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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Arethusa Class. HMS Arethusa, HMS Galatea, HMS Penelope, HMS Aurora including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Arethusa Class cruisers.

 

Displacement: 5,220 tons (Arethusa & Galatea),  5,270 tons (Penelope & Aurora)   Speed: 32kt    Complement: 450

Armament: Six 6 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in pairs.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes and 1 aircraft (no aircraft on Aurora).

HMS Arethusa 6th March 1934 Broken up 1950.
HMS Aurora 20th August 1936 Sold to China 1948.
HMS Galatea 9th August 1934 Sunk 14th December 1941.
HMS Penelope 15th October 1935 Sunk 18th February 1944.

HMS Arethusa

HMS Arethusa, 1935.

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HMS Arethusa, with HMS Leander, laid up, August 1948.

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HMS Arethusa pictured February 1937 with sea plane on her catapult. 

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HMS Arethusa, at breakers, August 1950.

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HMS Galatea

HMS Galatea, May 1937.

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HMS Galatea, May 1937.

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HMS Galatea pictured in September 1936 at Malta.  

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HMS Galatea. 

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HMS Penelope

HMS Penelope, fitting out, 1936.

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HMS Penelope, fitting out, 1936.

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HMS Penelope, 1936.

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HMS Penelope, 1936. 

HMS Penelope.

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Reginald Jenkyn of HMS Penelope.

Died in action 18th February 1944 when HMS Penelope was sunk off Naples.

Courtesy of his son, Adrian.

 

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HMS GALATEA.

My dad was one of the Republican Soldiers picked up at Gandia(Spain) by HMS Galatea in 1939. From there he and a number of other Republican Soldiers were all taken to England. I would appreciate any info associated with this cruiser in relation to its official duty in relation to orders given to the Captain to pick a 'Colonel Casado'. I also think that the 'Galatea' had to off-load a couple of hundred captured Italian Nationalist troops as part of the bargain! Any files, records or witnesses gratly appreciated.  pedroaperez@ntlworld.com 

HMS PENELOPE

E. H. DAVIES..  I am trying to locate information on E.H. Davies who may have served on either HMS King George V, HMS Jervis or HMS Penelope during WWII.  I inherited oil paintings of these ships painted by him for my grandfather, Geoff Davies (who I believe served with him, I don't think they were related).  Unfortunately, my grandfather died 20 years ago and I have no further information except that I remember him saying he served on the Arctic convoys going to Murmansk.  I would greatly appreciate any information about either man.  Contact Here 

During the Second World War my Father served on HMS Penelope and spent a lot of time in Malta.  We are doing some research as we would like to take him to Malta for his 80th birthday in May.  However we would like this to be a surprise, hence the questions.    Please can you tell me whereabouts the naval base was?   We would appreciate any information you can send to us.             contact here  

JOHN (JACK) LITTLETON.. I am trying to research my father's service record in WW2. He was a gun layer in Y turret during 1940/41 until injured in Malta. He seems to have been posted around the Med and N. Africa returning to Home Fleet for D-Day. Any information appreciated, contact Mark at littletongray@aol.com 

HMS ARETHUSA.. I am trying to research what happened to HMS Arethusa on or about the 18th November 1942, as one of my relatives serving on her died that day. I have also seen that another rating died that day too. I would be grateful for any information you can give. Contact Chloe Dolan at Kieran.dolan@btopenworld.com 

ALBERT HULSTROM. My father was a CPO (stores) on HMS Aurora. he was very proud of the ship. sadly he died 5 years ago after attending only 2 re-unions. Even sadder he never met any of his old ship mates at the re unions. Does anyone out there remember my father. please contact me Bob Hulstrom at millfield@dial.pipex.com 

 

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