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Name: EDINBURGH
Type: Cruiser
Keel: 30/12/1936
Launched: 31/03/1938
Completed: 06/07/1939
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1537
Dimensions: 9700disp - 13175disp, 579.0 x 66.0 x 21.3(draft)ft
Engines: 4 x Steam turbines, Parsons type, SR geared, 81631shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 4 x Screws, 32.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 4 x 3 x 6.0ins, 6 x 2 x 4.0ins, 2 x 8 x 2pdr, 2 x 4 x 0.5ins guns;
2 x 3 x 21.0ins torpedoes; 1 x depth charge rail; 2 or 3 x seaplanes
History:
06/07/1939 British Royal Navy
02/05/1942 Sank
Comments: Member of the Town Class of Light Cruisers
30/04/1942: Torpedoed twice, including the stern, by U-Boat U456 whilst she was
covering a convoy from Murmank to UK. Steering gear destroyed.
Taken in tow to Murmansk, but continually attacked by German destroyers & aircraft.
02/05/1942: Torpedoed again. Crew transferred & then scuttled 150 miles N of Murmansk
She was carrying 465 gold ingots, a part payment from the USSR for armaments received
04/1981: Wreck located about 250 miles NNE of the Kola Inlet at a depth of 800 ft
07/10/1981: In a salvage operation, 431 gold ingots worth 43m recovered from the wreck.
1986: A further 29 gold ingots recovered, leaving only 5 unaccounted for.


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