H.M.S. Wild Swan (1919)

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H.M.S. Wild Swan (1919)
Pendant Number: D.62 (Nov 1919)[1]
Builder: Swan Hunter[2]
Ordered: Apr, 1918 (2nd Order)[3]
Launched: 17 May, 1919[4]
Completed: 14 Nov, 1919[5]
Commissioned: 10 Oct, 1919[6]
Sunk: 17 Jun, 1942[7]
Fate: in Bay of Biscay

H.M.S. Wild Swan was one of fifteen destroyers of the Modified "W" class.

Service

Wild Swan was commissioned on 10 October, 1919.[8]

She was re-commissioned on 10 March, 1925 to serve with the Third Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.[9]

She re-commissioned on 5 August, 1926 for service with Third Destroyer Flotilla, this time on the China Station.[10]

Re-commissioned at Chatham on 16 October, 1928 to serve with the Third Destroyer Flotilla, once more in the Mediterranean.[11]

In May, 1931, Wild Swan was taken up to Portsmouth where she was reduced to Reserve under the command of Lieutenant-Commander John Murray on 12 June.[12]

She was commissioned at Portsmouth on 23 October, 1931.[13]

Re-commissioned on 12 September, 1936 for work with the Portsmouth Local Destroyer Flotilla.[14]

Equipment

In 1923, she was one of five destroyers and flotilla leader types to be given new, opalescent glass dials with 16 orders for their Chadburn's Torpedo Telegraphs, an increase from the 12 orders in the original design. They required new gearing to match. It was resolved that further installations of this type should occur "as soon as financial conditions permit of it."[15]

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.[16]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 76.
  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. 76.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 313.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 900.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 76.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 900.
  9. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 289.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 289.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 289.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 289.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 292.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 292.
  15. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1923. p. 136.
  16. "Ships' Bells for Sale." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Apr 18, 1934; pg. 4; Issue 46731.
  17. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 900.
  18. Perryman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/117. f. 125.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 900.
  20. Perryman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/117. f. 125.
  21. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 843.
  23. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  24. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 289.
  25. Curteis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/13. f. 13. Day of year inferred, as it is not specified.
  26. Curteis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/13. f. 13.
  27. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 289.
  28. Stuart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/3. f. 3.
  29. McGrath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/96. f. 95.
  30. McGrath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/96. f. 95.
  31. Stuart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/3. f. 3.
  32. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 289.
  33. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 289.
  34. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 289.
  35. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 292.
  36. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 292.

Bibliography


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