Rainha Dona Amélia (1899)

1901 drawing of Rainha Dona Amélia. Author unknown, original believed to be in the public domain.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1897
Launched
1899
Commissioned
1901
AD/BC
AD
History

Rainha Dona Amélia was a Portuguese protected cruiser, laid down in 1897. Commissioned 23 May, 1901, Amélia was armed with two 150mm/45 model 1892 guns mounted in each broadside, with a 100mm/45 model 1891 gun mounted in the bow and stern. Two each 47mm and 37mm Hotchkiss guns, and a pair of 356mm torpedo tubes rounded out the armament. Top speed was 20 knots, good for when she was launched, but it would soon be eclipsed by newer ships. After participating in the 1910 coup d'etat to overthrow the monarchy, Amélia was renamed República. This appears to be the only upgrade she ever received, and she was lost after running aground 6 August, 1915.