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Type: CL
Class: CAROLINE - six in class
Builder: Scott
Completed: June, 1915
Displacement: 4,219 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

446' x 41' 6" x 16'

Belt: 1" - 3"
Deck: 1"
CT: 6"
Machinery: 4-shaft Parsons independent reduction turbines; 8 Yarrow boilers; 40,000shp.  Oil:  916 tons
Speed: 28.5 knots
2 6" / 45 cal. 2x1
8 4" / 45 cal. QF 8x1
1 13-pdr. (76mm) AA 1x1
4 3-pdr. (47mm) 4x1
4 21" TT 2x2
Compliment: 301






Notes:  The CAROLINE class were an improvement on the preceding ARETHUSA class.  They were ten feet longer, and with nearly three feet more beam, they were more stable gun platforms.  One of the 4" guns was moved atop the after deckhouse, superimposed over the aft 6" gun, and an extra pair of 4" guns was mounted on the forecastle. CONQUEST joined the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, Harwich Force, in June, 1915.  She took part in the sinking of the METEOR in August, 1915.  She was made flagship of the 5th LCS in March, 1916.  During the Lowestoft raid on 25 April 1916, CONQUEST was badly damaged by a 12" shell hit.  While being repaired, her forward pair of 4" mounts (generally found to be useless) were replace by a single 6".  A fourth 6" abaft the funnels at forecastle deck level a year later -- at the same time, the remaining 4" guns were removed and four more 21" TT (in twin mounts) were added, as were a single 4" AA gun and two 2-pounder AA guns. CONQUEST sank the German destroyer S 20 off the Belgian coast on 5 June 1917.  She struck a mine in July, 1918; repairs were not finished until April, 1919.  During those repairs, she was deemed grossly overweight and subsequently lightened by removing after control platform and all searchlights.  In 1920, she received two 3" AA guns.  CONQUEST went into the reserve at Nore, until she was recommissioned in February, 1922, as SNO's ship, 1st Submarine Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet; she served in this role until January, 1927.  She was then transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet through April, 1928.  CONQUEST then returned to home waters and went into the commissioned reserve at Portsmouth.  She was sold for breaking up in 1930, but while being towed to Rosyth for breaking up, she broke adrift from her tow in bad weather off Flamborough Head on 26 September.  She was missing for two days with her six-man passage crew, but was then found and towed to Rosyth for breaking up.




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