Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Wells
Original Builder: Charleston Naval Yard
Original Yard No: Charleston, South Carolina
Vessel Type: Destroyer
Year Built: 1921
Arrival Date: 22/07/1945
Breakup Started: 06/08/1945
Date First Beached: 09/09/1945
Date Breakup Completed: 23/11/1945
Draught For’d: 07' 06"
Draught Aft: 09' 09"
Originally built as USS Tillman for the U.S. Navy
Inactive between the years 1922 – 1930 (Laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Yard)
Mainly used for patrol and training duties under the US Flag
Transferred over to the British Royal Navy in the 'Destroyers for Bases' USA / UK Agreement
Commissioned into the Royal Navy : 05/12/1940 and renamed HMS Wells
Launched : 07/07/1919
Completed : 30/04/1921
Decommissioned : July 1945
Sold off : 24/07/1945
During WWII, HMS Wells was used for various duties by the R.N., mainly escort duties for convoys to and from Iceland, and up and down the East Coast and the Firth of Forth. In January 1942, she intercepted an SOS signal transmitted by the American steamer SS R. J. Cullen which had run aground on the South East coastline of the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. She stood by whilst lifeboats and tugs went to the rescue of the stricken merchantman.