Allied Warships

HMS Capetown (D 88)

Light cruiser of the Carlisle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantD 88 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
OrderedJun 1917 
Laid down23 Feb 1918 
Launched28 Jun 1919 
Commissioned10 Apr 1922 
End service 

HMS Capetown was completed by Pembroke Dockyard.

HMS Capetown is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List

Sold on 5 April 1946.
Scrapped by T.W. Ward arriving at Preston on 2 June 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Capetown (D 88)

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1Capt. Terence Hugh Back, RN31 Jul 19393 Nov 1940
2Capt. Percival Henry Gwynne James, RN3 Nov 194019 Jun 1941
3Lt.Cdr. (retired) Henry Hutchinson Robson, RN19 Jun 194124 Sep 1941
4Capt. Percival Henry Gwynne James, RN24 Sep 194117 Nov 1942
5Lt.Cdr. (retired) Henry Hutchinson Robson, RN20 Dec 1941

6Lt.Cdr. (retired) Henry Hutchinson Robson, RN8 Nov 1942

7Capt. George Eric Maxia O’Donnell, DSO, RN17 Nov 194228 Dec 1942
8Capt. Charles Livingston Robertson, RN28 Dec 194227 Aug 1943

9A/Capt. (retired) Henry Freston Nash, RN17 Apr 1944late 1944

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Notable events involving Capetown include:

6 Apr 1941
HMS Cape town (Capt. P.H.G. James, RN) was torpedoed and damaged off Massawa, Eritrea by the Italian motor torpedo boat MAS 213 and brought into Port Sudan under tow by the Australian sloop HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN) only with difficulty. She spent about a year under repair at Bombay, India.

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