H.M.S. Searcher (1918)

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H.M.S. Searcher (1918)
Pendant Number: G.72 (Nov 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown & Company[2]
Ordered: Jun, 1917 (2nd Order)[3]
Launched: 11 Sep, 1918[4]
Completed: Nov, 1918[5]
Sold:

H.M.S. Searcher was one of sixty-seven "S" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy as the Great War was ending.

Service

Searcher reduced to Reserve Fleet at Devonport on 18 November, 1919.[6]

Searcher reduced to Reserve Fleet at Devonport on 14 August, 1920.[7]

Searcher was re-commissioned at Devonport on 6 October, 1927 and placed under command of Brownlow Villiers Layard for passage to Rosyth.[8][9]

Lieutenant Reginald James Somerset Butler was appointed to her on 13 April 1931, but not designated "in command". She was reduced to Reserve at Portsmouth on 5 May, 1931[10] where she remained until being re-commissioned there on 14 August.[11] By early 1933, she was at Gibraltar and under the command of Michael O. D. Ellwood who was also in command of the Gibraltar Local Defence Flotilla.[12]

She re-commissioned on 15 May, 1933.[13]

In 1934, her bell was offered for sale to naval officers and others who might be interested, at the price of £5 or perhaps £1. Interested parties were to write the Director of Stores and were urged to include any special information which might convey the importance they attach to the bell, in light of the Admiralty's understanding that such items carry great sentimental value.[14]

Re-commissioned in Reserve at Standard Notice at Portsmouth on 5 December, 1936.[15]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 74.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 85.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 85.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 74.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 311.
  6. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 862.
  7. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 269.
  8. Layard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/212. f. 114.
  9. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 268.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 269.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 272.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 272.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 274.
  14. "Ships' Bells for Sale." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Apr 18, 1934; pg. 4; Issue 46731.
  15. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 274.
  16. Jauncey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/132. f. 488.
  17. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906.
  18. Jauncey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/132. f. 488.
  19. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 20, 1924; pg. 5; Issue 43683.
  20. Welby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/220. f. 284.
  21. Welby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/220. f. 284.
  22. Layard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/212. f. 114.
  23. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 268.
  24. Layard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/212. f. 114.
  25. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  26. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  27. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 272.
  28. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 274.

Bibliography


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