HMS LOWESTOFT

HMS LowestoftHMS Lowestoft, built by Chatham Dockyard, laid down July 1912, completed April 1914, launched 23rd April 1913. Sold for breaking up at Milford Haven, 8th January 1931. Size: Length 430 feet pp 457 feet overall, beam 50 feet, draught 16 feet, displacement 5,440 tons normal 6,040 tons deep. Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 25,000 shp, 25.5kts. Armour: 2in belt, 1.5-0.5in decks. Armament: 9 x 6in 45cal Mk XII (9 x 1), 4 x 3 pounder (4 x 1), 2 x 21in TT. Crew 480. War Service -

 

1st Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet.
August 1914: Sank a German merchant ship.
28 August 1914: Battle of Heligoland Bight.
24 January 1915: took part in Battle of Dogger Bank
February 1915: 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron.
1916: 8th Light Cruiser Squadron Mediterranean.
1931: Sold for scrap.

It was one of the so-called Birmingham Class Light Cruisers, named after its sister ship H.M.S. Birmingham - the others being H.M.S. Nottingham and H.M.S. Adelaide.

All would see service in World War I. In August 1914, Lowestoft would sink a German merchant ship and take part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, which saw three German cruisers and a torpedo boat sank in the vicinity of Germany's main naval base. In January 1915, Lowestoft would be involved in the Battle of the Dogger Bank, when the British Battle Cruiser Fleet intercepted their German counterparts and successfully sank the Blucher.

Apart from H.M.S. Nottingham, which was sunk by a German U-boat in 1916, the Birmingham Class cruisers were kept in naval service throughout the 1920s. Following decommissioning, H.M.S. Lowestoft was sold for scrap and broken up at Milford Haven on 8 January 1931.