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HMS Erin HMS Erin.  The extra beam of the class compared with Royal Navy equivalents meant that she could not fit into Royal docks and had to use a private yard for docking.  Accommodation was considered cramped by British standards and internal construction considered lighter but still adequate.

HMS Erin
Built Vickers, laid down December 1911, completed August 1914, cost estimated 2,500,000.

Length 553 feet waterline 559 feet 9 inches overall, beam 91 feet 7 inches, draught 28 feet 5 inches (load), displacement  22,780 tons load 25,250 tons deep.

4 shaft Parsons turbines, 26,500 shp, 21kts.

12-4in belt, 10-3in barbettes, 11in turret faces, 3-1.5in decks 

10 x 13.5in 45cal MK VI (5 x 2), 16 x 6in (16 x 1), 6 x 6 pounder (6 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1), 4 x 21in TT

Ordered for the Ottoman Empire as Reshad V, then renamed as Reshadieh this ship was essentially a shorter broader Orion class.  The secondary armament was the heavier 6 inch gun, and the main armament a modified Vickers 'special' but with similar performance to the British 13.5 inch guns.  Armour was generally comparable to the British ships.  The completed ship was expropriated (seized) by the Royal Navy in August 1914 and renamed Erin on the orders of the first Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill even though the Ottoman crews had arrived to take the ship.  Crew 976.

World War 1 Service:
22 August 1914 taken over by British.
September 1914 4th Battle Squadron Grand Fleet
October 1914 transferred to 2nd Battle Squadron.
Present at the Battle of Jutland 1916.
December 1922 sold for scrap.

Erin although similar in layout to British super Dreadnoughts could be distinguished by the distinctive round funnels, the reverse tripod and the central "Q" turret being mounted one deck higher. HMS Erin

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