An unidentified Velasco-class (here called "Infanta Isabel-class") cruiser in U.S. waters during the 1880s or 1890s
|Builders:||Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. Leamouth, London, UK; Cadiz, Cartagena, and Ferrol, Spain|
|Class and type:||Velasco|
|Length:||210 ft (64 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 8 in (4.17 m) maximum|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h)|
|Complement:||173; Infanta Isabel 194 by 1921.|
|Notes:||200 to 220 tons of coal (normal)|
The Velasco class consisted of two slightly different subclasses. The first two ships, Velasco and Gravina, built by the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. at Leamouth, London in the United Kingdom, had fewer but heavier guns and were slightly faster than the next six, which were built at various yards in Spain. The class took a long time to complete, with the two British-build ships being laid down in 1881 and the last Spanish built one not being completed until 1889. The ships had one rather tall funnel, an iron hull, and barque rigging. They were unarmored.
The Velasco-class cruisers generally were assigned to colonial service. They were an ill-fated class, with two lost at sea and three more sunk during the Spanish–American War. The three survivors lasted into the early 20th century, with the last one stricken in 1927.
Ships in class
Completed in 1885, Infanta Isabel was the longest lived of the class, undergoing a reconstruction in 1911 and not being stricken until 1927.
Don Juan de Austria
Completed in 1887, Don Juan de Austria was in the Philippines at the outbreak of the Spanish–American War in April 1898 and was sunk in the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898. Salvaged, repaired and in 1900 commissioned into American Navy.
Don Antonio de Ulloa
Conde del Venadito
Completed in 1888, Conde del Venadito was stricken around 1905
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