HMS Lancaster of the Monmouth class


Built for overseas service, this class of ten armoured cruisers was laid down between 1901 and 1903. They carry a relatively weak armament of 6" guns in their main battery and have a rather poor armour protection, making them fit to serve in second line exclusively. A weak spot are the guns mounted in a swallows nest position close to the waterline, rendering them inpoerational in heavy weather. Most ships were already assigned to the reserve fleet in 1914, but were reactivated as every ship was needed to clear the oceans from German raiders. In fulfilment of this duty, HMS Monmouth perished off Coronel while fighting Vice Admiral Graf von Spee's cruiser squadron.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 1677

Basic damage control capacity: 71%


Displacement: 9800 tons

Length: 141 m

Width: 20 m

Draught: 7 m

Standard crew: 678


Maximum speed (undamaged): 24 knots

Endurance: 8654 km

Coal capacity: 1600 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 10

Hull armour: 2

Main belt armour: 4

Deck armour: 1.75

Best armour type: Krupp


14 x 6in BL Mk VII(L), centrally controlled. Ammo: 2100 rounds

2 x 3-pdr QF Mk I / H, locally controlled. Ammo: 400 rounds

10 x 12-pdr 18cwt QF Mk Is, locally controlled. Ammo: 2000 rounds

2 x 3-pdr QF Mk I / H, locally controlled. Ammo: 400 rounds

2 x 18" Mk VII Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 4 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Monmouth (†, sunk off Coronel by German forces on November 1, 1914)
  • Lancaster
  • Kent
  • Donegal
  • Bedford (†, wrecked in the China Sea in August 1910)
  • Essex (unavailable, away on overseas service)
  • Berwick (unavailable, away on overseas service)
  • Cornwall (unavailable, away on overseas service)
  • Cumberland (unavailable, away on overseas service)
  • Suffolk (unavailable, away on overseas service)