Apollo Class Cruiser (1890)

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The twenty one Second-Class Cruisers of the Apollo Class were quite old during World War I.


Main Battery

Secondary Battery

Other Weapons

Prior to reductions in such provisions enacted in mid-1903, the ships had been allowed 84 cutlasses.[1]


Æolus in 1895 fired a Mark VIII R.L. torpedo from her stern A.W. torpedo tube while steaming 17.5 knots. The torpedo was lost because the tube was submerged at time of firing and this was found to collapse the torpedoes' buoyancy chamber with some regularity. Astræa had also lost a torpedo. It was found that these ships would generally have this issue at speeds above 12 knots. Fox, Iphigenia and Intrepid. It was considered that ships not yet complete should have their designs altered, but tests in Eclipse showed better firing from the tube while submerged.[2]

See Also


  1. Principal Questions Dealt with by the Director of Naval Ordnance, 1904. pp. 249-253.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1896. pp. 36-7.


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

Apollo Class Second Class Protected Cruiser
Æolus Andromache Apollo Brilliant Indefatigable
Intrepid Iphigenia Latona Melampus Naiad
Pique Rainbow Retribution Sappho Scylla
  Sirius Spartan Sybille  
  Terpsichore Thetis Tribune  
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