Queen Victoria’s Battlecruisers: the Canopus and Duncan Class Battleships

By Keith McBride, published November 1994


An account of the background to two classes of pre-dreadnoughts designed with limited draught to allow passage of the Suez canal. Influenced by two ships built for the Japanese and the more lightly armed Renown the specification of the Canopus class was established in 1895 and all five ships were complete by 1902. Although considered a successful design they were in reserve by 1914. The Duncan class which succeeded them were influenced by a faster Russian design. Six ships were built between 1899 and 1904 and served mainly in the Mediterranean but doubts about their battleworthiness led to their relegation to the reserves by 1914.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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