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HMS Minotaur

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1897 Minotaur was one of the training ships which took part in the Spithead Review.

1905 An armoured cruiser of the Minotaur-class was laid down in the Royal Dockyards with engines from Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, Greenock.

1906 The Minotaur was launched from Devonport Dockyard.

1943 The Minotaur class of light cruisers, also known as the Swiftsure class, was designed as a modified version of the Crown Colony class incorporating war modifications and authorised in 1941.

However, in spite of the heavy toll of cruisers in 1941/2, the building of this new class had a relatively low priority and only three were completed by end of World War II.

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