HMS Falmouth (1910)

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HMS Falmouth (1910).jpg
Falmouth in 1914
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Falmouth
Namesake: Falmouth, Cornwall
Builder: William Beardmore and Company
Laid down: 21 February 1910
Launched: 20 September 1910
Commissioned: September 1911
Fate: Sunk 19 August 1916 by U-63
General characteristics
Class and type: Town-class light cruiser
Displacement: 5,200 tons
Length: 453 ft (138 m) Overall
Beam: 48.5 ft (14.8 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Parsons turbines
Four screws
Twelve Yarrow boilers
22,000 hp
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: carried 750 tons (1290 tons maximum) coal
260 tons fuel oil
5,600 nautical miles (10,400 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement: 433
Armament: 8 × 6 inch guns
1 × 3 inch AA gun
4 × 3 pdr guns
4 × machine guns
2 × 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: 2 inch deck amidships
1 inch - ¾ inch deck ends

HMS Falmouth was a Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 20 September 1910 from the yards of William Beardmore and Company. She was part of the Weymouth subgroup.[1]

She saw action in a number of major naval engagements of the war. On the outbreak of the First World War, she was assigned to the 5th Cruiser Squadron operating in the mid-Atlantic. In August 1914, Falmouth sank four German merchant ships and later that month was reassigned to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. On 28 August 1914 she took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, and on 24 January 1915 she took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank.[2]

She was still part of the squadron when on 31 May to 1 June 1916 she was present at the Battle of Jutland. Her eventful career came to an end on 19 August 1916 when she was damaged by U-66 and then sunk by U-63 under the command of Otto Schultze.[3] She sits in 15 metres (49 ft) at 53°58.93′N 0°4.50′W / 53.98217°N 0.07500°W / 53.98217; -0.07500Coordinates: 53°58.93′N 0°4.50′W / 53.98217°N 0.07500°W / 53.98217; -0.07500.


  1. ^ Jane's Fighting Ships of World War One
  2. ^ Ships of the Weymouth group
  3. ^ Colledge