Archer Class (1888) CC

The eight ships of the Archer Class were designed as torpedo cruisers and developed from the Scout Class (1887). They were part of the 1884 construction programme.

Too slow for their intended role they were re-rated as 3rd class cruisers soon after completion.

They had limited deck armour protection, and were sheathed and coppered for tropical service.

Although they had better sea keeping properties than the Scout Class, they still rolled badly and were wet in heavy weather. However their machinery was reliable and they saw extensive service.


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This page last edited - 18 April, 2013.

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