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Sister ships: ANTRIM, CARNARVON, DEVONSHIRE, HAMPSHIRE, ROXBURGH
Notes: The six armored cruisers of the DEVONSHIRE class were provided under the 1901-1902 Programme in an attempt to improve upon the preceding MONMOUTH class without an excessive increase in size. While the overall armament was of the same layout, the DEVONSHIRE class had 7.5" guns in the twin turrets fore and aft; along with improved armor, they were 1,000 tons heavier and a knot slower than the MONMOUTH class, but this was deemed acceptable. The ships of the class had different boiler arrangements, in order to give the Royal Navy "test beds" for different boiler layouts. And while they exceeded design speed on tests, in the long term, the DEVONSHIRE class did not prove to be good steamers.
ARGYLL joined the Channel Fleet on completion; in 1914, she was transferred to the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. ARGYLL was wrecked on 28 October 1915 on rocks off the east coast of Scotland.