Powerful Class (1897) CC

The two ships of the Powerful Class were 1st Class Protected Cruisers. Part of the 1893 construction programme.

They were designed to combat to Russia's Rurik and Rossiya, with a long range and speed of 22kts. One hundred feet longer than contemporary battleships they were one of the worlds largest warships and cost twice as much as the Edgar Class (1893).

Although successful, the two Russian ships turned out to be slow, poorly protected and with badly arranged armament. This meant the Powerful's were considered expensive white elephants.

They were taken of the active list before 1914.


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This page last edited - 01 February, 2013.

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