HMS Weymouth (1910)

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HMS Weymouth in 1912
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Town-class light cruiser
Name: HMS Weymouth
Builder: Armstrong Whitworth
Yard number: 827
Laid down: 19 January 1910
Launched: 18 November 1910
Commissioned: October 1911
Fate: Sold for scrapping 2 October 1928
General characteristics
Displacement: 5,200 tons
Length: 453 ft (138 m) Overall
Beam: 48.5 ft (14.8 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Brown-Curtis turbines
Two 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 at 10 knots
Complement: 433
Armament:

8 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk XI guns
1 × 3 inch AA gun
4 × QF 3 pdr guns
4 × machine guns

2 × 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: 2 inch deck amidships
1 inch - ¾ inch deck ends
Notes: Battle of Durazzo (1918)
For other ships of the same name, see HMS Weymouth.

HMS Weymouth was a Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 18 November 1910 from the yards of Armstrong Whitworth. She was the lead ship of the Weymouth subgroup.

She served in the First World War, initially as part of the 2nd Light Cruiser squadron in the Mediterranean. In August 1914 Weymouth was detached to sail into the Indian Ocean to hunt for the German cruiser SMS Emden, which was raiding allied shipping in the area. In February 1915 she was operating off the East African coast as part of operations against another commerce raider, the SMS Königsberg, eventually trapping her in the Rufiji River until she could be sunk.

At Skyros Island, Greece in 1915 showing the new wartime camouflage paint pattern

Weymouth returned to the Mediterranean, and in December 1915 was operating in the Adriatic. Whilst here she was involved in the First Battle of Durazzo on 28 December-29. In 1916 she returned to home waters and was assigned to the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. In 1917 she was reassigned to the Mediterranean as part of the 8th Cruiser Squadron operating out of Brindisi. While serving at the Second Battle of Durazzo, she was damaged by a torpedo from the Austro-Hungarian submarine SM U-31 on 2 October 1918. She was repaired and survived the war. She was sold on 2 October 1928 to Hughes Bolckow, of Blyth.

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