HMS Somme (1918)
HMS Somme was an Admiralty S-class destroyer of the Royal Navy launched in September 1918 at the close of World War I. She was built in Scotland by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Govan. Commissioned for Fleet service in 1918, she was the first Royal Navy ship to carry this name.
HMS Somme at anchor near Hong Kong, August, 1928
|Builder:||Fairfield at Govan, Glasgow|
|Launched:||10 September 1918|
|Completed:||4 November 1918|
|Identification:||Pennant number: G.52|
|Fate:||Disposal List, breakers yard 1932|
|Class and type:||S-class destroyer|
|Length:||276 ft (84 m) o/a|
|Beam:||26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)|
|Propulsion:||Brown-Curtis, steam turbines, 2 shafts, 27,000 shp|
|Range:||250-300 tons of oil|
Somme was recommissioned on 15 December 1920. She re-commissioned at Portsmouth with 2.5ths crew on 4 December 1923 for service with the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla of the Atlantic Fleet. Somme served in the China Station from 1927–29 and conducted anti-piracy patrols.
After the war new destroyer designs were introduced, and many S-class destroyers were scrapped. Somme was sold for breaking on 25 August 1932.
Dates of appointment are provided when known.
Commander Sydney Hopkins, 2 October 1918 – 17 November 1919
Lt. Commander John B. Spurgin, 17 November 1919 – 28 December 1919 [Inference](appointment may have been cancelled outright)
Lt. Commander Humphrey E. Archer, 28 December 1920 – 16 December 1922
Lt. Commander Edward Fegen, c. August, 1922 – October, 1923
Lt. Commander John W. Durnford, October, 1923 – 12 November 1923
Lt. Commander Walter N. T. Beckett, 12 November 1923 – 30 September 1924
Lt. Commander Francis S. W. de Winton, 9 March 1925 - 1929
- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 84.
- Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 74.
- The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 865
- The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 271.
- Hopkins Service Record.The National Archives.
- Spurgin Service Record. The National Archives.
- Archer Service Record.The National Archives.
- Fegen Service Record.The National Archives.
- Durnford Service Record.The National Archives.
- Becket Service Record.The National Archives.