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HMS Jamaica (C44)

Fiji Class Light Cruiser

looking aft, the liner Queen Mary in the background, 1942
looking aft, the liner Queen Mary in the background, 1942
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Built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow. Laid Down 28 April 1938.

Launched 16 November 1940. Completed 29 June 1942.

Paid off 1957. Broken up by Arnott Young, Dalmuir, 1960 and Troon 1962.

Jamaica spent almost her entire wartime career on Arctic convoy duties, except for a deployment south for the landings in North Africa in November 1942, where she was member of the Centre Task Force. At the end of December 1943 she participated in the action against Scharnhorst off North Cape, and in 1944 interspersed the Russian convoys with escorting the carrier raids against the Norwegian coast. Postwar she went to the 5th Cruiser Squadron in the East Indies from September 1945 to 1946, followed by the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the same station until November 1947. Between August 1948 and 1949 she was on the America and West Indies Station, 8th Cruiser Squadron, and was then loaned to the 5th Cruiser Squadron in the Far East for the Korean War, returning home on 27 February 1951. She was in reserve between 1951 and 1953, refitted 1953/54, then served with the Home and Mediterranean Fleets until laid up in the Gairloch on 20 November 1957. Sold for scrapping to Arnott Young Ltd, she arrived at Dalmuir for breaking up on 20 December 1960, the hull being finished at Truon in 1962.

nice view taken from the ship's Walrus around 1943
nice view taken from the ship's Walrus around 1943
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Portsmouth, September 1943
Portsmouth, September 1943
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Arctic escorting Russian convoys
Arctic escorting Russian convoys
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1943/44 - thought to be taken off Iceland
1943/44 - thought to be taken off Iceland
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Jamaica - anyone know when ?
Jamaica - anyone know when ?
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