CNS Coquimbo (BC-1937)

 

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Coquimbo was designed to catch the Argentinian cruisers in the act of interfering with Chilean shipping going through the Straits of Magellan. The area of Tierra del Fuego had long been disputed with the boundaries being changed reguarly and both sides wanting the other out entirely. The Straits of Magellan by world charter are a 'free' passage owned by none and available to all, unless Chile or Argentina do not like you at which stage there are problems.

The Coquimbo was built in Britain but the Chileans supplied half the armament by rebuilding the Atacama and sacrificing two of its turrets for the new ship. The other pair came from the Brazilian battlecruiser undergoing a rebuild at the same time. The ships design was the basic British design that would be used for superstructure for the next 15 years, while the hull was an improved Lion class battlecruiser type sized for an armament of 8 x 12". A powerfull secondary armament with plenty of AA weapons rounded out a very useful ship.

 

(Wait till the Coquimbo helps to spark off WW2 by sinking the Argentinian cruiser Belgrano)

 

Displacement 27,500 tons std, 34,100 tons full load
Length 680 ft
Breadth 91 ft
Draught 28 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 125,000shp
Speed 33 knots
Range 6500 miles at 12 knots
Armour 11" side, 5" deck, 7" turrets
Armament 8 x 12" (4x2)

20 x 4.5" (10x2)

16 x 2pd (4x4)

12 x 20mm (6x2)

Aircraft 4
Torpedoes nil
Complement 920
Notes CNS Coquimbo (02/1937)

 

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