HMS Capetown (D88)
|Class and type:||C-class light cruiser|
|Laid down:||23 February 1917|
|Launched:||28 June 1918|
|Out of service:||Sold 5 April 1946|
|Fate:||Broken up from June 1946|
|Tons burthen:||4,190 tons|
|Length:||451.4 ft (137.6 m)|
|Beam:||43.9 ft (13.4 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||Parsons geared turbines
|Range:||carried 300 tons (950 tons maximum) of fuel oil|
|Armament:||5 x 6in guns
2 x 3in anti-aircraft guns
4 x 3pdr guns
2 x 2pdr pom-poms
1 x machine gun
8 x 21in torpedo tubes
|Armour:||3in side (amidships)
2¼-1½in side (bows)
2in side (stern)
1in upper decks (amidships)
1in deck over rudder
HMS Capetown was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy, named after the South African city of Cape Town. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name. She was part of the Carlisle group of the C-class of cruisers.
She was laid down by Cammell Laird on 23 February 1918, and launched on 28 June 1918. She was sailed to Pembroke Dock for outfitting, a process finally completed in February 1922. Capetown was commissioned too late to see action in the First World War, but served in the Second World War. Like most of her sisters, she was originally assigned to the Mediterranean and later to the Red Sea.
She spent a large part of her career with the Eastern Fleet, including a period between the wars from July 1934 until August 1938, when she returned to the UK for a refit. She rejoined the Mediterranean Fleet in August 1940. While deployed at the Red Sea she was torpedoed and severely damaged by the Italian Motor torpedo boat MAS 213 off Massawa, on 6 April 1941. Seven members of her crew lost their lives. After a year of repairs at Bombay, she served with the Eastern Fleet until 1943. She then returned to the UK and joined the Home Fleet.
She survived the war and was sold on 5 April 1946. She arrived at the yards of Ward, of Preston for breaking up on 2 June 1946.
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- Jane's Fighting Ships of World War One (1919), Jane's Publishing Company