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CARDIFF

 

Nationality:

Britain

Type: CL
Class: CERES - five ships in class
Builder: Fairfield
Commissioned: June, 1917
Displacement: 4,190 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

450' 3" x 43' 5" x 14' 8"

Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt: 1.5" - 3"
Deck: 1"
CT: 3"
Machinery: 2-shaft Brown-Curtis all-geared turbines; 6 Yarrow boilers; 40,000shp.  Oil:  935 tons
Speed: 29 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
5 6" / 45 cal. BL 5x1
2 3" / 20 cwt AA 2x1
4 3-pdr. (47mm) 4x1
2 40mm "pom-pom"
8 21" TT 4x2
Compliment: 460

 

 

 

Sister ships:  CERES, COVENTRY (ex-CORSAIR), CURACOA, CURLEW

 

 

Pennant Number:  I.58 (flag superior changed to "D" in 1940)

 

 

Notes:  CARDIFF was laid down as CAPRICE of the CALEDON class, but modified whilst building (along with CORSAIR; both ships given new names and "transferred" to CERES class).  The CERES class was the next in line from the CENTAUR and CALEDON classes; the main battery was re-arranged (with "B" mount now superimposed over "A" mount) and a longer forecastle, thus giving both more firepower available over wider arcs of fire and decreased "wetness" of forward guns in a seaway, thus improving firing.  CARDIFF served as flagship of 6th Light Cruiser Squadron from June, 1917, and fought in Heligoland Bight action on 17 November 1917.  At the end of World War I, CARDIFF was chosen to lead the German High Seas Fleet to surrender on 21 November 1918.  She served as Flagship in the Baltic November 1918 - early 1919, then was transferred to the 3rd LCS, Mediterranean, 1919-1929.  She returned to Home Fleet in 1939.  CARDIFF served as a training ship 1940-45.  She was placed in reserve in 1945.  CARDIFF was sold for breaking up in January, 1946.

 

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