HMS Cordelia

HMS Cordelia was a Caroline class light cruiser that spent the First World War with the Grand Fleet, as part of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron from January 1915-1917 and then the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron from 1917 until April 1919.

HMS Cordelia at a buoy
HMS Cordelia at a buoy

During 1915-16 she was based at Rosyth, under the overall command of Commodore Goodenough. She took part in the hunt for the German minelayer Meteor in August 1915, and in the battle of Jutland.

At Jutland her squadron was part of the battle cruiser fleet under Admiral Beatty. During the battle cruiser phase of the battle she was engaged in a fight with the German light cruisers. When Jellicoe lost touch with the German battleships after Scheer’s second turn away, the squadron was sent out in an attempt to recover contact, but without much success.

After the war HMS Cordelia served with the Devonport Gunnery School. From 1920-22 she was part of the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron of the Atlantic Fleet, before entering the Nore Reserve, where she remained until 1930.

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed


Armour – deck


 - belt


 - conning tower





Two 6in Mk XII guns
Eight 4in quick firing Mk IV guns
One 13pdr anti-aircraft gun
Four 3pdr guns
Four 21in above-water torpedo tubes

Crew complement



23 February 1914


January 1915

Sold for break up



A. V. Vyvyan (1915)
T. P. H. Beamish (1916)

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (24 October 2007), HMS Cordelia ,

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