HMS Glasgow (1909)

Glasgow anchored in Valparaiso, Chile, c.October, 1914. Photo in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

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This is the HMS Glasgow, a Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. Launched in just six months, Glasgow commissioned in 1910, and spent the next few years patrolling South American waters. In 1914, she captured a German merchant ship, and hunting raiders. She participated in the Battle of Coronel on 1 November, 1914, against Admiral Spee's East Asian Squadron, escaping with moderate damage, despite being shot at with 600+ shells. She got payback in the Battle of the Falklands the next month, helping to sink the German cruiser Leipzig. After tracking down the cruiser SMS Dresden in March, Glasgow spent most of the War hunting German shipping off South America. She returned home for a major refit in January, 1918, and was sent to the Mediterranean in July. She covered the bombardment of Durazzo in October. Glasgow returned to England in 1919, and was placed in reserve the following year. She was used as a training ship from 1922-26, and sold for scrap in 1927.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Glasgow is one of the few ships to have a mountain named after her, rather than the other way around: Mt. Glasgow in Alberta, Canada.