HMS Curlew (D42)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Curlew.
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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Curlew
Builder: Vickers Limited, Barrow in Furness
Laid down: 21 August 1916
Launched: 5 July 1917
Commissioned: 14 December 1917
Fate: Sunk off Narvik 26 May 1940 in air attack
General characteristics
Class and type: C-class light cruiser
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
Two propellers
40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
Speed: 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph)
Range: carried 300 tons (950 tons maximum) of fuel oil
Complement: 327
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 79Z radar from 1939[1]
Armament: 5 × 6 inch (152 mm) guns
2 × 3 inch (76 mm) guns
2 × 2 pounder (907g) guns
8 × 21 inch torpedo tubes
Armour: 3 inch side (amidships)
2¼-1½ inch side (bows)
2 inch side (stern)
1 inch upper decks (amidships)
1 inch deck over rudder

HMS Curlew was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was part of the Ceres group of the C class of cruisers.

She was laid down by Vickers Limited on 21 August 1916, and launched on 5 July 1917, being commissioned into the navy on 14 December 1917. In common with most of her sisters Curlew was rearmed to become an anti-aircraft cruiser before the war. By 1936 she had been placed in reserve at the Nore, where she was commanded by Augustus Agar until early 1937. On the outbreak of war she was commanded by Captain Basil Charles Barrington Brooke, and served with the Home Fleet. She participated in the Norwegian Campaign, and whilst operating off the Norwegian coast, she came under attack from German Ju-88 bombers and was sunk in Lavangsfjord, Ofotfjord near Narvik.

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  1. ^ Macintyre, Donald, CAPT RN "Shipborne Radar" United States Naval Institute Proceedings September 1967 p.75


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Coordinates: 68°33′32″N 16°33′29″E / 68.559°N 16.558°E / 68.559; 16.558