ARA Nueve de Julio (1892)

Nueve de Julio, date unknown. Photograph believed to be in the public domain.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Launched
1892
Commissioned
1893
Decommissioned
1930
AD/BC
AD
History

named for the date of Argentine independence, the Nueve de Julio was a protected cruiser built by Armstrong for the Argentine Navy. Completed in 1893, Nueve de Julio was one of a series of export cruisers built by Armstrong for Italy, Chile, Japan, Brazil, and Argentina, with slight variations on each. All of the guns in Nueve de Julio's armament were quick-firing types: four 6" (152mm), eight 4.7" (120mm), and twelve 3 pounder. She also mounted five 18" (460mm) torpedo tubes. These were originally going to be 14" models, and the upgrade delayed her completion. The Chinese tried to purchase the ship in 1894, but the Argentines turned down the offer. She ran aground in 1905, suffering enough damage to ship 1,300 tons of water, but made it home for repairs. Nueve de Julio was used as a training ship from 1904, and stricken in 1930. Scrapping occurred slowly, and the remaining hull sank at the pier in 1938. It wasn't raised until 1947, at which point scrapping was completed.