Sunday, 9 July 2017

Spanish protected cruiser Rio de la Plata executing trials according to the Dutch magazine dated Marineblad 1899-1900 no. 5

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht reporting that the by Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, Le Havre, France built cruiser Rio de la Plata  left for the roads for executing the official trials with natural draught. She was steel built with an armoured deck and a wood-built coppered outer hull. Displacement 1775 tons. Machinery consisted of 2 triple expansion steam engines with tube boilers of Normand Sigaudy delivering 7.100 hp and with the 2 screws allowing a medium speed at natural draft with disconnected ventilators 18 miles, which was 1,5 mile above the contracted speed. Armament consisted of 2-14cm guns, 4-10cm guns, 4-5,7cm guns, 6 machineguns and 2 landing guns.(1)

1. Laid down in 1896, launched on 17 September 1898, completed in 1900, around the First World War converted into a minelayer, seaplane tender at Barcelona, Spain since 1921 and discarded in 1931, financed with gits by native Spanish of Argentina and Uruguay. In 1925 still called a cruiser 3rd class, national number 19, international call sign GSFW and national call sign EBK.