1921 - Launch of EFFINGHAM
8th June. The cruiser Effingham was launched from the Dockyard by the Marchioness of Salisbury. She was laid down on 6th April 1917 but with the coming of peace all work on her was stopped. After four years on the slipway she was sarcastically referred in Parliament as HMS Methuselah.
In November 1939 she transported £2 million in gold bars to Halifax, Nova Scotia and later took part in the Norwegian campaign but while running reinforcements to Bodo she struck an isolated rock on the 18th May 1940 and became a total loss. The following day the wreck was destroyed by gun fire from friendly ships. The subsequent court-martial showed that the thick pencil used to mark the cruiser’s course on the chart had obscured the symbol marking the rocks position and the cruiser was exactly on (the unsafe) track.