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FALMOUTH

 

Nationality:

Britain

Type: CL
Class: WEYMOUTH - four ships in class
Builder: Beardmore
Commissioned: September, 1911
Displacement: 5,250 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

453' x 48' 6" x 15' 6"
Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Deck: 0.75" - 2"
CT: 4"
Machinery: 4-shaft Parsons compound-reaction turbines; 12 Yarrow boilers; 22,000shp.  Coal:  1,290 tons.  Oil:  260 tons.  Range:  4,500nm at 10 knots
Speed: 25 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
8 6" / 50 cal. BL 8x1
4 3-pdr. (37mm) 4x1
2 21" TT submerged, beam
Compliment: 475

 

 

Sister ships:  DARTMOUTH, WEYMOUTH, YARMOUTH

 

 

Notes:  Improvement on previous BRISTOL class; given uniform armament of 8-6" guns, extended forecastle deck to improve gun handling in heavier seas.  Attached to 2nd Battle Squadron, Home Fleet upon commissioning; transferred to 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron  in June, 1913.  Joined 5th Cruiser Squadron in August, 1914; sank German merchantmen FASOLT, OCHTUM, BORKUM and HUME during that month.  Joined 1st LCS as flagship in December, 1914; then to 3rd LCS at Rosyth in February, 1915.  In action at Jutland on 31 May, 1916; hit by one 5.9" shell from LÜTZOW (shell struck the foremast but did not explode).  Damaged by torpedo from U-66 on 19 August 1916 while screening Grand Fleet and was towed to Flamborough Head, but was torpedoed again by (U-52 or U-63; sources vary) and sank the next day.

 

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