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CHESTER

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Light Cruiser

Nickname

Ship Class

Town class

Grouping

Attached Light Cruisers

Command

Builder's Yard

Cammel Laird, Birkenhead

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

7 October 1914

Launch Date

8 December 1915

Completed date

Commission date

May 1916

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

Public Domain. Surgeon Oscar Parkes - This is photograph SP 892 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 1900-01)

Related stories

Boy First class jack Cornwell V.C. was part of teh Chester's crew.

Sister ships

Eventual Fate

Jutland result

She was part of the 3rd Battle Sqadron's scouting group. Chester was hit by 17 150mm shells and suffered heavy casualties. Many of the injuries were caused to the lower legs and ankles because there was no protection at deck level by the turrets.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain Robert N. Lawson

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

approy. 500

Officers

Ratings

Killed

29

Wounded

49

Prisoners

78

Displacement full Load (tons)

5,185 long tons

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

430 ft P.P. (456' 6" OA)

Length (mtrs)

131.1 m (139.1 m OA)

Beam (ft)

49' 10"

Beam (mtrs)

15.2 m

Draught (ft)

15' 3" average

Draught (mtrs)

4.65 m

Max. Speed (knots)

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

12 Yarrow boilers 4 shafts, 3 Parsons steam turbines. Rated at 31,000 shp

Armour Main Belt

2" waterline (51mm)

Deck Armour

0.375 - 1.5"

Turret Armour IN CM

Conning Tower Armour

4" (102 mm)

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

10 x single BL 5.5 in (140mm) Mk I guns

No. Primary Turrets

Guns (No.barrels)

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

Guns (No.barrels) 2

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

2 x single QF 3-pounder (47 mm or 1.9 in) anti-aircraft guns

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

21"

No. tubes

2

Torpedo Type MM

533 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources