HMS Carnarvon, Armoured Cruiser, 1904


Warships of the Royal Navy Steam 1892-1917

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Here shown in tropical paint scheme, Carnarvon was one of six Devonshire-class armoured cruisers built at the start of the 20th century. Devonshire Class cruisers were the improved successors to the Monmouth Class cruisers and were built for commerce protection. Built at William Bearmore & Co’s yard at Dalmuir on Clydeside, Glasgow she was launched on 7th October 1893 and commissioned in May 1905. From the Mediterranean Fleet in 1905 she joined the Atlantic Fleet in 1907 and the reserve Third Fleet in 1909. She transferred to 2nd Fleet, Devonport and became flagship to 5th Cruiser Squadron until WW I. In 1914 she was assigned to the Cape Verde Station to search for German commerce raiders while protecting British shipping. Transferred to the S Atlantic she joined the squadron that destroyed the German East Asia Squadron at the Battle of the Falklands on 8th December 1914. She struck a reef in 1915 and was repaired in Canada before joining West Indies station from where she protected shipping for the rest of the War. She was sold in 1921 and broken up in Germany.

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Weight 0.023 kg
Dimensions 44.5 × 33.8 cm