HMS Concord (1916)

HMS Concord was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw service during the First World War. She was part of the Centaur group of the C class.

Concord and a sister ship, Cardiff,
in Copenhagen in December 1918
United Kingdom
Class and type: C-class light cruiser
Name: HMS Concord
Builder: Vickers Limited
Laid down: 1 February 1915
Launched: 1 April 1916
Completed: December 1916
Commissioned: December 1916
Decommissioned: July 1923
Recommissioned: May 1924
Decommissioned: October 1927
Recommissioned: 1928
Decommissioned: January 1933
Fate: Sold August 1935 for scrapping
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 3,750 tons
Length: 446 ft (136 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draught: 14.6 ft (4.5 m)
  • Parsons turbines
  • Eight Yarrow boilers
  • Four propellers
  • 40,000 shp
Speed: 28.5 knots (52.8 km/h)
Range: carried 300 tons (824 tons maximum) of fuel oil
Complement: 329-336
  • 3 inch side (amidships)
  • 2¼-1¼ inch side (bows)
  • 2-2½ inch side (stern)
  • 1 inch upper decks (amidships)
  • 1 inch deck over rudder


The Ottoman Empire had ordered a pair of scout cruisers in 1914. When the First World War started, construction was halted. A considerable amount of material had already been prepared, and much of this was used in the construction of HMS Concord and her sister HMS Centaur. Built by Vickers Limited, Concord was laid down in February 1915 and launched on 1 April 1916.

Service history

World War I

Upon being commissioned into the Royal Navy in December 1916, Concord was assigned to the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, which operated as part of Harwich Force in the North Sea to defend the eastern approaches to the Strait of Dover and English Channel. She remained in the squadron through the end of the war in November 1918 and until March 1919.[1] After the Armistice she visited the Baltic, where her duties included a courtesy visit with Cardiff to Copenhagen in December 1918, and liberating British prisoners of war from Danzig on 25 December 1918 and from Stettin on 1 January 1919.


Concord recommissioned in October 1919 at Devonport for service in the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean Fleet, recommissioning in August 1921 to continue this duty until July 1923, when she was decommissioned.[1]

After undergoing a refit at Devonport, Concord recommissioned in May 1924 to return to the Mediterranean Fleet for more duty with the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron. In 1925 she was attached to the Australian Station (where she replaced HMAS Brisbane),[2][3] then from 1925 to 1926 to the China Station. She returned to the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean in 1926, remaining in service there until decommissioned, transferred to the Reserve Fleet, and placed in reserve at Portsmouth in October 1927. She returned to service to transport troops to China in February 1928, and from October to November 1928 underwent a refit. She then was assigned to the Signals School at Portsmouth, remaining in service there until January 1933.[1] After the death of the exiled King Manuel II of Portugal, she transported his coffin to Lisbon, Portugal, on 2 August 1932.

Concord was decommissioned in January 1933 and placed under dockyard control.[1]


Concord was placed on the sale list in November 1934 and was sold in August 1935 for scrapping.[1] She arrived at the yards of Metal Industries of Rosyth, Scotland, on 16 September 1935 to be broken up.


  1. Gardiner, Robert, ed., Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1906–1921, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1985, ISBN 0-87021-907-3, OCLC 423834653, LCCN 84-42782, p. 60, (preview of 2006 reprint).
  2. "H.M.S. Concord in Sydney Harbour". The Australasian. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 9 May 1925. p. 42. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. "H.M.S. CONCORD". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 13 January 1925. p. 4. Retrieved 7 May 2014.


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