HMS Undaunted (1914)

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HMS Undaunted aerial view WWI.jpg
Aerial view circa. 1914-1918
Class and type: Arethusa class light cruiser
Name: HMS Undaunted
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan
Laid down: 21 December 1912
Launched: 28 April 1914
Commissioned: August 1914
Fate: Sold for scrapping 9 April 1923
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,500 tons
Length: 436 ft (133 m) Overall
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draught: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
Propulsion: Brown-Curtis turbines
Eight Yarrow boilers
40,000 hp
Speed: 28.5 knots (53 km/h)
Range: carried 482 tons (810 tons maximum) of fuel oil
Complement: 318
Armament: 2 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk XII guns

6 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk V guns
1 × 4 inch AA gun
2 × QF 2 pdr AA guns

8 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
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 Undaunted was an Arethusa-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 28 April 1914 at Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company's shipyard at Govan.

Service history[edit]

Undaunted participated in numerous naval operations during the First World War. On commissioning she was assigned as the leader of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla of the Harwich Force, guarding the eastern approaches to the English Channel. On 28 August 1914 Undaunted took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, and on 17 October 1914 she was involved in an action off the Dutch island of Texel with German torpedo boats resulting in the complete annihilation of the German Seventh Half-Flotilla of torpedoboats. On the 25 December 1914 she took part in the Cuxhaven Raid, and on 24 January 1915 she took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank.

In April 1915 Undaunted was damaged in collision with the destroyer HMS Landrail, and on 24 March 1916 she was again damaged in a collision, this time with the cruiser HMS Cleopatra. In 1917 she was appointed as leader of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla of the Harwich Force, and in November 1918 was reassigned to the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet.

She survived to see the end of the First World War, and was sold for scrapping on 9 April 1923 to Cashmore, of Newport.