HMS Blonde (1910)
|Class and type:||Blonde class light cruiser|
|Laid down:||6 December 1909|
|Launched:||22 July 1910|
|Fate:||Sold 6 May 1920|
|Displacement:||3,350 long tons (3,400 t) (normal); 3,850 long tons (3,910 t) (deep load)|
|Length:||385 ft (117.3 m) (p/p); 405 ft (123.4 m) (o/a)|
|Beam:||41 ft 6 in (12.65 m)|
|Draught:||15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)|
|Installed power:||18,000 shp (13,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||4 × Parsons turbines,
12 × Yarrow boilers,
4 × shafts
|Speed:||24 to 25 kn (28 to 29 mph; 44 to 46 km/h)|
|Capacity:||Coal: 450 tons (normal), 780 tons (maximum); Fuel Oil: 190 tons|
|Complement:||314 officers and men|
Blonde spent 1911–1912 in the Mediterranean as Senior Officer’s ship of the Seventh Flotilla, but by 1912 she was already at least 2.5 kn (2.9 mph; 4.6 km/h) slower than the majority of destroyers.
During the First World War, she served with the Grand Fleet, and was attached to a variety of Battle Squadrons, beginning with the Fourth Battle Squadron. She was no longer with that squadron by the summer of 1916, and missed the Battle of Jutland. In September 1917, she was converted to lay mines but was never used in active service in this role. Surplus to requirements after the end of hostilities, she was sold for scrap on 6 May 1920 to T. C. Pas, and was broken up in the Netherlands.
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