Light Cruisers

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Naval history of the Light Cruisers including the Arethusa, Hermes and Chatham Classes.

The crew of an unidentified light cruiser at Malta c.1920.  HMS Argus is in the background. 

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Arrogant Class Light Cruisers    View Class
HMS Arrogant 26th May 1896 Served as a depot ship in June 1911. Sold for scrapping on 13th November 1923.
HMS Furious 3rd December 1896 Sold
HMS Gladiator 18th December 1896 Sank in collision with a liner on 25th April 1908.
HMS Vindictive 9th December 1897 Scuttled as a blockship on 10th May 1918. Raised on 16th August 1920 and broken up.
Hermes Class Light Cruisers  View Class
HMS Hermes 7th April 1898 Converted to take seaplanes in 1912.
HMS Highflyer 4th June 1898 Sold for scrapping in June 1921.
HMS Hyacinth 27th October 1898 Sold for scrapping in November 1923.
HMS Challenger 27th May 1902 Sold for scrapping on 31st May 1920.
HMS Encounter 18th June 1902 Loaned to the New Zealand Navy in July 1912 and then transferred permanently in December 1919. She was scuttled in September 1923.
Adventure Class Light Cruisers      View Class
HMS Adventure 9th September 1904 Sold for scrap in March 1920.
HMS Attentive 24th November 1904 Sold for scrap in April 1920.
Forward Class Light Cruisers     View Class
HMS Forward 27th August 1904 Sold for scrap in July 1921.
HMS Foresight 8th October 1904 Sold for scrap in March 1920.
Pathfinder Class Light Cruisers      View Class  
HMS Pathfinder 16th July 1904 Sunk by torpedoes on 5th September 1914.
HMS Patrol 13th October 1904 Sold for scrap in April 1920.
Sentinel Class Light Cruisers        View Class  
HMS Sentinel 19th April 1904 Sold for scrap in January 1923.
HMS Skirmisher 7th February 1905 Sold for scrap in March 1920.
Boadicea Class Scout Cruisers  View Class
HMS Boadicea 14th May 1908 Sold for scrapping in July 1926.
HMS Bellona 20th March 1909 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
Blonde Class Scout Cruisers  View Class
HMS Blonde 22nd July 1910 Sold for scrapping in May 1920.
HMS Blanche 25th November 1909 Sold for scrapping in July 1921.
Active Class Scout Cruisers  View Class
HMS Active 14th March 1911 Sold for scrapping in April 1920.
HMS Amphion 4th December 1912 Mined and sunk on 6th August 1914.
HMS Fearless 12th June 1912 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.
Bristol Class Light Cruisers   View Class
HMS Bristol 23rd February 1910 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Glasgow 30th September 1909 Sold for scrapping in April 1927.
HMS Gloucester 28th October 1909 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Liverpool 30th October 1909 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Newcastle 25th November 1909 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
Weymouth Class Light Cruisers     View Class
HMS Dartmouth 14th December 1910 Sold for scrapping in December 1930.
HMS Falmouth 20th September 1910 Sunk on 19th August 1916.
HMS Weymouth 18th November 1910 Sold for scrapping in October 1928.
HMS Yarmouth 12th April 1911 Sold for scrapping in July 1929.
Chatham Class Light Cruisers  View Class
HMS Chatham 9th November 1911 Sold for scrapping July 1926.
HMS Dublin 9th November 1911 Sold for scrapping July 1926.
HMS Southampton 16th May 1912 Sold for scrapping July 1926.
HMS Sydney 29th August 1912 Broken up in 1929/30.
HMS Melbourne 30th May 1912 Sold for scrapping December 1928.
HMS Brisbane 30th September 1915 Sold for scrapping June 1936.
Birmingham Class Light Cruisers  View Class
HMS Birmingham 7th May 1913 Sold for scrapping in March 1931.
HMS Lowestoft 28th April 1913 Sold for scrapping in January 1931.
HMS Nottingham 18th April 1913 Sunk on 19th August 1916.
HMS Adelaide 27th July 1918 Sold for scrapping in January 1949.
Arethusa Class Light Cruisers       View Class
HMS Arethusa 25th October 1913 Mined on 11th February 1916.
HMS Aurora 30th September 1913 Sold for scrap in August 1927.
HMS Galatea 14th May 1914 Sold for scrap in October 1921.
HMS Inconstant 6th July 1914 Sold for scrap in June 1922.
HMS Penelope 15th October 1915 Broken up 1924.
HMS Phaeton 21st October 1914 Sold for scrap in January 1923.
HMS Royalist 14th January 1915 Sold for scrap in August 1922.
HMS Undaunted 21st December 1912 Sold for scrap in April 1923.
Caroline Class Light Cruisers Click To View
HMS Caroline 29th September 1914 Harbour training ship in 1924. Still in use by 1984.
HMS Carysfort 14th November 1914 Sold for scrapping in August 1931.
HMS Cleopatra 14th January 1915 Sold for scrapping in June 1931.
HMS Comus 16th December 1914 Sold for scrapping in July 1934.
HMS Conquest 20th January 1915 Sold for scrapping in August 1930.
HMS Cordelia 23rd February 1914 Sold for scrapping in July 1923.

Calliope Class Light Cruisers       View Class 

HMS Calliope 17th December 1914 Sold for scrapping in August 1931.
HMS Champion 29th May 1915 Sold for scrapping in July 1934.
Birkenhead Class Light Cruisers     View Class
HMS Birkenhead 18th January 1915 Sold for scrapping in October 1921.
HMS Chester 8th December 1915 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.

             Cambrian Class Light Cruisers         View Class

HMS Cambrian 3rd March 1916 Sold for scrapping in July 1934.
HMS Canterbury 21st December 1915 Sold for scrapping in July 1934.
HMS Castor 28th July 1915 Sold for scrapping in July 1936.
HMS Constance 12th September 1915 Sold for scrapping in January 1936.
Centaur Class Light Cruisers        View Class
HMS Centaur 6th January 1916 Sold for scrapping in February 1934.
HMS Concord 1st April 1916 Sold for scrapping in August 1935.
Caledon Class Light Cruiser         View Class
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.
Ceres Class Light Cruiser         View Class
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.
Capetown Class Light Cruiser       View Class
HMS Cairo 19th November 1918 Sunk on 12th August 1942.
HMS Calcutta 9th July 1918 Sunk on 1st June 1941.
HMS Capetown 28th June 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Carlisle 9th July 1918 Constructive loss 9th October 1943 and broken up 1948.
HMS Colombo 18th December 1918 Broken up 1948.
'D' or Danae Class Light Cruiser              View Class
HMS Danae 26th January 1918 Broken up 1948.
HMS Dauntless 10th April 1918 Broken up 1946.
HMS Delhi 23rd August 1918 Broken up 1948.
HMS Despatch 24th September 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Diomede 29th April 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Dragon 29th December 1917 Scuttled and used as breakwater 8th July 1944.
HMS Dunedin 19th November 1918 Sunk on 24th November 1940.
HMS Durban 29th May 1919 Scuttled and used as breakwater 9th June 1944.
'E' or Emerald Class  View Class
HMS Emerald 19th May 1920 Broken up 1948.
HMS Enterprise 23rd December 1919 Broken up 1946.