Arrogant Class Cruiser (1896)

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The four second-class protected cruisers of the Arrogant class were completed between 1898 and 1900.

Overview of 4 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Arrogant Devonport Royal Dockyard 1895 26 May, 1896 1898 Sold 13 Nov, 1923
Furious Devonport Royal Dockyard 10 Jun, 1895 3 Dec, 1896 1 Jul, 1898 Sold May, 1923
Gladiator Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Jan, 1896 18 Dec, 1896 Apr, 1899 Collision 25 Apr, 1908
Vindictive Chatham Royal Dockyard 27 Jan, 1896 9 Dec, 1897 4 Jul, 1900 Blockship 10 May, 1918

Design & Construction

The Arrogants were designed at the instigation of First Sea Lord Sir Frederick Richards as 'Fleet Rams'.




  • four 6-in Q.F. guns on P. II U.D. mountings
  • six 4.7-in guns
  • eight 12-pdr Q.F. guns
  • three 3-pdr Q.F. guns

In 1903-04, the 4.7-in guns were replaced by six additional 6-in guns.[Citation needed]

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 tubes on broadside forward, depressed three degrees and bearing abeam; axis of tube was 6 foot 3 inches below load water line and 1 feet 4 inches above the deck.[2]

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.


Arrogant Class Second Class Protected Cruiser
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