BAV Bolivar (CL-1906 (1934-mod))


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The US Navy had done a scout cruiser trials class during 1905-07 with differing engine types as the major trials item. The US looked to sell these ships in 1919 and as the Venezuelans were obtaining 2 of the Tennessee types, they also bought two of the Chester class at the same time, the final ship of the class going to Ecuador.

With typical high freeboard of the US cruisers of the time the ships were seriously undergunned compared to the ships of the Royal Navy and Germany. The Venezuelans sent them to America for complete rebuilds in 1932 from which the ships emerged as more anti-aircraft cruiser crossed with a destroyer. They proved so good a conversion that the Venezuelans kept them in service through to 1950 when they were replaced by US destroyers of the Fletcher and Gleaves classes.

The 1.1" were eventually replaced with twin 40mm while several 20mm were added as available.


Displacement 3800 tons std 4,600 tons full load
Length 422.5 ft
Breadth 47 ft
Draught 16.5 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 37,500shp
Speed 28 knots
Range 5000 miles at 14 knots (2,000 nm at 26 knots)
Armour 1" side, 1" deck
Armament 7 x 5" (7x1)

16 x 1.1" (4x4)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Complement 400
Notes BAV Bolivar (ex Chester-1905)



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