Danae (D) Class Light Cruiser





1918 – 1938





Original Cap Tally


The Early Years


H.M.S. Dauntless

  1 January 1932


H.M.S. Dauntless Crewmember Benny Goris 

Taken in Malta 1930s


The following Photos showing H.M.S. Dauntless launched from the Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company in 1918.

  At the outbreak of WW2, Dauntless was recommissioned and joined the 9th Cruiser Squadron with the

South Atlantic Command. Later transferred to the China Station and then operating as a unit of the

British Malaya Force in the Indian Ocean – mainly off Batavia to keep watch over German merchant ships in the Dutch East Indies harbour.


On 15 June 1941 she collided with H.M.S. Emerald off Malacca and had to put into Singapore for repairs.


In February 1942 she returned to Britain for a refit at Portsmouth, after this she transferred to the Eastern Fleet, and in November was docked at the Selborne dry dock at Simonstown, South Africa, until February 1943.


She was then used as a training ship and in February 1945 was again reduced to the Reserve.


She was broken up in 1946 at Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland.




H.M.S. Dauntless 1919 Note Hangar under Bridge




“H.M.S. Dauntless”

New York Harbour

September 12 1921

Original photo officers & crew on Forecastle

Which conveyed the bodies of American officers and men from the ill fated (R-38) – ZR2 Airship disaster

USS Ericsson DD56 on right of crew photo





H.M.S. Dauntless Light Cruiser

 February 1927 with crew on deck Original Picture






H.M.S. Dauntless

 Leaving Portsmouth   

April 1930 with crew on deck

Flag flying proudly

(Original Picture)



H.M.S. Dauntless - April 1932




H.M.S. Danae

Sistership of H.M.S Dauntless

 alongside Danzig pier February 1920




Boom of  H.M.S. Danae

 February 1920

 Libau, Danzig 



In 1919 she was assigned to operate in the Baltic Sea against the Bolshevik revolutionaries in Russia. She was then on detached service in the West Indies. Following this assignment she was attached to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron of the Atlantic Fleet for the following five years. Dauntless was a member of the Cruise of the Special Service Squadron, also known as the 'Empire Cruise', of 1923/24. Following this tour, she went with the squadron to the Mediterranean for the next few years.





H.M.S. Dauntless and Sistership Dragon Adelaide South Australia 10 - 16 March 1924





H.M.S. Dragon Adelaide South Australia 10 - 16 March 1924 Sister ship of Dauntless



H.M.S. Dauntless with her sister ships in a 1924

Souvenir British Fleet booklet




H.M.S. Dauntless special service squadron



H.M.S. Dauntless

  Panama Canal 1924





H.M.S. Dauntless October 1926



In May 1928 Dauntless was recommissioned and assigned to the America and West Indies Station. She ran aground in July off Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was badly damaged, suffering the breach of her engine room and of her one boiler rooms. Subsequently all of her guns, torpedo tubes and much of her other equipment had to be removed to lighten the ship. She was finally refloated and towed off by her sister, H.M.S. Despatch, and a number of tugs. She was repaired throughout 1929 and was reduced to the reserve.





H.M.S. Dauntless - Miraflores Locks 1932

(Panama Canal) During the South American Cruise.




H.M.S. Dauntless 1932 Balboa Panama Canal RP

crew on dockside at Balboa,

Panama during South American cruise



In 1930 she was transferred back to the America and West Indies Station. During 1931-1933 she served with the South American Division, and in 1934 she relieved H.M.S. Curlew in the Mediterranean and was reassigned to the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. In 1935 she returned to Britain to be paid off into the reserve.




Danae class of Light Cruisers




H.M.S. Dauntless Christmas Cruise 1931

 Alaska Grenada Rio Canada Original Post Card

(Click to enlarge)




Royal Navy Cruiser H.M.S. Dauntless

Passing out of swimming at Honolulu

1932- 34  Cruise 




H.M.S. Dauntless 

Royal Navy Cruiser

6 inch gun competition at Mar del Plata 1932-34

(Original Picture)  




H.M.S. Dauntless  1932-34

Going round Cape Horn

(Original Picture)




H.M.S. Dauntless Leaving Portsmouth April 1930 

With crew on deck

(Original picture)






H.M.S. Dauntless WW2


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