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CERES

 

Nationality:

Britain

Type: CL
Class: CERES - five ships in class
Builder: John Brown
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:  CARDIFF (ex-CAPRICE), COVENTRY (ex-CORSAIR), CURACOA, CURLEW

 

 

Pennant Number:  I.59

 

 

Notes:   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. Improvement on previous CALEDON class; main battery re-arranged (with "B" mount now superimposed over "A" mount) and longer forecastle, giving more firepower available over wider arcs of fire, and decreased "wetness" of forward guns in a seaway, thus improving firing.  CERES joined 6th Light Cruiser Squadron in June, 1917; she saw service in the Baltic November, 1918 - early 1919, then was transferred to Mediterranean.  CERES was damaged in a collision with the U. S. destroyer FOX in the entrance to the Bosphorus in April, 1923.  She had a 2-pdr. AA and 4 - 20mm AA guns added prior to World War II.  CERES Served with Home Fleet in 1939; with Mediterranean Fleet in 1940, and then was transferred to East Indies through 1942.  She served with the Eastern Fleet 1942-1943, and was then placed in Reserve as an Accommodation ship 1944-1945.  CERES was sold for breaking up and scrapped in July, 1946.  Flag superior changed to "D" in 1940.

 

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argonaut_57_ceres_cl_1918_-_01.jpg (15570 bytes) Argonaut 57
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