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A ‘Fighting Cruiser’ to Hunt ‘the German Greyhounds’

Matthew S. Seligmann

in The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199574032
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574032.003.0005
A ‘Fighting Cruiser’ to Hunt ‘the German Greyhounds’

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Following the Cunard agreement, a feeling emerged in the Admiralty that countering fast German liners with even faster British ones might not be an effective policy. Liners were very vulnerable vessels. Having no armour, they could be easily damaged in a fight. Yet, were either the Lusitania or Mauretania to be lost in this way, an investment of over £1 million would be wasted. Thus, a consensus emerged that it would be preferable to build warships to hunt the German liners. In the past, cruisers had not possessed sufficient speed, endurance, reliability or sea-keeping qualities to do this, but new technologies and improved designs seemed likely to remedy such deficiencies. In particular, it appeared that a large, fast turbine-powered armoured cruiser might be the best means of hunting German liners. These vessels, built at the behest of Admiral Fisher, were ultimately called battle cruisers.

Keywords: battle cruisers; Admiral Fisher; Cunard; turbines

Chapter.  13449 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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