H.M.S. Rowena (1916)

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H.M.S. Rowena (1916)
Pendant Number: G.81 (Jan 1917)
G.90 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: John Brown & Company[2]
Ordered: Jul 1915 (6th Order)[3][4]
Launched: 1 Jul, 1916[5]
Completed: Sep, 1916[6]
Handed over: 21 Jul, 1937[7]

H.M.S. Rowena was one of sixty-two "R" class destroyers completed for the Royal Navy in 1916-17.

Service

Rowena was assigned to the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla in October, 1916, as it was still building up to strength.[8]

She arrived at Dover in company with Rigorous and Restless on 1 September, 1919,[9] and proceeded to Devonport, arriving on 11 October.[10] She was then reduced to reserve at Devonport on 16 October, 1919.[11]

Rowena re-commissioned at Devonport on 27 April, 1920,[12] and proceeded to Gibraltar in company with Romola. They arrived there on 8 May.[13]

She re-commissioned at Devonport on 8 March, 1922.[14]

On 21 April, 1925 she departed Devonport for Rosyth.[15]

She paid off into Dockyard Control at Rosyth on 19 June, 1925[16] for a refit which was to last until November.[17]

Her basin trial at Rosyth was to occur about 20 March 1926, after which a Portsmouth crew was to commission her and take her down to that port where her trials would be completed and she was then to be paid off into reserve.[18]

She was re-commissioned on 1 July 1926 for service with the Portland Anti-Submarine Flotilla.[19]

In January 1928 she underwent a refit at Chatham.[20]

After many years of continuous operation with the Anti-Submarine Flotilla out of Portland and a brief stint as Local Defence destroyers based on Alexandria, Thruster, Torrid and Rowena paid off into Reserve at The Nore on 11 June, 1936.[21]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

It is not clear whether Crohan actually got a chance to command her, given the dates.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 70.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 81.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 81.
  4. March. British Destroyers. p. 184.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 81.
  6. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 310.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 69.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 12.
  9. "Movements of Ships." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Sep 03, 1919; pg. 15; Issue 42195.
  10. "Movements of Ships." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Oct 14, 1919; pg. 18; Issue 42230.
  11. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 857.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 857.
  13. "Movements of Ships." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, May 11, 1920; pg. 21; Issue 42407.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 265a.
  15. "Naval and Military." The Times (London, England), Friday, Apr 24, 1925; pg. 7; Issue 43944.
  16. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 265a.
  17. "Naval and Military." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug 06, 1925; pg. 20; Issue 44033.
  18. "Naval and Military." The Times (London, England), Monday, Mar 15, 1926; pg. 23; Issue 44220.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 268.
  20. "Naval and Military." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jan 11, 1928; pg. 6; Issue 44787.
  21. "Destroyer Changes." The Times (London, England), Saturday, May 30, 1936; pg. 8; Issue 47388.
  22. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 898.
  23. Bignell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/117. f. 521.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1919). p. 898.
  25. Bignell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/117. f. 521.
  26. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Mar 13, 1920; pg. 6; Issue 42358.
  27. Holt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/179. f. 240.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 857.
  29. "Naval and Military." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Feb 01, 1922; pg. 6; Issue 42944.
  30. Holt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/179. f. 240.
  31. "Naval and Military." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Feb 01, 1922; pg. 6; Issue 42944.
  32. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 20, 1924; pg. 5; Issue 43683.
  33. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 03, 1926; pg. 8; Issue 44314.
  34. "Fallen Officers." The Times (London, England), Wed Oct 18 1939, p. 11.
  35. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 265.
  36. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug 08, 1929; pg. 15; Issue 45276.
  37. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Sep 25, 1929; pg. 4; Issue 45317.
  38. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Monday, Apr 28, 1930; pg. 9; Issue 45498.
  39. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 266.
  40. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 268.
  41. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 30, 1933; pg. 8; Issue 46484.
  42. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jan 05, 1934; pg. 23; Issue 46644.
  43. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jan 09, 1936; pg. 21; Issue 47267.

Bibliography


"R" Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design
Radstock Raider Romola Rowena Restless
Rigorous Rocket Rob Roy Redgauntlet Redoubt
Recruit Sturgeon Sceptre Salmon Sylph
Sarpedon Sable Setter Sorceress Satyr
Sharpshooter Simoom Skate Starfish Stork
Skilful Springbok Tancred Tarpon Telemachus
Tempest Tetrarch Tenacious Thisbe Thruster
  Tormentor Tornado Torrent Torrid  
Thornycroft Specials
Rosalind Radiant Retriever Taurus Teazer
Yarrow Specials
Sabrina Strongbow Surprise Sybille Truculent
  Tyrant Ulleswater  
Modified "R" Class
Ulster Undine Tower Trenchant Tristram
  Tirade Ursula Ulysses  
  Umpire Urchin Ursa  
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