HMS Blonde

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HMS Blonde was the name ship of the Blonde class of scout cruisers. She was designed to operate with destroyer flotillas, and did spend 1911-1912 in the Mediterranean as Senior Officer’s ship of the Seventh Flotilla, but by 1912 she was already at least 2.5 knots slower than the majority of destroyers.

During the First World War she served with the Grand Fleet, and was attached to a variety of Battle Squadrons, beginning with the Fourth Battle Squadron. She was no longer with that squadron by the summer of 1916, and missed the battle of Jutland. In September 1917 she was given the capacity to lay mines, but didn’t actually do so.

Displacement (loaded)

3,850t

Top Speed

24.5kts

Armour – deck

1.5in

 - conning tower

4in

Length

405ft

Armaments

Ten 4in 50 calibre Mk VIII guns
Four 3pdr guns
Two 21in deck mounted torpedo tubes, port and starboard

Crew complement

314

Launched

22 July 1910

Completed

May 1911

Sold for break up

May 1920

Captains

A.C. Scott (1915)

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (19 September 2007), HMS Blonde , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_HMS_Blonde.html

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