Spanish cruiser Gravina

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An unidentified Velasco-class (here called "Infanta Isabel-class") cruiser in U.S. waters during the 1880s or 1890s, showing the appearance of Gravina
Career Armada Española Ensign
Name: Gravina
Namesake: Federico Carlos Gravina y Nápoli
Builder: Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Launched: 1881
Fate: Foundered 10 July 1884
General characteristics
Class and type: Velasco-class
Type: unprotected cruiser
Displacement: 1,152 tons
Length: 210 ft 0 in (64.01 m)
Beam: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m) maximum
Installed power: 1,500 ihp
Propulsion: 1-shaft, horizontal compound, 4-cylinder boilers
Sail plan: barque-rigged
Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 173 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 6 in (152 mm) guns
2 × 3 in (76.2 mm) guns
2 x machine guns
2 × 14 inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes
Armor: none
Notes: 200 to 220 tons of coal (normal)

Gravina was a Velasco-class unprotected cruiser of the Spanish Navy.

Technical Characteristics

Gravina was built by the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. at Leamouth, London in the United Kingdom. Her keel was laid in 1881. She had one rather tall funnel. She had an iron hull and was rigged as a barque. She and the lead ship of the class, Velasco, also built in the United Kingdom, were differently armed from and slightly faster than the final six ships of the class, all of which were built in Spain.

Operational history

Not long after her completion, Gravina was based in the Philippines. She had a short life, sinking in a typhoon on 10 July 1884.


  • Chesneau, Roger, and Eugene M. Kolesnik, Eds. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. New York, New York: Mayflower Books Inc., 1979. ISBN 0831703024.
  • Nofi, Albert A. The Spanish-American War, 1898. Conshohocken, Pennsylvania:Combined Books, Inc., 1996. ISBN 0938289578.

External links

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