Minotaur Class (1908) CC

The three ships of the Minotaur Class (1908) were large Armoured Cruisers. Part of the 1904 construction programme. Intended for Fleet duty.

The maim armament comprised 4 x 9.2in guns mounted in twin turrets, fore and aft mounted on the centre line without wing turrets. This gave them the same weight of broadside with four guns as the Warrior Class (1906) with six guns.

Before WW1 HMS Defence and Minotaur went to the China Station to match the presence of the similar German Armoured Cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Who were with the German Asiatic Squadron.

All served with the Grand Fleet and took part in the Battle of Jutland 31-May-1916. With HMS Defence being sunk during the action.

HMS Shannon had a modified hull 1ft wider than her sister ships.


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This page last edited - 15 December, 2012.

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