The British HMS ''Cressy'' was the namesake of that Class of Armored Cruisers, in used by The British Royal Navy, in the late 19th Century AD -until the early 20th Century. She was deployed in 1899 as was assigned to The West Indian Squadron (Caribbean). She saw no combat service until the beginning of World War I. ''Cressy'' fought at The Battle of Heligoland Bight (North Sea, 1914). Used as a Patrol Ship, ''Cressy'' would be torpedoed in September of 1914 by a German U-Boat. Over 500 of her 760 Crew were lost in the action (including ''Cressy'').
HMS ''Cressy'' displaced 12,000-tons and was 472-feet long. Her Beam (height) was 70-feet. Power was provided by (30) Boilers (Triple Expansion Steam Turbines), and ''Cressy'' could achieve the then impressive speed of 24-mph. As an Armored Cruiser, ''Cressy'' supported between 1 and 13-inches of plating throughout. She crewed over 700 Officers and Men. Armament included (2) 9-inch Main Guns, (12) 6-inch Guns, (12) 12-Pounder Guns and (3) Hotchkiss Machine Guns. She also supported (2) 18-inch Torpedoes.