HMS Delhi

Cruiser

The Ship


Broken up. 5 March 1948


HMS Delhi, built by Armstrong, launched 23/8/1918.

From May to December, 1941 Delhi was refitted as an anti-aircraft cruiser at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

With her new dual purpose main armament, she took part in a number of allied landings in the Mediterranean and was damaged by enemy action off Malta.

On 12 February 1945 she was attacked and heavily damaged by German motorboats in the harbour at Split, Croatia. She was patched up and returned to Britain, but in light of her age and her damage was paid off without comphrehensive repairs being undertaken.

On 22 January 1948 Delhi was sold for scrap to A.J. Cashmore and was broken up from March onwards in Newport.

25 Oct, 1939
The German merchant Rheingold (5055 GRT) is intercepted and captured south-east of Iceland in position 6400'N, 1140W by the British light cruiser HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN).

12 Nov, 1939
The German merchant Mecklenburg (7892 GRT) is intercepted east off Iceland in position 6309'N, 1138'W by the British light cruiser HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN). However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her crew.

20 Nov, 1942
HMS Delhi was bombed off Algiers. Her stern was blown off. She was under repair in Britain until April 1943.

She arrived at Newport for breaking up, 5/3/1948.

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