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HMS Dunedin

Dauntless Class Light Cruiser

October 1938
October 1938
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 Built by Armstrong. Laid Down November 1917.

Launched 19 November 1918. Completed October 1919.

Sunk by U124 24 November 1941 while on lone patrol between Pernambuco and St Paul's rocks.

entering Portsmouth harbour - probably prewar
entering Portsmouth harbour - probably prewar
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an impressive pic - northern patrol winter 1939
an impressive pic - northern patrol winter 1939
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Feb 1940 - off Bermuda
Feb 1940 - off Bermuda
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intercepting the German supply ship Lothringen in the South Atlantic
intercepting the German supply ship Lothringen in the South Atlantic
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The last known photo, leaving Freetown summer 1941 - soon afterwards she was sunk by a U-boat
The last known photo, leaving Freetown summer 1941 - soon afterwards she was sunk by a U-boat
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Dunedin joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, in 1919, and then in May 1924 was loaned to the New Zealand Division, replacing Chatham until 1937, with a refit in 1931/32. After her relief by Leander on 29 March 1937 she returned to RN control to spend the years up to the outbreak of war in reserve and training duties. In August 1939 the ship was with the 12th Cruiser Squadron in the Home Fleet and, in September, with the llth Cruiser Squadron in the Orkneys and Shetlands Command. She spent the remainder of the year on the Northern Patrol, then went to the America and West Indies Station in 1940. This ship was another of the class to obtain a good score against enemy merchantmen in distant waters, both Hannover and Heidelberg falling victim to her in the Windward Passage in March 1940. She blockaded Vichy Martinique in June/July 1940. In December she formed part of the escort for convoy WS5a at the time of the attack by Admiral Hipper, but did not get into action. In 1941 she served in the South Atlantic. On 15 June 1941 she captured the German Lothringen in the central Atlantic, in the wake of the Bismarck operation. This was followed, on 22 June, by the Vichy French Ville de Rouen off Natal, and then on 30 June she captured the Ville de Tamative east of the St Paul's rocks. Dunedin was earmarked in July as the second AA conversion following the prototype, Dehli, but this was never carried out because she was torpedoed and sunk by U124 on 24 November 1941, while on lone patrol between Pernambuco and St Paul's rocks.

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