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HMS "Bristol"

The cruiser HMS Bristol in the Barclay, Curle & Co's Elderslie dry dock. The ship provided a suitably patriotic subject for the firm's advertisement in the Commercial year book of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Manufactures in 1915. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 resulted a boom in ship repairing. Between 1914 and 1918, the company (which had acquired the Elderslie dock from John Shearer & Co in 1912) repaired 1,000 ships in dry docks, and 2,244 ships afloat.

HMS Bristol was the name-ship of the Royal Navy's Bristol-class of light cruiser. She was launched at Clydebank by John Brown & Co in 1910 and displaced 4,800 tons, carried two 6-inch and ten 4-inch guns as well as a crew of 376 and was capable of 27 knots. She was in the West Indies at the outbreak of the war and was the first British ship to see action, engaging the German raider Karlsruhe which used her superior speed to escape. In December 1914 she took part in the Battle of the Falkland Islands, which resulted in the destruction of most of Germany's East Asiatic Squadron.

Reference: Mitchell Library, G 381

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
Barclay, Curle & Co, Battle of the Falkland Islands, cruisers, dry docks, Elderslie dry dock, First World War, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, HMS Bristol, John Brown & Co, Royal Navy, ship repair docks, ship repairers, ship repairing, ships, shipyards, Sir John Shearer & Co



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