Highflyer Class Cruiser (1898)

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The three cruisers of the Highflyer class were completed in 1899 and 1900.

Overview of 3 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Hermes Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company 30 Apr, 1897 7 Apr, 1898 5 Oct, 1899 Torpedoed 31 Oct, 1914
Highflyer Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company 7 Jun, 1897 4 Jun, 1898 7 Dec, 1899 Sold Jun, 1921
Hyacinth London & Glasgow 27 Jan, 1897 27 Oct, 1898 3 Sep, 1900 Sold Nov, 1923


  • eleven 6-in Q.F. guns on P. II U.D. mountings
  • nine 12-pdr on 12 c.w.t. mountings
  • six 3-pdr Q.F. guns

In early 1905, it was approved that the 6-in guns should be equipped with "A" class cross connected sights.[1]


  • two submerged 18-in torpedo tubes arranged on the broadside forward, depressed 3 degrees and bearing abeam; axis of tube was 6 foot below load water line and 1 foot above deck.[2]

Fire Control Instruments

In 1913, each ship was to receive two Officer of Quarters Range-Keeping Instruments.

See Also


  1. Principal Questions Dealt with by the Director of Naval Ordnance, 1905. pp. 489-91.
  2. Torpedo Manual, Vol. III, 1909. p. 265.


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