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HMS Liverpool (C11)

Gloucester Class Light Cruiser

leaving Mare Island October 41, after repairs
leaving Mare Island October 41, after repairs
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Built by Fairfield, Govan. Laid Down 17 February 1936.

Launched 24 March 1937. Completed 2 November 1938.

Torpedoed 14/10/40 SE of Crete - repaired Mare Island 6/41 - 11/41. Torpedoed 14/6/42 NE of Philippeville - repaired Rosyth 8/42 - 7/45.

Paid off 1952. Broken up by McLellan, Bo'ness, 1958.

Liverpool was a member of the 4th Cruiser Squadron in the East Indies in 1939, but in mid-November was transferred to the 5th Cruiser Squadron in the China Sea. On 20 May 1940 she was again transferred, this time to the Mediterranean, where, eight days later, she was part of the cruiser force which sank the Italian destroyer Espero, Liverpool receiving one 4.7in shell hit. On 29 July she was hit by a bomb which caused minor damage, but on 14 October an aerial torpedo from an Italian aircraft caused severe damage and blew the roof off A turret. Temporary repairs carried out at Alexandria lasted until April 1941, when the ship sailed to Mare Island, California, for full repairs. It was January 1942 before she was again operational, and in March she joined the 18th Cruiser Squadron at Scapa Flow for Arctic convoy duties. However, Liverpool sailed for the Mediterranean again on 5 June 1942 for Operation Harpoon, a resupply convoy to Malta. On 14 June she was hit by an aerial torpedo on the starboard side abreast the after engine room, which totally disabled the ship. She was towed into Gibraltar and patched up for passage to Rosyth, where she arrived in July, but her repair was not pressed and, despite having had her repairs completed by July 1943, Liverpool remained out of service until May 1944, then being reduced to care and maintenance. She saw no further war service, but recommissioned to join the 15th Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean in October 1945. She remained in commission on this station for seven years, with the 15th and 1st Cruiser Squadrons, mostly as flagship, until paid off in April 1952. After being listed for disposal she was handed over to BISCO and allocated for scrapping in 1958. Towed from Portsmouth on 27 June, she arrived at the Bo'ness yard of McLellan Ltd for breaking up on 2 July 1958.

There is a colour Video clip of Liverpool on the video page.

entering Valetta harbour - 1938
entering Valetta harbour - 1938
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Malta - 1939
Malta - 1939
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the bow of Liverpool after being hit by an Italian aerial torpedo 14th October 1940. Petroleum stowage exploded. The roof of A turret was blown off and she was taken in tow, stern first by HMS Orion. The bow broke of later - see photo below.
the bow of Liverpool after being hit by an Italian aerial torpedo 14th October 1940. Petroleum stowage exploded. The roof of A turret was blown off and she was taken in tow, stern first by HMS Orion. The bow broke of later - see photo below.
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the following series of pics shows the damage, being towed by Orion stern first, the bows breaking off, and the remains of the bow compartments after arriving in port.
the following series of pics shows the damage, being towed by Orion stern first, the bows breaking off, and the remains of the bow compartments after arriving in port.
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minus bows - en route to Mare Island, California, for full repairs. She was out of action until January 1942.
minus bows - en route to Mare Island, California, for full repairs. She was out of action until January 1942.
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in dock - a good view of the damage after loosing her bow
in dock - a good view of the damage after loosing her bow
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gun turret has now been removed
gun turret has now been removed
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nice photo, early 1942
nice photo, early 1942
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14 June 1942 after being hit by an air launched torpedo during the Malta convoy Operation Harpoon - she was under repair for the rest of the war
14 June 1942 after being hit by an air launched torpedo during the Malta convoy Operation Harpoon - she was under repair for the rest of the war
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looking aft from multiple pom-pom - February 1946
looking aft from multiple pom-pom - February 1946
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postwar
postwar
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awaiting breaking up - Bowness 1958
awaiting breaking up - Bowness 1958
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