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Post  Kiwi's son on Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:30 am

This is the York's Setup:
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Displacement: 8,250 tons standard
10,350 tons full
Length: 540 ft (160 m) p/p
575 ft (175 m) o/a
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draught: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Propulsion: Eight Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers
Parsons geared steam turbines
Four shafts
80,000 shp
Speed: 32¼ kts (30½ kts full load)
Range: 1,900 tons oil fuel, 10,000 nmi (20,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 630
Armament: as built:

* 6 x BL 8 inch (203 mm) L/50 Mark VIII, twin mounts Mk.II
* 4 x QF 4 inch (102 mm) L/45 Mk.V, single mounts HA Mk.III
* 8 x 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) L/50 Mk.III Vickers machine guns, quad mounts Mk.I
* 2 x triple tubes for 21 inch (533 mm) torpedoes

Armour:

* Main belt
o 3 in
o 2½-1 in enclosing bulkheads
* Lower deck
o 1¼ in over machinery
o 1½ in over stearing gear
* Magazine box citadels 5-1 in
* Transmitting Station 1 in
* Turrets
o 1 in face, rear, crown
o 2½ in base
o 1 in barbette
o 2 in hoist

Aircraft carried: Plan to fit catapult and floatplane on 'B' turret never completed
rotating catapult and Fairey Seafox amidships
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Its History:
HMS York, pennant number 90, was a York class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow, on 18 May 1927 launched on 17 July 1928 and completed on 1 May 1930. She served in World War II in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theatres. York was wrecked in an attack by Italian MAS boats at Suda Bay, Crete in March 1941.

York served with the 8th Cruiser Squadron on the America and West Indies Station, in the Mediterranean in 1935 and 1936, on the America Station until the outbreak of war in September 1939.

In October 1939, York was assigned to Force F at Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada, which was active in hunting for commerce raiders and convoy escort duties. On 3 March, 1940 she intercepted the German passenger ship Arucas off the south-east coast of Iceland. The German ship was scuttled by her own crew before she could be captured.

In April 1940 York was with the Home Fleet serving in the Norwegian campaign; she was used to evacuate British and French troops from Namsos alongside HMS Devonshire, the French cruiser Montcalm and three French transports. In August 1940 York was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet, joining the 3rd Cruiser Squadron in Alexandria.

In October 1940 York saw action in the Battle of Cape Passero. Whilst escorting one convoy, on the return trip the Mediterranean Fleet was sighted by an Italian aircraft. The Italian Navy tried to intercept them in the Ionian Sea. In the night of 11/12 October, off Cape Passero, the first Italian torpedo boat flotilla with Airone, Alcione and Ariel attacked the cruiser HMS Ajax. The attack failed and Ajax sank Airone and Ariel whilst Alcione escaped. A little while later the Italian 11th destroyer flotilla, with Artigliere, Aviere, Camicia Nera and Geniere arrived at the scene. They were surprised by the radar-directed gunfire from HMS Ajax. Artigliere was heavily damaged and Aviere was lightly damaged. Camicia Nere tried to tow Artigliere away but she was sighted by a British Sunderland aircraft that homed in three Swordfish aircraft from HMS Illustrious. The torpedoes missed the Italian ships. Later HMS York arrived at the scene. Camicia Nera quickly slipped the tow line and sped off. After her crew had left the ship Artigliere was sunk by York.
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My source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_York_%2890%29
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