Allied Warships

Heavy cruisers

The Baltimore class heavy cruiser USS Bremerton (CA 130) of the US Navy.

All Heavy cruiser classes

The list is divided by navy, then ordered by commissioned date of each class (oldest first).


French Navy

 Duquesne (2)1928 - 1928
 Suffren (4)1930 - 1932
 AlgĂ©rie (1)1934 - 1934

Royal Navy

 Cavendish (3)1919 - 1925
 Kent (7)1928 - 1928
 London (4)1929 - 1943
 Dorsetshire (2)1930 - 1930
 York (2)1930 - 1931

US Navy

 Pensacola (2)1929 - 1930
 Northampton (6)1930 - 1931
 Portland (2)1932 - 1933
 New Orleans (7)1934 - 1937
 Wichita (1)1939 - 1939
 Baltimore (14)1943 - 1946

Soviet Navy

 Kirov (Project 26) (2)1938 - 1940
 Maxim Gorkiy (Project 26-bis) (4)1940 - 1944

16 ship classes.

Please note that we list the classes by navies that initiated/owned the class. Often vessels of certain classes were then built for other nations (or lent), those ships are not visible here but only through the navies pages or by looking into each class.

War losses: Heavy cruisers



Royal Navy18 May 1940HMS Effingham (D 98)Cavendish 


Royal Navy26 Mar 1941HMS York (90)York 


Royal Navy1 Mar 1942HMS Exeter (68)York 
US Navy1 Mar 1942USS Houston (i) (CA 30)Northampton 
Royal Navy5 Apr 1942HMS Cornwall (56)Kent 
Royal Navy5 Apr 1942HMS Dorsetshire (40)Dorsetshire 
Royal Australian Navy9 Aug 1942HMAS Canberra (D 33)Kent 
US Navy9 Aug 1942USS Astoria (i) (CA 34)New Orleans 
US Navy9 Aug 1942USS Quincy (i) (CA 39)New Orleans 
US Navy9 Aug 1942USS Vincennes (i) (CA 44)New Orleans 
French Navy27 Nov 1942FR ColbertSuffren 
French Navy27 Nov 1942FR FochSuffren 
US Navy1 Dec 1942USS Northampton (CA 26)Northampton 


US Navy30 Jan 1943USS Chicago (i) (CA 29)Northampton 


US Navy30 Jul 1945USS Indianapolis (CA 35)Portland 

15 Heavy cruisers lost. See all Allied Warship losses.

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Left for dead

Pete Nelson

Books dealing with this subject include:

Abandon Ship!, Newcomb, Richard F., 2000
The Battle of Tassafaronga, Russell Syndnor Crenshaw, 2010
Battle to Save the Houston, Miller, John Grider, 2000
The Heavy Cruiser Takao, Skulski, Janusz, 1994
In Harm's Way, Stanton, Doug, 2001
The Iron Pirate, Reeman, Douglas, 1987
Left for dead, Pete Nelson, 2003
Ordeal by Sea, Helm, Thomas, 2001
The Bode Testament, Sandy Shanks, 2001
The Tragic Fate of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lech, Raymond B., 2001

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