Friday, 9 June 2017

British cruiser HMS Bellona performed well during trials according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1909-1910 no. 10

An item referred to the magazine Schiffbau reporting that the British cruiser HMS Bellona executed her trials. During the 30 hours trial was 8 hours with 14.400hp steamed achieving a speed of 25 miles and 22 hours with 11.000 hp 23,9 miles. During the 8 hours trials was with 20.000 hp 25,9 miles achieved and one return run a medium speed of 27,8 miles against the contracted 18.000 hp and 25 miles. The Morning Post mentioned that steaming with forced draft however was not without problems. There was even too much steam developed making it possible to decrease the overpressure in the fireplaces effecting a lower steam pressure. When just using coal as fuel was not enough steam supplied while under forced draft, with mixed fuel how ever too much and became it necessary to decrease the steam development. This caused an irregular steaming.(1)

1. Boadicea scout-class cruiser, laid down at the Pembroke Royal Dockyard on 5 June 1908, launched on 20 March 1909, completed in February 1910, decommissioned in 1919 and sold to be broken up on 9 May 1921.