Arethusa Class Cruiser (1934)

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Four of the minimalist Arethusa class light cruisers were completed in Britain between 1935 and 1937.

Overview of 4 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Arethusa Chatham Royal Dockyard 25 Jan, 1933 6 Mar, 1934 Broken up 1950
Aurora Portsmouth Royal Dockyard 23 Jul, 1935 20 Aug, 1936 Transferred 1948
Galatea Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company 2 Jun, 1933 9 Aug, 1934 Torpedoed 14 Dec, 1941
Penelope Harland & Wolff 30 May, 1934 15 Oct, 1935 Torpedoed 18 Feb, 1944

Design and Construction

Very similar to the Perth class cruisers, the Arethusas lacked "X" turrets, giving them six rather than eight 6-in guns in their main battery.


See Also

  • Wikipedia
  • Chesneau, Roger (editor) (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on and


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