HMS Cressy (1899)

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HMS Cressy
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Cressy-class armoured cruiser
Name: HMS Cressy
Namesake: Battle of Cressy
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan
Laid down: October 1898
Launched: 4 December 1899
Fate: Sunk by U-9 on 22 September 1914
General characteristics
Displacement: 12,000 tons
Length: 472 ft (144 m)
Beam: 69.5 ft (21.2 m)
Propulsion: triple expansion engines
twin screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)

2 × BL 9.2-inch (233.7 mm) Mk X guns
12 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk VII guns

13 × 12 pdr guns
Armour: Belt 6 inch Deck 3 inch

HMS Cressy was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser in the Royal Navy. Cressy was sunk by the German U-boat U-9 in September 1914.

Service history

Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Aboukir and her sister ships Bacchante, Euryalus, Hogue and Cressy were assigned to the 7th Cruiser Squadron, patrolling the Broad Fourteens of the North Sea, in support of a force of destroyers and submarines based at Harwich which blocked the Eastern end of the English Channel from German warships attempting to attack the supply route between England and France.


Cressy was sunk during the Action of 22 September 1914. At 7.20 am, less than an hour after the action commenced, Cressy was sunk by two torpedoes from the German U-boat U-9 while attempting to rescue survivors from her sister ships Aboukir and Hogue. She sank less than half an hour later, at 7.55 am.


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See also

fr:HMS Cressy (1899) pl:HMS Cressy (1901)