to be increased to 2.600 tons. Behind the funnel were hangars for the planes planned.(1)

1. Hawkins-class heavy cruisers designed in 1915, consisting of the Hawkins, Raleigh, Frobisher, Effingham and Cavendish (completed as the aircraft carrier Vindictive), succeeded by the County-class. Designed with 7x1-19,1cm/7.5” Mark VI guns. The Effingham was rebuilt as a light cruiser, the Hawkins and Frobisher not due to the circumstances in that period.