HMS Despatch Tompion
HMS Despatch 6” Tampion from No. 5 gun. Was originally mounted on a large wooden tompion. On the reverse of the plaque is stamped ‘5’ indicating that this is from a tompion and not the Wardroom.
Type: Light cruiser
Pennant: D 30
Built by: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)
Laid down: Jul, 1918
Launched: 24 Sep, 1919
Commissioned: 2 Jun, 1922
History: HMS Despatch was completed by Chatham Dockyard.
Reduced to reserve in January 1945. Sold 5 April 1946 and arrived for scrapping at Arnott Young, Troon, Scotland on 5 May 1946.
Dimensions: 22 x 16cms