World Cruise of the British Special Service Squadron 1923 - 1924

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 Back in March 2017 a military enthusiast came across this website & subsequently contacted Mike. He told of a photo album he had

 purchased containing a large number of photographs of the Royal Navy during a Round the World Cruise that took place in 1923-1924.

 A deal was arranged & Mike purchased the album. Below are a selection of the best pictures. To appreciate the full extent of this historic

 document arrange to visit the museum by contacting Mike as shown on the "Contact Us" page

 Miss Marshland Maritime Museum


Jo and Mike's granddaughter Liz proudly displays the Special Service Squadron World Cruise album

Scroll down to view some of this unique albums contents

HMS HOOD and the Cruise of the Special Service Squadron


 The Special Service Squadron sailed from Devonport on 27 November 1923, returning on 28 September 1924, having sailed around the

 world on The Empire Cruise,

 It was a highly successful public relations demonstration, serving to remind friends (and also potential enemies) that Britannia still ruled

 the waves and could bring potent force to defend  (or attack) even the most remote parts of the world.

 The squadron sailed over 38,000 miles, mainly cruising at speeds of 10 - 14 knots but exercising daily on passage.

 The Royal Marines bands and guards honed their performances of Beating Retreat and ceremonial march pasts for VIPs. They also

 conducted exercises ashore with friendly forces of the territories visited.

 The fleet separated at various points of the cruise with the battlecruisers passing through the Panama Canal, while some cruisers carried

 around Cape Horn.[1]

 Ships involved:

Battlecruisers under Vice Admiral Sir Frederick Field -

  HMS Hood (Captain John K Im Thurn)

  HMS Repulse (Captain Henry Parker)

Light cruisers under Rear Admiral Sir Hubert Brand

  HMS Delhi (Captain J Pipon)

  HMS Danae (Captain F Austin)

  HMS Dragon (Captain B Fairbairn)

  HMS Dauntless (Captain C Round-Turner)

  HMAS Adelaide


 Ports of Call

 Africa and the Indian Ocean

 Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Cape Town, Durban, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Dar-es-Salaam (Danae), Trincomalee


 Far East

 Port Swettenham, Singapore


 Australia and New Zealand

 Fremantle, Albany, Western Australia, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Jervis Bay, Sydney (Adelaide joins),Brisbane, Wellington, Sydney (2),

 Lyttleton, Bluff (one ship),Dunedin (Dunedin), Auckland



 Fiji, Honolulu


 West Coast of Canada and the USA

 Vancouver, Esquimalt/Victoria, San Francisco, Panama, Colón, Panama, Jamaica, Callao


 South America

 Valparaiso (Delhi, Danae), Talcahuano (Dauntless, Dragon), Punta Arenas, Falkland Islands, Bahía Blanca (Dragon), Buenos Aires

 (Delhi, Danae), Montevideo (Dauntless, Dragon), Rio de Janeiro


 East coast of Canada and Newfoundland

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Conception Bay, Newfoundland


 Sir Frederick Laurence

 Field KCB GMG

Vice Admiral Commanding Special Service Squadron

HMS Hood

 The Hon. Hurbert Brand KCMG KCVO CB

Rear Admiral Commanding 1st Light Cruiser Squadron

HMS Delhi


 Captain John K. Im Thurn CBE RN

Flag Captain & Chief Staff Officer Commanding HMS Hood



Battle Cruiser


Displacement 41,200 tons. HP 144,000. Main Armament 8 x 15" guns, 12 x 5.5", 4 x 4" AA & 4 x 3 pounder Guns. Built by John Brown & Co, Clydebank. Completed May 1920


HMS Repulse


Battle Cruiser


Commanding Officer Captain Henry W Parker CB RN

Displacement 26,500 tons, HP 112,00, Main armament 6 x 15" guns, 17 x 4", 2 x 3" AA & 4 x 3 Pounders. Built by John Brown & Co, Clydebank. Completed August 1916



HMS Delhi


Light Cruiser


Commanding Officer Captain James M Pipon MVO OBE RN

Displacement 4,650 tons, HP 40,000, Armament 6 x 6", 2 x 3" AA & 4 x 3 Pounder guns. Built by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow & Hebburn, completed 1918.


HMS Danae


Light Cruiser


Captain Francis M Austin RN

Displacement 4,600 tons, HP 40,000, Armament 6 x 6", 2 x 3" AA& 4 x 3 pounder guns. Built by Sir W G Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Elswick Shipyard, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Completed July 1918.

Captain Bernard W M Fairbairn OBE RN

HMS Dragon


Light Cruiser























Captain Bernard W M Fairbairn OBE RN

Displacement 4,650 tons. HP 40,000. Armament 6 x 6", 2 x 3" AA & 4 x 3 pounder guns. Built by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock. Completed August 1918

 HMS Dauntless


Light Cruiser


Commanding Officer Captain Charles W Round-Turner RN

HMS Dauntless Displacement 4,600 tons, HP 40,000. Armament 6 x 6", 2 x 3" & 4 x 3 pounder guns.

Built by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow & Hebburn. Completed December 1918

 Admiral of the Fleet, Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa

Governer General of New Zealand, with Vice Admiral Sir F L Field on the bridge of HMS Hood



 A selection of photographs that were taken during the World Cruise that appear in the album showing various events that took place during the voyage can be seen by a

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