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HMS Queen Queen Class.  Although basically repeats of the Formidable and Bulwark classes the Queen class lacked ventilation cowls, the upper deck 12 pounder guns were open rather than enclosed by bulwarks, had kidney shaped fighting tops and stockless anchors.  they were the last class that Sir William White was entirley responsible for designing and the last of the basic evolution of the Majestic class.

HMS Queen
Built Devonport Dockyard, laid down March 1901, completed March 1904, cost 1,146,669.

HMS Prince of Wales
Built Chatham Dockyard, laid down March 1901, completed March 1904, cost 1,185,744.

Size:
Length 411 feet waterline 431 feet 9 inches overall, beam 75 feet, draught 25 feet 4 inches, displacement 14,160 load 16,105 tons deep.

Propulsion:
2 shaft Triple Expansion, 15,000 ihp, 18 knots

Trials:
Queen 15,660 ihp = 18.04 knots
Prince of Wales 15,264 ihp = 18.35 knots

Armour:
9in belt, 12in barbettes, 10in gun houses, 2.5-1in decks

Armament:
4 x 12in 40 cal BL (2 x 2), 12 x 6in QF (12 x 1), 14 x 12pounder QF (14 x 1), 6 x 3pounder (6 x 1), 4 x 18in TT

Comments:
This pair of virtual copies of the formidable class were ordered to complete a tactical group of eight similar ships whilst at the same time allowing work on the next class (King Edward VII) to proceed. Crew 747.

World War 1 Service:
Queen

5th Battle Squadron Channel Fleet.
17 October 1914 attached to Dover Patrol for bombardment of Belgian coast.
March 1915 joined Dardanelles Squadron.
25 April 1915 supported Anzac landings at Gaba Tepe.
22 May 1915 transferred to Adriatic.
December 1916 February 1917 refitted as depot ship for Adriatic net patrols in the Adiratic
1920 sold for scrap.

Prince of Wales
5th Battle Squadron Channel Fleet.
25 August took part in the transportation of the Portsmouth Marine Brigade to Ostend.
29 March 1915 joined Dardanelles Squadron.
25 April 1915 supported Anzac landings at Gaba Tepe.
22 May 1915 transferred to Adriatic.
March 1917 returned to UK and placed in reserve.
1920 sold for scrap.

HMS Queen.  It had been originally intended to fit the class with water tube Belleville boilers but that had been maintenance problems with these in service and so during construction Queen was fitted with Babcock & Wilcox cylindrical boilers.  Prince of Wales was too far advanced to make the change and became the last British battleship to enter service with Belleville boilers. hms queen

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