A Light Cruiser is a small, fast, sea-going vessel with some small degree of armour protection. It was a maturation of what had formerly been regarded, as their name implies, as budget-friendly compromises: the Second Class and Third Class Cruisers.
In Admiralty Weekly Order 49 of 31 January, 1913, it was announced that henceforth all vessels hitherto designated as Scouts, Protected Cruisers Second and Third Class, and Unarmoured Cruiser, would be designated as "Light Cruisers."
- List of light cruisers, or, more loosely, small cruisers
- List of light cruiser classes, or, more loosely, small cruiser classes
- Armoured Cruiser
- Second Class Cruiser
- Third Class Cruiser
- The National Archives. ADM 1/8327. my thanks to Dr. John Brooks for a copy of this document.