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RURIK

 

Nationality:

Russia

Type: Armored cruiser
Class: only ship in class
Builder: Vickers
Completed: September, 1908
Displacement: 15,190 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

529' x 75' x 26'
Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt (main): 4" - 6"
Belt (ends): 3" - 4"
Deck (combined): 2" - 3"
Turrets: 7.25" - 8"
Secondary turrets: 6" - 7"
Battery: 3"
CT: 8"
Machinery: 2-shaft VTE, 28 Belleville boilers; 19,700ihp.  Coal:  1,920 tons (maximum)
Speed: 21 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
4 10" / 50 cal. 2x2
8 8" / 50 cal. 4x2
20 4.7" / 50 cal. 20x1
4 3-pdr. 4x1
2 18" TT submerged
Compliment: 899

 

 

Sister ships:  None

 

 

Notes:  As poorly as her namesake predecessor was regarded, the RURIK was just the opposite; "the best large ship laid down for the Russian Navy up to 1905, and one of the best armored cruisers ever built."  (Conway's FIGHTING SHIPS:  1860-1905, p. 191 -- see Bibliography)  Her 10" mountings were capable of 35 elevation, and flooding arrangements and drenching sprays in her magazines were far ahead of British practice.  RURIK was completed with a mainmast only; in 1917, a foremast was added, which was quickly converted to a tripod mast.  Two 3-pdr. AA guns were added during the war, as well as a single 40mm AA gun.

 

After her completion, RURIK underwent firing trials.  During those trials, the riveting and stiffening of the 10" barbettes and her starboard bow 8" barbette were found to be too light.  Following improvements, RURIK entered service with the Baltic Fleet in July, 1909, in time to take part in the Spithead Review.  RURIK became flagship of the First Cruiser Brigade, and served as such during the First World War.  RURIK was fitted with rails for minelaying, and could carry up to 400 mines when so employed.  RURIK was badly damaged twice during World War I; on 13 February 1915 by grounding while minelaying off Gotland, and on 19 November 1916, when she struck a mine.  She also took part in a gun duel with German cruisers off Gotland on 2 July 1915, but only suffered minor damage.

 

RURIK was laid up at the end of 1918, and sold for scrap in 1923; breaking up was not completed until some time in 1930.

 

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