Colossus Class (1911) BB

The two ships of the Colossus Class (1911) were virtual repeats of the Neptune Class (1911)

The main differences were a modified arrangement for the secondary armament, some changes to the armoured protection, and the fitting of only one mast behind the fore funnel. The reason for having the mast behind the funnel seems strange as this arrangement had already been found to be unsatisfactory in HMS Dreadnought (1906).

They were the first ships to be fitted with 21in torpedo tubes, which could carry a very powerful warhead. By this time torpedoes had been considerably developed and could be used out to 6,000-7,000 yards, with speeds up to 45kt, for shorter ranges..


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This page last edited - 22 January, 2013.

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