Saturday, 10 June 2017

British battleship HMS Vanguard was the fastest of the world according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1909-1910 no. 10

St. Vincent-class

An item referred to the Journal of the Royal U.S.I. reporting that the British battleship HMS Vanguard was the fastest of the world, built within 22,5 months and the best performing turbine machinery with a fuel consumption 0.77 kilo/hp/hour for 17.600 hp and a speed of 19,5 miles. This consumption was also to be reckoned for the auxiliary machinery. With a speed of 16 miles was the fuel consumption even 0.748 kilo, a figure not earlier achieved by a battleship fitted out with turbine machinery. At the trial with 20% horsepower was without problems still a speed of 13,5 miles possible. During the trials was the draught more as the normal draught.(1)

1. Of the St. Vincent-class consisting of the St. Vincent, Vanguard and Collingwood, preceded by the Bellerophon-class and succeeded by the Neptune-class. Laid down by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness on 2 April 1908, launched on 22 February 1909, commissioned on 1 March 1910 and sunk due an internal explosion in the north part of Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles, Scotland on 9 July 1927.