HMS Centaur

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Centaur

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Original Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Company, High Walker

Original Yard No: 888

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Vessel Type: cruiser

GRT: 3750

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Arrival Date: 06/03/1934

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'C'-Class Light Cruiser HMS Centaur


24-01-1915  :  Laid Down

06-01-1916  :  Launched

Augst 1916  :  Completed


Tonnage  :  3,750 tons


Dimensions  :  136 m  x  13 m  x  4.5 m


Complement  :  329 – 336


Propulsion  :  Parsons Steam Turbines driving quaduple screwshafts with steam from 8 x Yarrow Boilers

Power        :  40,000 SHP

Speed         :  28.5 knots


Armaments :  5 x 6 inch Deck Guns : 2 x 3 inch Deck Guns :  2 x 2-pounder Guns :  1 x machine gun :  2 x 21" T.T.


On being commissioned into the Royal Navy, HMS Centaur was assigned to the 5th Light Cruiser Flotilla operating with the Harwich Force defending the Eastern approaches to the English Channel. 

On 05-06-1917 she sank the German Torpedo Boat S 20 in the Channel.


On 13-06-1918, she was damaged by a mine but survived the War.  Served as Commodore (D) Atlantic Fleet from 1925 through 1932.  Placed in Reserve at Portsmouth in 1932.


Considered to be obselete, she was sold in February 1934 to the West of Scootland Shipbreaking Company of Troon, where she arrived on 6th March 1934.