Arethusa Class Light Cruiser





Laid down: 24 Oct 1912

Launched: 30 Sep 1913

Commissioned: Sep 1914

Paid off: 1918

Transferred to RCN: 1920

Commissioned: 01 Nov 1920

Paid off: 30 Jun 1922

Fate: Sold for breaking up in 1927


One of the eight-ship Arethusa class, AURORA had served with the Grand Fleet from 1914 to 1916, and was the first British ship in action at the Battle of the Dogger Bank in 1915. She was on hand at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in Nov 1918. AURORA was presented to the RCN in 1920, along with two destroyers, and commissioned on 01 Nov 1920. After the three ships arrived in Halifax on 21 Dec 1920, they set out on a training cruise via the Caribbean to Esquimalt, later returning to Halifax on 30 Jul 1921. A year later, drastic cuts in the naval budget made it necessary to pay off AURORA. Disarmed in 1922, she was paid off on 30 Jun 1922 and placed in the hands of caretakers at Halifax. She lay at Halifax in an increasingly embarrassing state of deterioration until 1927, when she was sold for breaking up.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos



Commanding Officers


Capt Henry George Homer Adams, CBE, RN - 1 Nov 1920 - 1 Jul 1922


Lt Ninian Bannatyne, RCN - 01 Jul 1922 - unk (OIC)



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Photos and Documents






(AUR001) HMCS AURORA  //  Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

(AUR002) HMCS AURORA (foreground) with destroyers Patrician and Patriot, April 8th  //  Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

(AUR003) HMCS AURORA with submarine CH14 or CH15 alongside her at Jetty 4 during the Lorne Club Regatta - 1920  //  From the collection of Herbert Dowling, Leading Stoker, RCN  //  Courtesy of Bill Cummins

(AUR004) HMCS AURORA, HMCS PATRICIAN, and HMCS Patriot - open to the public  //  The Morning Chronicle, Halifax, 23 Dec 1920 //  Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury