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.
• 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)
Ports of Call
Africa and the Indian Ocean
Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Cape Town, Durban, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Dar-es-Salaam (Danae), Trincomalee
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
West Coast of Canada and the USA
Vancouver, Esquimalt/Victoria, San Francisco, Panama, Colón, Panama, Jamaica, Callao
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
The Hon. Hurbert Brand KCMG KCVO CB
Rear Admiral Commanding 1st Light Cruiser Squadron
Captain John K. Im Thurn CBE RN
Flag Captain & Chief Staff Officer Commanding HMS Hood
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
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
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.
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
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
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