fighting ships of the world



RENOWN 2nd class battleship (1897)

Renown 1897



Yard No


Laid down




Renown 230 Pembroke DYd // Devonport DYd 2/1893 8/5/1895 1/1897 TS 10/1909, sold for BU 4/1914


Displacement normal, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

115.8 pp 124.4 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



2 3-cyl VTE, 8 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

natural draught: 10000

forced draught: 12000

Max speed, kts

natural draught: 17.5

forced draught: 18

Fuel, t

coal 1800

Endurance, nm(kts)


Armour, mm

Harvey nickel steel; belt: 203 - 152, bulkheads: 254 - 152, upper belt: 152, gun houses: 152, barbettes: 254 - 127, casemates: 152 - 102, decks: 76 - 51, CT: 229


2 x 2 - 254/32 BL Mk IV, 10 x 1 - 152/40 QF Mk I/II, 12 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 12 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 5 - 450 TT (1 bow, 4 beam)



Ship project history: Built under the 1892-1893 Estimates, Renown was an enlarged version of Centurion class with a heavier secondary armament, all Nickel steel armour and increased speed and endurance. She was almost 2000t heavier than the earlier ships, the length and beam being increased to maintain shallow draught. The use of NS allowed for some thinning of the main belt and barbettes, without any loss of protective value in comparison with compound plates. Protection was also improved by increasing the thickness of the upper belt, which substantially added to the effectiveness of the side armour, and by sloping the outer edge of the protective deck over the citadel to meet the lower edge of the belt. This latter arrangement served to deflect shells which penetrated the belt and reduced the area likely to be flooded by waterline hits.

    Renown proved to be an excellent steamer, manoeuvring well and being a good seaboat with an easy roll. On trials she made 17.9kts under natural draught with 10708hp and 19.7kts under forced draught with 12901hp. Ship was transferred to Devonport DYd in 1896 for final fitting out.

Ship protection: The main belt was 64.1m long, 203mm thick amidships and 152mm at the ends, and closed by 254mm fwd and 229mm aft bulkheads. The upper belt was closed by 152mm bulkheads. The deck over the main belt was 51mm on the flat and 76mm on the slope, the deck fore and aft of the belt being 51mm and 76mm also. The barbettes were 254mm above the upper belt and 127mm behind it. All 152mm guns were fitted in casemates, six on main deck with 102mm armour.

Modernizations: 1902: - 6 x 1 - 152/40 on main deck

(1904-1905): - 4 x 1 - 152/40

Naval service: Renown was in reserve in 1902-1904 and 1906-1907. In April-October 1905 she served as Royal Yacht to carry the Prince and Princess of Wales to India. She became a tender to HMS Victory in October 1909 and served as stokers` TS at Portsmouth till January 1913. Ship was sold for BU 2/4/1914.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

Renown 1905

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