HMS Essex

The Ship

Sold for Scrap 1921

In response to the number of amoured cruisers being built by Germany, France and The United States, The Royal Navy ordered the 10 cruisers of the Monmouth Class over the naval programmes of 1898, 1899 and 1900. These ships were planned to have the same speed as the Drake Class, but be smaller and cheaper to build. They also had the same armour arrangement as the Cressy Class but the armour was of a reduced thickness. These differences made these ships inadequate to fulfill their functions and were considered by many to be second rate cruisers. Although they were good steamers, due to the weight of their turrets, they pitched heavily in bad weather. All the Class served in Home waters except HMS Lancaster and HMS Monmouth which served in the Mediterranean. From 1906 all the ships were dispersed to overseas stations.

Displacement: 9800 tons, Speed: 23 knots. Compliment: 678 Armament: Fourteen 6 inch Quick firing guns, , ten 12 pdr QF guns, Three 3 pdr QF and Two 18-nch torpedo tubes submerged.

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Postally used 7 Mar 1914
Postcard series: Nelson Series


Postally used 8 Sep 1906
Postcard series: Tuck's, Oilette - Our Ironclads
Series number: 9109


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