A Launch Board For The First Class Battleship Dunca
A LAUNCH BOARD FOR THE FIRST CLASS BATTLESHIP DUNCAN (1901)
painted overall and inscribed Success to the “DUNCAN.”, the reverse inscribed I saw this ship launched 21st Mar 1901 E.T. Adams -- 9½ x 96¾in. (24 x 246cm.); photographs and data
Provenance: E.T. Adams (naval architect and amateur photographer); Bernard Cheese (executor of Adams’ estate); Vendor (acquired from Cheese mid 1970s)
The name ship of a class of six, Duncan was built at the Thames Iron Works and laid down in 1899. Displacing 15,200 tons (deep load), they were built in response to increased naval output from Russia and France. Sacrificing armour for speed, their two-shaft four-cylinder triple-expansion engines fired by twenty-four Belleville boilers could generate 18,000hp, giving a maximum of 19 knots, and were famously good steamers. Operating in the Mediterranean Squadron based at Malta from 1904-5 and 1908-12, they were still front line vessels in the early days of World War I (despite the advances made with Dreadnoughts) and formed part of the 3rd Battle Squadron at Scapa Flow. Transferred to the Third Detached Squadron in 1916, she fought against Greek Royalists and landed Royal Marines in Athens on December 1st. In February 1917 she was put in reserve at Chatham and used as an accommodation ship. Placed on the disposal list in March 1919, Duncan was broken up in 1920.