Two Fine Clydebuilt Ships

by Chris Jones on April 24, 2016

Can anyone identify these Royal Navy ships?

HMS Hood and HMS Repulse

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Jim Low April 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

The battlecruiser on the right is HMS Hood. She was built by John Brown’s yard in Clydebank.


Chris Jones April 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

Hi Jim,

You are correct. The ship on the right is indeed the battlecruiser HMS Hood, completed in 1919 at John Brown’s shipyard and commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1920. She was the largest capital ship in the fleet and became the pride of the Royal Navy. Any ideas as to the vessel from which the photograph was taken?

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Jim Low May 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Could be HMS Renown out of Fairfield’s or HMS Repulse out of John Brown’s.

Chris Jones May 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Hi Jim,

You are absolutely correct. It’s HMS Repulse, the Renown Class battlecruiser, completed at John Brown’s shipyard in 1916. The photograph was taken in 1924 when she was at sea in company with HMS Hood and five cruisers, HM ships Danae, Dauntless, Delhi, Dragon, and Dunedin, which comprised the Special Services Squadron. They sailed round the World, leaving Devonport in November 1923 and returning September 1924. HMAS Adelaide joined the Squadron at Sydney and HMS Dunedin was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy in Wellington.

Here’s a photo of HMS Hood (left) and HMS Repulse (right) when the Squadron paid a visit to Victoria, British Columbia. Two fine Clydebuilt ships.

HMS Hood and HMS Repulse at Government Docks, Victoria, B.C.

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