|On 9th August 1914 the 5,400 ton light cruiser HMS Birmingham sank the first German submarine of the first World War. Six shots from HMS Birmingham had badly crippled the German U-15 vessel. Captain Aruthur Duff then issued instructions that HMS Birmingham should ram the U Boat at full speed. The German submarine sank with a loss of 23 members of its crew.|
HMS Birmingham had been built in 1913 at Elswick. She saw service at the battles of Heligoland Bight and the Battle of Jutland where some damage was sustained. With a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 4000 nautical miles she was armed with nine 6 inch guns, four 3 pounder guns and two 21 inch torpedo tubes. Eventually HMS Birmingham was sold for scrapping in 1931.
HMS C.19 Birmingham (Town Class)