Allied Warships

HMS Caradoc (D 60)

Light cruiser of the Caledon class

HMS Caradoc in May 1942 after her U.S. refit

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantD 60 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered8 Dec 1915 
Laid down21 Feb 1916 
Launched23 Dec 1916 
Commissioned15 Jun 1917 
End service 

Became a base ship in April 1944.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 5 April 1946.
Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales in May 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Caradoc (D 60)

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1Capt. Eric William Longley Longley-Cook, RN31 Jul 19398 Jun 1940
2Capt. Jocelyn Slingsby Bethell, RN8 Jun 19408 Dec 1941
3Lt.Cdr. John Frederick Dehn Bowen, RN8 Dec 194117 Feb 1942
4Capt. John William Josselyn, DSC, RN17 Feb 19421 Jul 1943
5Cdr. Michael Everard, RN1 Jul 19438 Jul 1943
6A/Capt. Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RN8 Jul 19431 Apr 1944
7Capt. Addison Joe Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN1 Apr 1944early 1945
8T/A/Cdr. Kenneth Elphinstone Gain, RNVRearly 194523 Jul 1945
9Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN23 Jul 1945Sep 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).

4 May 1941
Around noon, HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN), turned over the escort of HMS Illustrious (Cdr. G.S. Tuck, RN) over to HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN).

HMS Caradoc and HMS Illustrious then continued on to Trinidad. HMS Dorsetshire set course for Freetown. (1)


  1. ADM 53/114133

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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