Royal Navy Cruisers

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Unknown Heavy Cruiser Chatham Dockyard, LOA 620′ A,B,X,Y double turrets. Likely HMS London (69) Modified County Class CruiserHM Heavy Cruiser Chatham Kent SWW

Town Class Light Cruiser LOA 613′ TDISP 11,500 tons (10 built, 4 sunk, 5 retired, 1 preserved)

HMS Belfast (1939 – 1963), Museum ship since 1971

HMS Belfast IWM

HMS Belfast, 1944 © IWM (A 25664)

Light Cruiser Chatham dockyard, Kent. Based on views in the Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II, this would appear to be Uganda or Ceylon Class (3 ships – 1 transferred to RCN as HMCS Uganda, later HMCS Quebec) LOA ca. 550′ Triple turrets, A,B,Y layout. These and other ships seem to indicate the date of capture is several years too early.

HMS ship A Chatham 1940

Distinctive elements towards identifying this are the squared-off stern counter, the cluttered AA positions where X gun would be, the small rounded platform immediately ahead of the bridge

HMS Uganda SWW

HMS Uganda, 1944 (later transferred to RCN as HMCS Uganda, renamed HMCS Quebec in 1952) © IWM (A 27728)

Very similar cruiser Chatham dockyard, Kent. Based on views in the Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II, this would appear to be a Minotaur class cruiser (3 ships, HMS Minotaur transferred to RCN as HMCS Ontario) LOA ca. 550′ Triple turrets, A,B,Y layout. These and other ships seem to indicate the date of capture is several years too early.

HM Cruiser Chatham Kent SWW

Distinctive elements towards identifying this are the squared-off stern counter, the smaller gun central in “X” position (on Minotaur class this was 4 inch dual gun) no hangar, single large deck crane in between both funnels, the shape of the deck house forward of Y gun, the large gun tubs on either side of the angular bridge, and the clean front face of the bridge.

HMS Ontario Belfast 1944

HMS Ontario 1944, Belfast docks [Detail of] © IWM (A 28024)

Unknown cruiser Chatham dockyard, Kent. Based on views in the 1942-43 edition of Jane’s Fighting Ships, this would appear to be a County Class Heavy Cruiser, Kent sub-class LOA ca. 640′ double turrets, A,B,X,Y layout.

HMS ship C Chatham 1940

Distinctive elements that would assist in identification are evidence of triple stacks, very distinctive step-down break just aft of Y gun.

HMS Kent SWW

HMS Kent underway near Scapa Flow © IWM (A 6165)

Unknown light cruiser in dry-dock, Chatham dockyard, Kent. This could be HMS Emerald  D-66 (1926) LOA ca. 560′HM Light Cruiser Chatham Kent SWW

C-Class Light Cruiser LOA 420′ TDISP 4,500 tons (Caroline subclass)

THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

HMS Carysfort during First World War © IWM (Q 75360)

HMS Caroline (1914) museum shipHMS Caroline Museum ship Belfast 2018

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