Saturday, 27 May 2017

British light cruiser HMS Galatea launched according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine Schiff dated 1 October 1934 that the British 5.200 ton light cruiser Galatea was launched on 9 August 1934. Dimensions 146,3 x 15,55 x 4,22 metres. The armament consisted of 6-15,2cm/5.98” guns, 4-10,2/4”cm guns, smaller anti aircraft guns and 6-53,3cm/20.09” torpedo tubes. To carry one plane for which she was fitted out with a catapult. Part of the bulkheads and lower decks were electrically welded. Machinery consisted of 4 turbines situated in 2 engine rooms delivering 54.000hp and 4 Yarrow boilers with super heaters and 24,25 atmosphere also divided over 2 boiler rooms. A similar although separate boiler was to be used as donkey boiler when she was lying in the harbour. Four screws at full speed turning 350rpm.(1)

1. Laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland on 2 June 1933, launched on 9 August 1934, commissioned on 14 August 1935 and sunk by the German submarine U-557 off Alexandria, Egypt on 14 December 1941. Of the Arethusa-class.