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HMS Agamemnon


Pre-Dreadnought Battleship


United Kingdom | 1908



"HMS Agamemnon was the last of the British predreadnought battleship types to be constructed and saw service in World War 1."



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HMS Agamemnon was the prize of the British Royal Navy and the last of her pre-dreadnought battleships produced. Because she was of a "bridge" design between the ironclad vessels of old and dreadnought ships to come, her design and her fate were already established before she was ever launched. Coming along just after the turn of the century, she survived long enough to see action in World War 1 (1914-1918) but very little beyond that. HMS Agamemnon was of a dying breed of ship, though a capable design she was, perhaps appearing two decades too late.

Her profile was dominated by a center superstructure, twin masts and twin funnels. Her battery of four 12" main guns was housed in two armored turrets - one fore and one aft, two guns to a turret. This was augmented by 10 x 9.2" guns positioned in turrets around the superstructure. Her other armament consisted of 24 x 12-pounder cannons and an additional 2 x 3-pounder types centering around a quick-fire action. To compliment this armament, 5 x torpedo tubes of 460mm were provided with 23 torpedoes to spare. Crew complement totaled over 800 personnel and power was derived from her vertical triple expansion 4-cylinder engines powered by no less than 15 x boilers. This turned twin screws at 16,750 horsepower and offered speeds close to 19 knots.

Once launched, the vessel undertook some basic operations before being called up to active service in the First World War as part of the Channel Fleet in February of 1915, serving alongside HMS Lord Nelson - her sister ship. Her main guns were brought to bear on inland Ottoman targets in the same month and provided cover fire for amphibious operations soon after including the infamous Gallipoli landings in April. During this time, HMS Agamemnon survive several direct howitzer ships but none were critical to underlying systems and her crew losses were manageable. The Agamemnon survived the war and had Ottoman representatives present on her decks to sign the Armistice. Beyond that, the class had reached its pinnacle and HMS Agamemnon was relegated to the role of a target ship in the middle 1920's. Surviving that affair, she was broken down and sold for scrapping in 1927.

The Agamemnon was ordered in 1904 and laid down in 1905 by William Beardmore and Company, launched a year later.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for HMS Agamemnon.
Vertical Triple Expansion 4-cylinder engines with 15 x boilers powering 2 x screws at 16,750 horsepower.
Propulsion
18.0 kts
20.7 mph
Surface Speed
9,179 nm
10,563 miles | 17,000 km
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of HMS Agamemnon.
810
Personnel
Complement
443.6 ft
135.21 meters
O/A Length
79.6 ft
24.26 meters
Beam
26.9 ft
8.20 meters
Draught
16,090
tons
Displacement
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of HMS Agamemnon.
4 x 12" main guns
10 x 9.2" guns
24 x 12-pdr cannons
2 x 3-pdr quick fire cannons
5 x 460mm torpedo tubes (23 torpedoes)
Ships-in-Class (2)
Notable series variants as part of the HMS Agamemnon family line as relating to the Lord Nelson-class group.
HMS Lord Nelson; HMS Agamemnon
Operators
Global operator(s) of the HMS Agamemnon. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of the United Kingdom

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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
OFFSHORE BOMBARDMENT
LAND-ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
AIRSPACE DENIAL
FLEET SUPPORT
FLAG / CAPITAL SHIP
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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