HMS Effingham (D 98)
Light cruiser of the Cavendish class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Portsmouth Dockyard (Portsmouth, U.K.): Harland & Wolff (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Laid down||2 Apr 1917|
|Launched||8 Jun 1921|
|Commissioned||2 Jul 1925|
|Lost||18 May 1940|
|Loss position||67° 17'N, 13° 58'E|
In 1937 HMS Effingham was extensively refitted and re-armed as a light cruiser. Her 7.5-inch guns were replaced by nine 6-inch and her single 4-inch AA guns by twin mountings. Her two funnels were replaced by one, unraked, to give her an appearance markedly similar to that of the later Leander class.
On 18 May 1940 HMS Effingham (Capt. John Montagu Howson, RN) was carrying the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, as well as other troops, from Ankenes to Bodo.
Commands listed for HMS Effingham (D 98)
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|1||Capt. John Montagu Howson, RN||17 Apr 1939||18 May 1940|
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Noteable events involving Effingham include:
4 Sep 1939
Allocated to the Northern Patrol in the 12th Cruiser Sqn, then escorted North Atlantic convoys until the end of the year.
Transported ?2 millions in gold to Halifax, Canada. Due to her high endurance she was then attached to the Atlantic hunting groups searching for German raiders.
Moved to the North Sea for the Norwegian campaign. She was missed by U-38 in April. Employed in shelling German positions in and around Narvik until mid-May.