HMS Caradoc (D 60)
Light cruiser of the Caledon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||8 Dec 1915|
|Laid down||21 Feb 1916|
|Launched||23 Dec 1916|
|Commissioned||15 Jun 1917|
Became a base ship in April 1944.
Commands listed for HMS Caradoc (D 60)
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|1||Capt. Eric William Longley Longley-Cook, RN||31 Jul 1939||8 Jun 1940|
|2||Capt. Jocelyn Slingsby Bethell, RN||8 Jun 1940||8 Dec 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Dehn Bowen, RN||8 Dec 1941||17 Feb 1942|
|4||Capt. John William Josselyn, DSC, RN||17 Feb 1942||1 Jul 1943|
|5||Cdr. Michael Everard, RN||1 Jul 1943||8 Jul 1943|
|6||A/Capt. Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RN||8 Jul 1943||1 Apr 1944|
|7||Capt. Addison Joe Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN||1 Apr 1944||early 1945|
|8||T/A/Cdr. Kenneth Elphinstone Gain, RNVR||early 1945||23 Jul 1945|
|9||Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN||23 Jul 1945||Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Caradoc include:
23 Oct 1939
The British light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, RN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) intercept the German tanker Emmy Friedrich (4372 GRT) in the Yukatan Strait west of Tampico. When the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN) also arrived on the scene the Germans scuttled their own ship to prevent her capture.
11 Dec 1940
HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) intercepts the German blockade breaker Rhein (6031 GRT, built 1926) west of the Florida Strait in position 24°55'N, 83°15'W. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her own crew. The wreck is sunk later that day by the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN).
HMS Caradoc and HMS Illustrious then continued on to Trinidad. HMS Dorsetshire set course for Freetown. (1)
- ADM 53/114133
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.