Light cruiser HMS Dublin

The light cruiser HMS Dublin belonged to the Town class, the subcategory Chatham class, which consisted of three ships for the Royal Navy and three ships for the Australian Navy.


Launching and design:

The three light cruisers of the Chatham class were a subcategory of the Town class. In contrast to the predecessor ships of the Weymouth class, the waterline armor has now been reinforced, but the deck armor has been reduced slightly.

The main armament served eight 6-inch (152 -mm) single guns, which were provided with a shield and now far enough apart that a hit could not set several guns at the same time out of action.

The launching of the HMS Dublin took place on April 30, 1912, the commissioning in March 1913.



HMS Dublin


HMS Dublin




History of HMS Dublin:

After the commissioning and the test drives, the ship was first assigned to the first battle squadron.

In July 1913, the transfer was made to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron of Home Fleet and end of 1913 in the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean.




Use in the war:

After in the Mediterranean the German battle cruiser SMS Goeben and the small cruiser SMS Breslau had shot at two Algerian ports, they ran on 4 August 1914 past the two British battlecruisers HMS Indomitable and HMS Indefatigable direction Messina. Since at this time, although war between France and the German Empire, but not yet prevailed with Great Britain, pursued the two British ships, the Germans only. Bizerta's HMS Dublin was called in as reinforcement. Since the two British battle cruisers were slower than the Germans, only the Dublin had visual contact in the evening. When fog set in and it got too dark, Dublin also lost contact and had to stop the persecution.

After the German ships expelled again on 6 August, the British ships pursued them again. After some course changes on 7 August the HMS Dublin with the destroyers HMS Beagle and HMS Bulldog had to pursue the persecution and should stop or sink the SMS Goeben with a night torpedo attack, because at that time there was also war between the German Empire and Great Britain.

On the calculated course, the ships could not discover the Goeben, but the SMS Breslau. However, as this was faster than the British ships, it was only briefly tracked. Since the Goeben could not be found, the search had to be canceled again and was moved back to Malta.

At the beginning of 1915, when the Dardanelles landing company began, HMS Dublin remained in Malta, securing the route between Malta and Suez. Only at the end of February 1915 she was also used by the Dardanelles and shelled Ottoman coastal fortifications.

When Italy joined the British side in the war, Dublin was used to support the Italian Navy. The ship fired at the beginning of June positions of the Austro-Hungarian troops on the Adriatic coast. The ship itself was torpedoed on June 9, 1915 by the Austrian submarine SM U-4. Twelve crew members died in the attack and the ship was damaged so badly that it had to return to the UK.

After the HMS Dublin was operational again, the ship was assigned to the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. With this association, the ship participated in the Battle of the Skagerrak from 31 May to 1 June 1916. Together with the HMS Southampton could the German torpedo boat SMS S 35 sunk, even the ship, however, also had serious damage. In the battle 3 crew members died, 27 were injured. The subsequent repair lasted until June 17, 1916.

The last use of the war took place on 3 May 1917, when the Dublin together with the four destroyers HMS Nepean, HMS Obdurate, HMS Pelican and HMS Pylades controlled the area between the Firth of Forth and the Humber. The ship was attacked by a total of three German submarines and the airship Zeppelin L-43, but remained undamaged.





After World War I HMS Dublin changed to the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron and later to the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean.

In 1924, the ship was finally decommissioned, sold in July 1926 to the company J. J. King and scrapped until July 1927 in Troon.




Ship data:


HMS Dublin


Great Britain

Ship Type:  

Light cruiser


(Subcategory Chatham-Class)


Wm. Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir




April 30, 1912


March 1913


Sold in July 1926 and scrapped in Troon until July 1927


139,6 meters


14,9 meters


Max. 4,8 meters


Max. 6.000 tons


429–475 men


12 Yarrow steam boilers

4 Parsons steam turbines


25.000 PSw

Maximum speed:  

25,5 kn




8 x 6 "/ 50 BL Mk XI
(15,2 cm L / 50)

4 x 3 Pdr 1.85 "/ 50 QF
(4,7-cm L / 50)

4 x machine guns

2 x torpedo tubes 53,3-cm


Deck 50-76 mm

Slopes 20 mm

Command tower 102 mm






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