cruiser ordered on 8th December 1915 from R
& W Hawthorn, Leslie and Co., Ltd under
an Emergency War
Programme. The ship was laid down
on 7th February 1916 and launched on 25th
Jan. 1917 as the 8th RN
ship to carry this name. It was
introduced for Sloop in 1783 and last used
for a Corvette in 1883 which was renamed
BRITON in 1902. Build was completed on 21st
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Commissioned for service with RNR crew for Royal Review of the Reserve Fleet
a refit at Chatham.
Attended Royal Review in Weymouth
Nominated for service as an RCNVR
Took up War Station and joined 7th
Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet at Scapa
Deployed on Northern Patrol to intercept
(See THE BLOCKADERS by K Poolman).
Intercepted and captured German ship MINDEN
off Cape Wrath.
Northern Patrol duty in continuation
based at Sullom Voe.
Sullom Voe to joined HM Cruisers
SUFFOLK and CERES in search for
German battleships SCHARNHORST and
GNEISENAU following the sinking of
Merchant Cruiser RAWALPINDI.
(See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and
Naval Staff History.)
Intercepted German ship KONSOL HENDRIC
FISSER off Iceland.
Boarded and escorted enemy ship as Prize
Nominated for refit and took passage to
Under refit at Tyne
(Note: Radar for detection of aircraft
was not fitted during the refit).
On completion transferred to 3rd Cruiser
Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet for
Passage to Mediterranean
Joined Squadron in Malta
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Deployed for trade defence and
Contraband Control in Mediterranean.
Transferred to Alexandria
to join Fleet after Italy entered the
(For details of Mediterranean deployments after outbreak of war with Italy,
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett).
Joined HM. Battleships WARSPITE and MALAYA,
HM Aircraft Carrier EAGLE, HM
SYDNEY (RAN), LIVERPOOL and CALEDON with
screen of nine
destroyers for attacks on Italian supply
convoys to Libya.
Torpedoed by Italian submarine BAGNOLINI
south of Crete.
Sank after two and a half hours.
39 of ship's company lost their lives.
Survivors were rescued
by HM Cruiser
and HM Destroyer DAINTY.
List - note