Eclipse Class Cruiser (1894)

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The nine Second-Class Cruisers of the Eclipse Class (sometimes referred to as the Talbot class) were completed for the Royal Navy between 1896 and 1898.


In September 1914, the ships were allowed four additional pairs of Pattern 343 Service Binoculars.[1]



Originally, there were three tubes:[2][3]

  • two submerged tubes with three torpedoes each and one (shared between them) for exercise, depressed 3 degrees and bearing abeam; axis of tube was 6 feet below load water line and 10 inches above the deck.
  • one stern tube with two torpedoes and one for exercise

All torpedoes would be stored at the submerged tubes except a single one stored at the stern tube.

In Talbot's trials, she was able to fire from submerged tubes with no deflection while running full speed. Her stern tube appears to have been above-water by design but was firing reliably even when full of water at speed, unlike the Apollo class which found this problematic the same year.[4]

By 1909, the stern tube had been removed.[5]

See Also


  1. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 331 of 8 Sep, 1914.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1894. pp. 72-73.
  3. Torpedo Manual, Vol. III, 1909. p. 265.
  4. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1896. pp. 36, 37, 41.
  5. Torpedo Manual, Vol. III, 1909. p. 265.


  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.

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