HMS Constance (1915)

HMS Constance was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw service in World War I. She was part of the Cambrian group of the C class.

HMS Constance departing Devonport in March 1919.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Constance
Builder: Cammell Laird
Laid down: 25 January 1915
Launched: 12 September 1915
Completed: January 1916
Commissioned: January 1916
Decommissioned: March 1931
Fate: Sold 8 June 1936 for scrapping
General characteristics
Class and type: C-class light cruiser
Displacement: 3,750 tons
Length: 446 ft (136 m)
Beam: 41.5 ft (12.6 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
  • Two Parsons turbines
  • Eight Yarrow boilers
  • Four propellers
  • 40,000 shp (29,828 kW)
Speed: 28.5 knots (53 km/h)
Range: carried 420 tons (841 tons maximum) of fuel oil
Complement: 323
  • 3 inch side (amidships)
  • 2¼-1½ inch side (bows)
  • 2½ - 2 inch side (stern)
  • 1 inch upper decks (amidships)
  • 1 inch deck over rudder


Constance was laid down on 25 January 1915, launched on 12 September 1915, and completed in January 1916.[1]

Service history

World War I

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy in January 1916, Constance was assigned to the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet from her commissioning until 1919, taking part in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May-1 June 1916.[1]


After the conclusion of World War I, Constance was assigned to the 8th Light Cruiser Squadron on the North American and West Indies Station from 1919 to 1926, recommissioning at Devonport in January 1923 to continue this service. From September 1926 to December 1927, she underwent a refit at Chatham Dockyard, becoming the flagship of the Portsmouth Reserve upon its completion. She was assigned to the 5th Cruiser Squadron on the China Station from 1928 to November 1930.[1]

In March 1931, Constance was decommissioned, transferred to the Reserve Fleet, and placed in reserve at Portsmouth, remaining in reserve there until July 1935.[1]


Constance was sold in January 1936[1] or on 8 June 1936[2] (sources differ) to Arnott Young, of Dalmuir, Scotland, to be scrapped.


  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. 59, (preview of 2006 reprint).
  2. Colledge, J. J., Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of All Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy From the Fifteenth Century to the Present, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87021-652-X, p. 89.


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