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SOUTHAMPTON

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Light Cruiser

Nickname

Ship Class

Town class (Chatham sub-class)

Grouping

2nd Light Cruiser Squadron

Command

Battle-cruiser Fleet

Builder's Yard

Vickers Maxim, Barrow

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

6 April 1911

Launch Date

16 May 1912

Completed date

Commission date

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

Eventual Fate

Sold, 13 July 1926

Jutland result

Served as the flagship of 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron. During the battle she relayed back the vital intelligence to Beatty that 16 German dreadnoughts had been spotted. This caused Beatty to reverse course and start the run to the North whoch eventually brought Hipper and Scheer to Jellicoe's main battle fleet. In the later actions she torpedoed the German light cruiser SMS Frauenlob (she sank later). Took 18 x 4.1" hits and 2 x 5" during the battle.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Commodore William E. "Barge" Goodenough, M.V.O., A.D.C.

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

Officers

Ratings

Killed

29

Wounded

60

Prisoners

89

Displacement full Load (tons)

5,400 long tons

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

430 ft P.P. (457 ft O.A.)

Length (mtrs)

131.1 (139.3 OA)

Beam (ft)

49 ft

Beam (mtrs)

14.9

Draught (ft)

16 average

Draught (mtrs)

4.9

Max. Speed (knots)

25.5

Range (miles)

5,130 (4,460 NM) at 10 knots

Range (kilometres)

8,260 at 10 knots

Fuel

Propulsion

2 shaft, Parsons steam turbines, 12 Yarrow boilers giving 25,000m hp.

Armour Main Belt

2" at waterline

Deck Armour

0.375 – 1.5"

Turret Armour IN CM

Conning Tower Armour

4"

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

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

8 x single BL 6" Mk XI guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

4 single QF 3 pdr

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

155

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

21"

No. tubes

2

Torpedo Type MM

533 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources

A very good read of Southampton's role at Jutland can be found in "A Naval Lieutenant 1914-1918" written by "Etienne" Methuen, 1919.