H.M.S. Cordelia (1914)

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H.M.S. Cordelia (1914)
Pendant Number: 78 (1914)
50 (Jan 1918)
69 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Pembroke Royal Dockyard[2]
Laid down: 21 Jul, 1913[3]
Launched: 23 Feb, 1914[4]
Commissioned: Jan, 1915[5]
Sold: 31 Jul, 1923[6]
Fate: to Cashmore[7]

Light cruiser H.M.S. Cordelia was one of six in the Caroline class, and fought at the Battle of Jutland as part of the First Light Cruiser Squadron.

Service

Cordelia's keel was laid down on 21 July, 1913, at Pembroke Royal Dockyard by Mrs. Grant, wife of the Captain Superintendent. She was launched on 23 February, 1914, by the Honourable Venetia Stanley, daughter of Lord Sheffield. Construction had been hurried by overtime so that work could begin on another light cruiser, Carysfort, as quickly as possible.[8]

At the Battle of Jutland, she was part of the First Light Cruiser Squadron, screening the battlecruisers under the command of Captain Tufton P. H. Beamish.[9]

She recommissioned on 26 January, 1920 under Captain Norton Sulivan.[10]

Paid off on 1 December, 1922.[11]

Alterations

Cordelia was fitted with a director in January, 1918. This alteration required her pole mast to be replaced with a tripod mast for greater rigidity.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 56.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 56.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 47.
  8. "New Light Cruiser" (News). The Times. Monday, 23 February, 1914. Issue 40454, col A, p. 4.
  9. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 33, 46.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 751.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 742.
  12. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 23. pp. 11-12.
  13. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  14. Beamish Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 51.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393g.
  16. Beamish Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 51
  17. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  18. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 764.
  19. The Navy List. (May, 1919). p. 764.
  20. Howard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/292. f. 328.
  21. Howard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/292. f. 328.

Bibliography

  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.
  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Admiralty, Gunnery Branch (1918). Handbook of Captain F. C. Dreyer's Fire Control Tables, 1918. C.B. 1456. Copy No. 10 at Admiralty Library, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
  • Admiralty, Technical History Section (1919). The Technical History and Index: Fire Control in H.M. Ships. Vol. 3, Part 23. C.B. 1515 (23) now O.U. 6171/14. At The National Archives. ADM 275/19.


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