HMS Cressy

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  HMS Cressy was ordered as part of the 1897/98 naval programme and were similar to the Diadem cruiser except it was more heavily armoured. Built at Fairfield at Govan on the Clyde and laid down on the 12th |October 1898, launched 4th December 1899 and completed 28th May 1901. On completion HMS Cressy went to the China station. and In 1906-1907 Cressy went to the North American and West Indies station as Boy  training ship. In August 1909 joined the 3rd Fleet at the Nore  until April 1910 when she went to Chatham and into reserve. In January 1911 joined the 4th Division of the home fleet. and In August 1914 joined Cruiser Force C. Torpedoed and sunk by U -9 on 22nd September 1914 while picking up survivors of HMS Aboukir. 560 lives was lost out of 760.

HMS Cressy . Sister ships were HMS Aboukir, HMS Bacchante, HMS Euryalus, HMS Hogue and HMS Sutlej.

Displacement of 12,000 tons.   Armament: two 9.2 ins guns (bow & stern), twelve 6ins quick-firers in a central battery and many more small quick-firers and machine guns.    Speed: 21 knots.  Compliment: 760

HMS Cressy. The Cressy was a prototype of a class of six heavily armoured cruisers which when finished would be among the most powerful ships of their class. 

The Cressy is pictured leaving Portsmouth Harbour c.1900. She was the first of the Cressy Class to be built.

HMS Cressy rehearsing for the naval review review in 1907.

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HMS Cressy : Small Arm Party going Ashore.

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HMS Cressy pictured around.1904. She was sunk by U9 on 22nd September 1914. 

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HMS Cressy. 

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HMS Cressy.

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