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HMS York

York Class Heavy Cruiser

1933
1933
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Built by Palmers, Jarrow. Laid Down 16 May 1927.

Launched 17 July 1928. Completed 1 May 1930.

Disabled by Italian explosive motor boats from destroyers Crispi and Sella, 26 March 1941 while lying in Suda Bay, Crete. Wrecked by demolition charges on the evacuation and abandoned 22 May 1941. Salvaged and scrapped 1952.

York spent a number of years on the America and West Indies Station before the war, with the 8th Cruiser Squadron, but was detached to the Mediterranean between September 1935 and the spring of 1936 as a result of the Abyssinian crisis. However, she was on the America Station in September 1939. Her initial duties involved providing the ocean escort to the first Atlantic convoys from Halifax, Nova Scotia. In October 1939 she became part of Force F at Halifax, with Berwick, when raider hunting groups were formed. On 3 March 1940 she intercepted the blockade runner Arucas in the Denmark Straits. By the following month she had returned to the Home Fleet and was scheduled to carry troops to Norway (Operation Wilfred). She participated in the Norwegian campaign, then was attached to the Home Fleet. In the summer of 1940 she was transferred to the Mediterranean and was based at Malta and Alexandria with the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. On 13 October she finished off the damaged Artigliere after the latter's action with Ajax. For the remainder of her career in this theatre she escorted Malta Convoys, carried troops to Greece and operated in the eastern Basin. Finally, on 26 March 1941, she was hit by Italian explosive motor boats launched from the destroyers Crispi and Sella while she was lying in Suda Bay, Crete. Badly damaged, the ship was beached in shallow water. She was later wrecked by demolition charges on the evacuation of the island, and abandoned on 22 May.

1936 - limited modifications were made before her loss
1936 - limited modifications were made before her loss
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nice profile photo
nice profile photo
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York, prewar
York, prewar
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in the USA pre-war
in the USA pre-war
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October 1940 east of Malta - the Italian destroyer Artigliere sunk by York after being damaged by Ajax
October 1940 east of Malta - the Italian destroyer Artigliere sunk by York after being damaged by Ajax
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nice pic - 1941
nice pic - 1941
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Suda Bay - York is in the centre, aground after the attack
Suda Bay - York is in the centre, aground after the attack
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the damage after being hit by an explosive motor boat - Suda Bay
the damage after being hit by an explosive motor boat - Suda Bay
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spring 1942 with the Italian destroyer escort Sirio alongside
spring 1942 with the Italian destroyer escort Sirio alongside
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