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Weymouth 1916 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Dartmouth A9, 52 402 Vickers, Barrow 19/2/1910 14/12/1910 10/1911 sold for BU 12/1930
Falmouth 90 498 Beardmore, Dalmuir 21/2/1910 20/9/1910 9/1911 sunk 19/8/1916
Weymouth 03, 0C 820 Armstrong, Elswick 19/1/1910 18/11/1910 10/1911 sold for BU 10/1928
Yarmouth 95, 1C, 72 348 London & Glasgow Co, Glasgow 27/1/1910 12/4/1911 4/1912 sold for BU 7/1929


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

5250

Displacement full, t

5800

Length, m

138.1

Breadth, m

14.6

Draught, m

4.70

No of shafts

Dartmouth, Falmouth, Weymouth: 4

Yarmouth: 2

Machinery

Dartmouth, Falmouth, Wemouth: 4 Parsons steam turbines, 12 Yarrow boilers

Yarmouth: 2 Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 12 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

22000

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

coal 1290 + oil 260

Endurance, nm(kts)4500(10)
Armour, mm

deck: 51 - 19, CT: 102, gun shields: 102

Armament

8 x 1 - 152/50 BL Mk XI, 4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 - 533 TT (beam, sub)

Complement

475



Standard scale images


<i>Weymouth</i> 1911
Weymouth 1911


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<i>Weymouth</i> 1916 <i>Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.</i>
Weymouth 1916 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.


Ship project history


The mixed armament of the Bristol class was soon recognised as unsatisfactory, and to remedy this the 'improved Bristol class' authorised under the 1909-1910 Estimates were given a uniform armament of 8 152mm. There were also complaints about the waist guns being unworkable in a seaway, and in the new cruisers the forecastle was extended aft and a bulwark enclosed the waist guns. In addition to the forecastle gun two more were carried at the same level p&s of the bridge, giving them much better command. The Weymouths were a great improvement over the Bristols and paved the way for even better ships. Being robust and well armed they saw widespread service and were retained in the post-war Fleet.

Ship protection


protective deck with slopes was 51mm thick over machinery and 19mm over other parts.

Modernizations


1915, all: + 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk I, topmasts were housed down or removed.

1917, all survived: received tripod foremast and director control.

1918, Weymouth, Yarmouth: + flying-off platform and 1 airplane

1918, Weymouth, Dartmouth: + 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk I

1918, Dartmouth: CT was removed.

1919, Weymouth, Yarmouth: - flying-off platform and plane

Naval service


Dartmouth was torpedoed by German submarine UC25 15/5/1917 but reached harbor and repaired, to reserve in June 1929. Falmouth was damaged by torpedo from submarine U66 19/8/1916 and was sunk by submarine U52 while towing next day in North sea. Weymouth was damaged by torpedo from Austrian submarine U28 2/10/1918, repaired, paid off in September 1927. Yarmouth was put on sales in November 1928.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.