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HMS Yarmouth (1911)
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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Town-class light cruiser
Name: HMS Yarmouth
Builder: London & Glasgow Co.
Laid down: 27 January 1910
Launched: 12 April 1911
Commissioned: April 1912
Fate: Sold for scrapping 2 July 1929
General characteristics
Displacement: 5,200 tons
Length: 453 ft (138 m) Overall
Beam: 48.5 ft (14.8 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Parsons turbines
Four screws
Twelve Yarrow boilers
22,000 hp
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range: carried 750 tons (1290 tons maximum) coal
260 tons fuel oil
5,600 nautical miles at 10 knots
Complement: 433

8 × BL 6-inch (152.4 mm) Mk XI guns
1 × 3 inch AA gun
4 × QF 3 pdr guns
4 × machine guns

2 × 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: 2 inch deck amidships
1 inch - ¾ inch deck ends

HMS Yarmouth was a Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy launched on 12 April 1911 from the yards of the London & Glasgow Co. She was part of the Weymouth subgroup.

On the outbreak of war, Yarmouth was on the China Station, and later in 1914, she was involved in the hunt for the German commerce raider SMS Emden. In October that year she captured two German colliers. She returned to home waters in December 1914 and was assigned to the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet, and in February 1915 to 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron. Whilst serving with this squadron, she took part in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May-1 June 1916.

On 28 June 1917, Royal Naval Air Service Flight Commander F. J. Rutland took off in a Sopwith Pup from a flying-off platform mounted on the roof of one of Yarmouth's gun turrets, the first such successful launch of an aircraft in history.[1]

Yarmouth was sold for scrapping on 2 July 1929 to the Alloa South Breaking Company, of Rosyth.


  1. Sturtivant, Ray, British Naval Aviation: The Fleet Air Arm, 1917-1990, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1990, ISBN 0-87021-026-2, p. 215.

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