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HMS Berwick

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Cruiser

1924 Laid down in the Vickers Fairfield yard at Govan during November

Took part in a transatlantic race with several other cruisers - HMS Cornwall, HMS Drake, HMS Essex, HMS Bedford, HMS Cumberland[1]. Despite the handicap of using partly American coal (rather than Welsh coal), the Drake reached the finish line at Gibraltar 1600 yards ahead of the Berwick, at average speed of 18.5 knots. All ships had to use almost all of their reserves as well as normal bunkers having ignored normal rules for economical firing.


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