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Sister ships: GLASGOW, GLOUCESTER, LIVERPOOL, NEWCASTLE
Notes: The BRISTOL class were the first "true" cruisers built for the R.N. in nearly ten years. Though considered to be very "lively" gun platforms, lightly armored and rather cramped in space, the BRISTOL class became the starting point for British cruiser design for many years to come. BRISTOL was attached to the 2nd Battle Squadron, Home Fleet, upon completion. 2nd Fleet in January, 1913; then 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in July, 1913 and then 5th Cruiser Squadron in 1914. Joined 4th CS in August, 1914 and sent to West Indies. Had brief skirmish with German CL KARLSRUHE on 6 August; sent to Falklands to join Admiral Stoddard's force at Port Stanley. With AMC MACEDONIA, captured several German colliers following the Battle of the Falkland Islands. Took part in hunt for German CL DRESDEN in December, 1914; then sent to the Mediterranean. Transferred to the Adriatic Fleet in 1916-17; then back to South American waters in 1918. Paid off into reserve at Portsmouth in June, 1919. Sold for breaking up in May, 1921.