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hms caledon Caledon Class.  Follow on to the Cenataur class with two shaft propulsion and slightly more beam to improve stability.  The submerged torpedo tubes were replaced with deck mounts as at high speeds the below water tubes were not usable.  They could be distinguished from the earlier 'C' classes by the straight bow.

HMS Caledon
Built Cammell Laird, laid down March 1916, completed March 1917.

HMS Calypso
Built Hawthorn Leslie, laid down February 1916, completed June 1917.

HMS Caradoc
Built Scott, laid down February 1916, completed June 1917.

HMS Cassandra
Built Vickers, laid down March 1916, completed June 1917.

Size:
Length 425 feet pp 450 feet overall, beam 42 feet 9 inches, draught 14 feet 9 inches, displacement 4,180 tons standard 5,150 tons full load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft Parsons turbines, 40,000 shp, 29kts

Trials:
Cassandra 40,750 shp = 29.11 knots

Armour:

3-1.5in belt, 1in decks

Armament:
5 x 6in 45cal Mk XII (5 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1), 8 x 21in TT

Comments:
Crew 400.

World War 1 Service:
Caledon

6th Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
March 1917 1st Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
17 November 1917 Took part in the second Battle of Heligoland Bight.
1948 Scrapped.

Calypso
6th Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
17 November 1917 Took part in the second Battle of Heligoland Bight.
12 June 1940 Torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Bagnolini.

Caradoc
6th Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
15 August 1917 Ran aground on Fair Isle.
1946 Scrapped

Cassandra
6th Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
15 August 1917 Ran aground on Fair Isle.
5 December 1918 Sunk by mine in Gulf of Finland.

HMS Cassandra complete with an aircraft hanger next to the bridge.  She survived the war only to be sunk by an uncharted German minefield in the Baltic whilst operating against Bolsheviks. hms cassandra

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