Caledon Class

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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Caledon Class. HMS Caledon, HMS Calypso, HMS Caradoc including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Caledon Class cruisers.

HMS Caledon  built by Cammell laird and laid down 17th march 1916 and launched 25th November 1916 completed March 1917. joined the 6th |light cruiser squadron of the grand Fleet in March 1917 and then Flagship, 1st Light Cruiser squadron under the command  of Commodore Cowan. on 17th November 1917 took part in the action Heligoland Bight against German outposts. she was hit by a 12-inch shell. Sent to the Baltic in February 1919 as flagship of the 2nd Light Cruiser squadron. and then joined the Atlantic fleet form April 1919 to August 1921, when she was relieved by HMS Curacoa.  In August 1921 at Chatham she was reccomissioned for the 2nd Light Cruiser squadron, in 1922 served in the Irish Patrols. but detached to the Mediterranean in September 1922, then to Memel in January 1923, during the rebellion in Lithuania. In February 1923 in Cuxhaven she collided with a German pilot boat. During World war two, served in the home fleet in 1939 moving to the Mediterranean fleet in 1940 (as did HMS Calypso who was sunk by the Italian submarine Bagnolini south of Crete in June 1940. ) HMS Caledon then served in the Red Sea from 1940-41 and the East Indies and Eastern fleet in 1942. Caledon was converted to an anti-aircraft vessel by 1943 and went on to serve in the Mediterranean fleet from 1944-45 eventually being scrapped in Dover in February 1948.


HMS Cassandra

Built by Vickers and laid down March 1916, she was launched on the 25th November 1916 and completed  June 1917., she joined the 6th Light cruiser squadron of the Grand fleet in June 1917, and on the 15th  August 1917 ran aground along with her sister ship HMS Caradoc, on The |Fasir Isles and had to be towed to Lerwick for repairs. In November she was sent to the Baltic but on the 5th December 1918 she was sunk when she hit a mine in the Gulf of Finland. with 11 dead.


Displacement: 4,180 tons    Speed: 29kt    Complement: 400 increasing to 437 as a Flagship.

Armament: Five 6 inch guns, Two 3inch anti-aircraft guns and two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Caledon 25th November 1916 Broken up in 1948.
HMS Calypso 24th January 1917 Sunk 12th June 1940.
HMS Caradoc 23rd December 1916 Broken up 1946.
HMS Cassandra 25th November 1916 Mined 5th December 1918