USS Sigourney (DD-81)/ HMS Newport

USS Sigourney (DD-81) was a Wickes class destroyer that operated from Brest during the First World War, and served with the Royal Norwegian Navy and Royal Navy as HMS Newport during the Second World War.

USS Sigourney (DD-81) at Boston Navy Yard, 9 February 1919
USS Sigourney (DD-81)
at Boston Navy Yard,
9 February 1919

The Sigourney was built by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co, Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 16 December 1917 and commissioned on 15 May 1918 with Commander W.N. Vernon in charge.

The Sigourney departed for European waters on 27 May 1918, escorting a troopship to Brest. She was then placed under the command of Commander Naval Forces, France, and was used on escort duties in the submarine danger zone. She often served as the flagship of the escort groups, but didn't have any encounters with U-boats.

Anyone who served on her between 25 May and 11 November 1918 qualified for the First World War Victory Medal.

HMS Newport was used by the Royal Norwegian Navy between March 1941 and June 1942, serving as a convoy escort ship.

She was used as an aircraft target ship from June 1943 until January 1945 when she was placed into the reserve. She was sold for scrap on 18 February 1947, and was broken up at Granton.

Displacement (standard)


Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

35kts design
34.81kts at 27,350shp at 1,236t on trial (Kimberly)


2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
27,000shp design


2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt


 - deck



314ft 4.5in


30ft 11.5in


Four 4in/ 50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedo tubes in four triple mountings
Two 1-pounder AA guns
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement



16 December 1917


15 May 1918

To Royal Navy

5 December 1940

Sold for scrap

18 February 1947

U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Norman Friedmann . The standard history of the development of American destroyers, from the earliest torpedo boat destroyers to the post-war fleet, and covering the massive classes of destroyers built for both World Wars. Gives the reader a good understanding of the debates that surrounded each class of destroyer and led to their individual features.
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