HMS Cassandra (1916)
|Class and type:||C-class light cruiser|
|Builder:||Vickers Limited, Barrow in Furness|
|Laid down:||March 1916|
|Launched:||25 November 1916|
|Fate:||Sunk on 5 December 1918 by mine in Gulf of Finland|
|Tons burthen:||4,190 tons|
|Length:||450 ft (140 m)|
|Beam:||43.6 ft (13.3 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two Brown-Curtis geared turbines
Six Yarrow boilers
|Range:||carried 300 tons (950 tons maximum) of fuel oil|
|Armour:||3 inch side (amidships)
2¼-1½ inch side (bows)
2 inch side (stern)
1 inch upper decks (amidships)
1 inch deck over rudder
She had a short career, and initially joined the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. She suffered a mishap when she ran aground on Fair Isle on 15 August 1917 but was successfully salvaged. Despite this she survived the war, and was sent into the Baltic to operate against the Bolsheviks. On 5 December 1918 she ran into an uncharted German minefield. She struck a mine and sank in Gulf of Finland with the loss of 10 sailors but the remaining crew of 400 was evacuated.
The Estonian Navy and Estonian Maritime Museum announced in August 2010 that they had located the wrecks of HMS Cassandra, and two Flower-class sloops HMS Myrtle and HMS Gentian near Saaremaa Island in depths of 60-100 metres.
- Wainwright, Martin (23 August 2010). "British warships sunk 90 years ago found off Estonian coast". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- 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 Caledon class