Spanish cruiser Infanta Isabel

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

Infanta Isabel in New York, May 1893
Name: Infanta Isabel
Namesake: Isabella, Princess of Asturias
Builder: Naval shipyard Cadiz
Laid down: 1883
Launched: 26 June 1885
Completed: 1888 or 1889
Fate: Stricken 1927
General characteristics
Class and type: Velasco-class 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 (1,100 kW)
Propulsion: 1-shaft, horizontal compound, 4-cylinder boilers
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
  • As built: 173 officers and enlisted
  • By 1921: 194 officers and enlisted
Notes: 200 to 220 tons of coal (normal)

Technical characteristics

Infanta Isabel was built at the naval shipyard at Cadiz. Her keel was laid in 1883 and the ship was launched on 26 June 1885. The vessel was completed in 1888 or 1889. She had one rather tall funnel. Infanta Isabel had an iron hull and was rigged as a barque.

Visit to the United States

In May 1893 Infanta Eulalia visited the United States; she traveled first to Puerto Rico,[1] then to Havana, Cuba,[2], arriving in New York on 18 May on the Infanta Isabel,[3] before making her way to Washington, D.C., where she was received by President Grover Cleveland at the White House.[4] The Infanta Isabel stayed on in New York as a part of the Grand Naval Review there.[5]

Infanta Isabel was rebuilt in 1911, and by 1921 her armament had become one 66 mm (2.6 in) and ten 57 mm (2.2 in) guns and her complement had risen to 194. She was stricken in 1927, by far the longest-lived ship of her class.


  1. "Cartas a Isabel II, 1893: Mi viaje a Cuba y Estados Unidos" by Eulalia de Borbón, Infanta de España, pgs. 30–33.
  2. "Court Circular", The Times ( 10 May 1893): 5.
  3. "Eulalia is here" (Friday Evening). 19 May 1893. p. 1. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018. Eulalia is here. Spanish Infanta arrives in New York
  4. The Times ( 22 May 1893): 7.
  5. Foster, Al (30 April 1893). "Grand Naval Review". The Sun (New York, New York). p. 9. Archived from the original (Advert) on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018. Grand Naval Review on Monday, May 1 Steamer Al Foster...
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