HMS Illustrious

Type1st Class pre-Dreadnought Battleship
Builtat Chatham, 1896
Speed16.5 knots
Armament12 x 6 inch Guns, 16 x 12 pdr Guns, 12 x 3 pdr Guns, 5 Torpedo Tubes
FateShe was sold in 1920.
NotesIllustrious had round barbettes rather than the normal pear-shaped ones. She helped introcduce the much lighter and effective cordite as propellant. This replacement of Gunpowder allowed the ship to carry up to 50% more ammunition supply. She spent World War I as a guardship. In 1915, her 12inch guns were removed and added to the Lord Clive class of monitors.

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