HMS Glasgow (1909)

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Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Glasgow
Namesake: Glasgow
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering, Govan
Laid down: 25 March 1909
Launched: 30 September 1909
Completed: September 1910
Fate: Sold for scrap, 29 April 1927
General characteristics
Class & type: Town-class light cruiser
Displacement: 4,800 tons
Length: 453 ft (138.1 m) Overall
Beam: 47 ft (14.3 m)
Draught: 15.5 ft (4.7 m)
Propulsion: Parsons turbines
Four screws
Twelve Yarrow boilers
22,000 hp
Speed: 25 knots (46.3 km/h)
Range: carried 600 tons (1353 tons maximum) coal
260 tons fuel oil
Complement: 411
Armament:

2 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk XI guns
10 × BL 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk VII guns
1 × 3 inch guns
4 × QF 3 pdr guns
4 × machine guns

2 × 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: 2 inch, 1¾ inch, ¾ inch deck
6 inch conning tower

HMS Glasgow, the sixth ship of that name, was a Town-class light cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century.

Service history[edit]

On the outbreak of the First World War, she was operating off the coast of South America under Captain John Luce, and on 16 August 1914 she captured the German merchant ship SS Catherina. In the South Atlantic on 1 November 1914, she saw action at the Battle of Coronel, when, together with the cruisers HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth, she engaged the German East Asia Cruiser Squadron, including the new cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Having inflicted little damage on the enemy, Glasgow escaped with moderate damage considering that an estimated 600 shells were fired at her, although the other British cruisers were lost with all hands. Next month, in the battle of the Falkland Islands, in company with the battlecruisers HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible, the battle with Admiral Von Spee was resumed on more advantageous terms. The victory was convincing with HMS Glasgow helping sink Leipzig. Another German ship, Dresden, escaped this particular battle, only to be later found by the Glasgow and HMS Kent and forced to scuttle after a short battle near Mas a Tierra. After the sinking a sailor from Glasgow noticed a pig swimming in the water and after nearly being drowned by the frightened pig, succeeded in rescuing him. The crew named him 'Tirpitz', and he served as the mascot of HMS Glasgow for a year and was then transferred to Whale Island Gunnery School, Portsmouth for the rest of his career.[1]

Tirpitz the pig

Glasgow was assigned to operate in the Mediterranean in 1915, and in 1917 was reassigned to the 8th Light Cruiser Squadron in the Adriatic Sea. In early 1917, Glasgow accompanied HMS Amethyst in patrolling the Brazilian coast for German raiders, such as SMS Möwe.[2]

After the war Glasgow served briefly as a stokers' training ship before being paid off in 1922 and sold for scrapping on 29 April 1927 to Ward, of Morecambe.

Mt. Glasgow in the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada is named after this ship.

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