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Royal Navy cruisers, heavy cruisers and light cruisers in naval historical art prints. Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Ceres Class. HMS Ceres, HMS Cardiff, HMS Coventry, HMS Curacoa, HMS Curlew including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Ceres Class cruisers.

 

HMS Cardiff served with the Home Fleet in 1939 then as a training ship from 1940-45 after which she was put into reserve. HMS Ceres served with the Home Fleet in 1939, then the Mediterranean Fleet in 1940 and the East Indies from 1940-42. From 1942-43 Ceres served with the Eastern fleet and finally serving as an accommodation ship from 1944-45. HMS Coventry and HMS Curlew both served in the home Fleet from 1939-40 where Curlew was lost after being bombed by a German Aircraft Carrier off Norway. HMS Coventry went on to serve in the Mediterranean Fleet from 1940-42 when she too was bombed by both German and Italian Aircraft Carriers off Tobruk. HMS Curacoa served with the Home Fleet from 1940-42 when she was lost in a collision with the SS Queen Mary near Donegal.

 

Displacement: 4,190 tons    Speed: 29kt    Complement: 400 increasing to 437 as a Flagship.

Armament: HMS Ceres & HMS Cardiff -Five 6 inch guns, Two 3inch anti-aircraft guns and two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes. HMS Coventry & HMS Curlew - Ten 4 inch anti-aircraft guns, sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns. HMS Curacoa - Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns, four 2pdr anti-aircraft guns, eight 0.5 inch machine guns.

HMS Cardiff 12th April 1917 Broken up 1946.
HMS Ceres 24th March 1917 Broken up 1946.
HMS Coventry 6th July 1917 Sunk on 14th September 1942.
HMS Curacoa 5th May 1917 Collision 2nd October 1942.
HMS Curlew 5th July 1917 Sunk on 26th May 1940.

HMS Cardiff

HMS Cardiff 

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HMS Cardiff (centre) with the sloop HMS Bryony (left) and HMS Calypso (right) at Venice, 1926.

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The band of HMS Cardiff c.1924.

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HMS Cardiff's trip to Cartagena, Spain, 1924.

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Bullfight given in honour of British Fleet's visit to Tarragona (?) Spain, September 1924.

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HMS Ceres

HMS Ceres.

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HMS Ceres at Malta.

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Percy Knight and mate on HMS Ceres.

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George B. Chatfield

Opposite is a page taken from George's Diary.   These were provided by Bill Logan.

If anyone is looking for information on the HMS Ceres, I have the handwritten diary of George B. Chatfield, titled "Foreign Commission - My Diary whilst on the HMS Ceres and Movements, From February 22, 1919 to February (January) 1920.  Bill Logan.   contact here 

HMS Coventry

HMS Coventry built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend was initially going to be called HMS Corsair. and laid down on the 4th August 1916, and launched 6th July 1917 completed for naval service in February 1918.  HMS Coventry joined the 5th Light Cruiser squadron  in February 1918 till May 1919, and served in the Baltic in this time. Commissioned in may 1919 into the Atlantic fleet, until in 1920 when HMS Coventry became the HQ ship for naval Inter allied Disarmament Commission. Went into refit in  late 1920 once completed she joined the 2nd Light cruiser squadron and flagship to the Rear admiral Atlantic Fleet. A Torpedo Explosion while in Malta in March1923 caused the death of two crew.  At the outbreak of world war two HMS Coventry was serving with the Home Fleet between 1939 and 1940, moving to the Mediterranean fleet in 1940 until being sunk off Tobruk on the 14th September 1942 by German and Italian aircraft.

Displacement: 4,190 tons    Speed: 29kt    Complement: 400 increasing to 437 as a Flagship.

Armament:     Ten 4 inch anti-aircraft guns, sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   eight 0.5 inch machine gun

HMS Coventry.

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HMS Coventry

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The deck of HMS Coventry with unusual cargo 

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HMS Curacoa

HMS Curacoa.

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HMS Curacoa. 

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HMS Curacoa 1935.

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HMS Coventry by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Coventry by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Coventry comes under air attack from aircraft off Tobruk, 14th September 1942. As well as losing the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Coventry, the Allies also lost HMS Zulu and six coastal craft sunk by bombing as they were returning from Tobruk. HMS Coventry was rated as one of the most effective anti-aircraft ships in the entire British navy, downing more aircraft than any other ship.
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