Armoured cruiser HMS Antrim

The Armoured cruiser HMS Antrim belonged to five other ships of the Devonshire class and was mainly used in coastal defense by the Royal Navy.


Launching and design:

The Devonshire-class ships were built on the experience of the Monmouth class. However, since this class was too weakly armed, the Devonshire-class ships should carry larger guns and also strengthen the middle artillery. In addition, the side armor was reinforced and moved a little further down.

With the exception of an additional chimney, now four and not three, the Devonshire-class ships hardly differed externally from those in the Monmouth class.

In order to test some new propulsion systems, different systems with a mixture of cylindrical boilers and water tube boilers were installed in all six ships. However, this meant that on the one hand the coal consumption was significantly higher than the value of other ships, on the other hand, the results were unsatisfactory. Other ships that were built at the same time later showed significantly better values ​​in the speed and wear of the drive system.

The launch of the HMS Antrim took place on October 8, 1903, the commissioning on June 23, 1905.



HMS Antrim


HMS Antrim


Side tower of HMS Antrim




History of HMS Antrim:

After the commissioning of the ship was first assigned to the 1st Cruiser Squadron, in March 1907 then the 2nd Cruiser Squadron.

From September 8, 1908 until the year 1909, the Antrim was involved in the tour of British stations in Africa and South America. Among others Cape Verde, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and finally Rio de Janeiro were called. After the trip, it was assigned to the 3rd Cruiser Squadron of Home Fleet in Gibraltar.




Use in the war:

With the outbreak of the First World War, the HMS Antrim was used to secure the British East Coast.

In December 1914, the ship was involved in the search for German warships, which shelled British coastal cities. However, the search was canceled inconclusively.

After the fall of HMS Hampshire in June 1916, the Antrim was sent to the White Sea to take over the security there. At the end of the year, it was transferred to the Pacific to secure North America and West Indies Station. This task existed until the end of the war.





After the war, the HMS Antrim was ordered back to Britain and assigned there in Nore the reserve.

After being equipped for radio-transmission testing and submarine hunting, the ship was returned to active service in March 1920 and served for two years to test new technologies and later train soldiers.

After it was finally decommissioned, it was sold on December 19, 1922 to the company Hughes Bolckow, who scrapped the ship in March 1923 in Blyth.




Ship data:


HMS Antrim


Great Britain

Ship Type:  

Armoured cruiser




John Brown, Clydebank


around £ 850,000


October 8, 1903


June 23, 1905


Sold on 19 December 1922 and scrapped in Blyth in March 1923


144,42 meters


20,89 meters


Max. 7,32 meters


Max. 10.850 tons


655 man


17 Yarrow water pipe and 6 cylindrical steam boilers

2 four-cylinder triple expansion machines


21.000 PSi

Maximum speed:  

22 kn




4 × 191 mm Mk.I guns

6 × 152 mm Mk.VII guns

6 × 102 mm Mk.V guns

2 × 12-pdr 76 mm rapid-fire guns

18 × 47-mm 3 pounder guns

2 x 45,7 cm torpedo tubes under water


Belt armor 51-152 mm

Casemates 152 mm

Deck 51 mm

Command tower 305 mm

Barbettes 127 to 152 mm






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