HMS Penelope (1914)
|Class and type:||Arethusa class light cruiser|
|Laid down:||1 February 1913|
|Launched:||25 August 1914|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping October 1924|
|Length:||436 ft (133 m) Overall|
|Beam:||39 ft (12 m)|
|Draught:||13.5 ft (4.1 m)|
Eight Yarrow boilers
|Speed:||28.5 knots (53 km/h)|
|Range:||carried 482 tons (810 tons maximum) of fuel oil|
|Armament:||3 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk XII guns
4 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk V guns
|Armour:||3 inch side (amidships)
2¼-1½ inch side (bows)
2½ - 2 inch side (stern)
1 inch upper decks (amidships)
1 inch deck over rudder
6 inch conning tower
HMS Penelope was an Arethusa-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 25 August 1914 at Vickers Limited's shipyard. Unlike her sisters, she carried an extra 4 inch anti-aircraft gun in place of two 3 inch anti-aircraft guns.
In August 1915, she was assigned to the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Harwich Force, guarding the eastern approaches to the English Channel. For the first part of her career she was commanded by Hubert Lynes, who would go on to hold the rank of admiral. On 25 April 1916 Penelope was damaged by a torpedo from the German submarine UB-29 off the Norfolk coast. She was repaired and in March 1918 was reassigned to the 7th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. She survived to the end of the First World War, and was sold for scrapping in October 1924 to Stanlee, of Dover.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Jane's Fighting Ships of World War One (1919), Jane's Publishing Company
- Ships of the Arethusa class