HMS Carnarvon (1903)

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HMS Carnarvon
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Devonshire-class armoured cruiser
Name: HMS Carnarvon
Builder: Beardmore
Launched: 7 October 1903
Fate: Sold 8 November 1921
General characteristics
Displacement: 10,850 tons
Length: 473.5 ft (144.3 m)
Beam: 68.5 ft (20.9 m)
Draught: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Speed: 22 knots (41km/h)
Complement: 655 officers and men

4 x BL 7.5-inch (190.5 mm) Mk I guns
6 x BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk VII guns
2 x 12pdr (5kg) guns
18 x 3pdr (1.4kg) guns

2 x 18in (457mm) TT
File:HMS H5 through H10 with HMS Carnarvon.gif
The drydocked Carnarvon (at upper left) with the British submarines HMS H5, H6, H7, H8, H9, and H10 during World War I, sometime between the 1915 commissioning of the submarines and the 4 May 1917 sale of H6 to the Netherlands.

HMS Carnarvon was a Devonshire-class armoured cruiser (10,850 tons displacement) of the Royal Navy. She has been the only ship of the navy to be named after the town of Caernarfon in Wales. Launched in 1903, she served with the Mediterranean Fleet in the 3rd Cruiser Squadron until March 1907, and then joined the 2nd Cruiser Squadron in the Atlantic Fleet. She then moved to the 3rd Division of the Home Fleet in April 1909 and in March 1912 she transferred again to the 2nd Fleet at Devonport and became the flagship of the 5th Cruiser Squadron until the outbreak of World War I.

Carnarvon captured a German merchant ship on 24 August 1914 after moving to Cape Verde at the beginning of that month. She moved to Montevideo in October 1914 and later led cruisers at the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. In March 1915, after repairs were completed at Rio de Janeiro for tears to her plating, she continued to serve on the North American and West Indies Station until November 1918. In 1919 she served as a cadets' training ship until sold in March 1921 and broken up on 8 November 1921.


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