Why Vikings?

We are often asked what the VIKING in our name is for. A few years back, Sea Scout groups took the names of various Royal Navy vessels in addition to their own Scout group name.

There were actually two vessels named HMS Viking:

 


HMS Viking (1909) was a Tribal-class destroyer of the Royal Navy launched in 1909 and sold for scrap in 1919. She was the only destroyer ever to have six funnels.

During the First World War, she served in the North Sea and English Channel

 

 


The other HMS Viking was a V-Class Submarine built in May 1943. During the latter part of World War 2 she served off the Norwegian coast. She was later sold to the Norwegian Navy in 1946 and renamed KNM Utvaer. Whe was scrapped in 1965.