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HMS Cordelia (1914)

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Cordelia.
World War I.
Class and type: C-class light cruiser
Name: HMS Cordelia
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard, Pembroke Dock, Wales
Laid down: 21 July 1913
Launched: 23 February 1914
Completed: January 1915
Commissioned: January 1915
Decommissioned: 1919
Recommissioned: January 1920
Decommissioned: December 1922
Fate: Sold 31 July 1923 for scrapping
General characteristics
Displacement: Nominal:3,750 tons
Loaded: 4,219 tons
Deep: 4,733 tons
Length: 420 ft (130 m) (446 ft (136 m) overall)
Beam: 41.5 ft (12.6 m)
Draught: 16 ft (5 m) maximum.
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines
Power: 40,000 shp
Speed: 28.5 knots (53 km/h)
Range: carried 405 tons (772 tons maximum) of fuel oil
Complement: 325

As built:

Armour: Belt: 3 to 1 in
Decks: 1 inch

HMS Cordelia was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw service during World War I. She was part of the Caroline group of the C class.


Constructed by Pembroke Dockyard at Pembroke Dock, Wales, Cordelia was laid down on 21 July 1913, launched on 23 February 1914, and completed in January 1915.[2]

Service history

World War I

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy in January 1915, Cordelia was assigned to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron in the Grand Fleet, and took part in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May-1 June 1916. From 1917 through the end of World War I and until April 1919, she served in the Grand Fleet's 4th Light Cruiser Squadron.[3]


In June 1919, Cordelia was attached to the Devonport Gunnery School; she went into the Nore Reserve soon after that. In January 1920, she recommissioned for service in the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Atlantic Fleet.[3]

In 1921, Cordelia joined the light cruisers HMS Caledon (D53), HMS Castor, and HMS Curacoa (D41) and the destroyers HMS Vanquisher (D54), HMS Vectis (D51), HMS Venetia (D53), HMS Viceroy (D91), HMS Violent (D57), HMS Viscount (D92), HMS Winchelsea (D46), and HMS Wolfhound (D56) in a Baltic cruise, departing the United Kingdom on 31 August 1921. The ships crossed the North Sea and transited the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal to enter the Baltic, where they called at Danzig in the Free City of Danzig; Memel in the Klaipėda Region; Liepāja, Latvia; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Gothenburg, Sweden; and Kristiania, Norway, before crossing the North Sea and ending the voyage at Port Edgar, Scotland, on 15 October 1921.[4]

Cordelia patrolled off the coast of Ireland in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. In December 1922, she was decommissioned and returned to the Nore Reserve.[3]


Cordelia was sold on 31 July 1923 to John Cashmore, of Newport, Wales, for scrapping.



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