Robinson I

(DD-88: dp. 1,220; l. 314'4"; b. 30'6"; dr. 8'6", s. 35 k. cpl. 140; a. 4 4", 2 1-pdrs., 12 21" tt.; cl. Wickes)

	The first Robinson (DD-88) was laid down 31 October 1917 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 
Calif., launched 28 March 1918; sponsored by Miss Evelyn Tingey Selfridge and commissioned at the Mare 
Island Navy Yard 19 October 1918, Comdr. George Wirth Simpson in command.

	Robinson cleared San Francisco Bay 24 October 1918 for the cast coast of the United States. 
Transiting the Panama Canal 3 November 1918, she set course by way of Guantanamno Bay for Norfolk where 
she arrived on 8.November.

On 10 January 1919 Robinson put to sea from Norfolk to
conduct winter training out of Guantanamo Bay, which ended at New York Harbor 14 April 1919. She then 
prepared for lifeguard duty supporting the first transatlantic flight from America to Europe to be attempted by 
Navy Seaplane Division Number 1.

	Robinson got underway from Norfolk on 30 April, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4 May 1919, and 
stood out toward the entrance of the harbor on the afternoon of 8 May. At 7 :44 p.m. she sighted the first of the 
Navy seaplanes, the NC-3, approach the harbor on the first leg of the transatlantic flight. Two days later 
Robinson took station at sea to assist in guarding the flight of the two seaplanes to Trepassey Bay, 
Newfoundland then returned to Halifax 11 May and got underway on the 14th to act as plane guard for seaplane 
NC-4 which had been delayed by repairs at Chatham, Mass., and passed overhead at 4:45 p.m., on 15 May, to 
join the other two seaplanes at Trepassey Bay.

	After NC-4 faded from view, Robinson set course for station on the Azores route to be followed by the 
seaplanes from Trepassey Bay, 16 May 1919. These seaplanes would be guided on their 1,380-mile flight to 
the Azores, by Robinson and other destroyers who poured smoke from their funnels in daylight and fired 
starshells or turned on searchlights during the night. The first seaplane passed Robinson abeam an hour 
before midnight of 16 May 1919, and the two others also passed within the next 20 minutes.

	The NC-4 covered the flight in 15 hours and 13 minutes setting down at Horta, the emergency stop in 
the Azores Islands. This seaplane had found its way above the dense fog which completely blinded the pilots of 
the others. An hour before the NC-4 landed, the NC-1 was forced to the water about 45 miles off Flores Island 
and the NC-3 had also descended about 35 miles from Fayal. The NC-1 sank in the heavy seas and Robinson 
joined in the search for the NC-3 which refused all assistance and finally taxied to Ponta Delgada under its own 

	Robinson anchored at Horta, Fayal Island, the afternoon of 19 May and stood out of the harbor the 
next morning to transport newspaper reports to Ponta Delgada where she arrived that afternoon. On 25 May 
1919 she was en route to Station Number Seven (38° 10' North, 17° 40' East) to cover the fourth leg of the 
transoceanic flight of the lone NC-4. She sighted the seaplane at 1:30 on the afternoon of 26 May and the NC-4 
faded from view on its way to a royal welcome by the Portuguese at Lisbon on 25 May and at Plymouth 
England, On the 31st, terminating the historic 4,500-mile flight.

	Robinson returned to Ponta Delgada on 28 May 1919 and put to sea on 2 June to arrive at Newport on 
the 8th. She underwent overhaul in the Norfolk Navy Yard and conducted operations in local areas of Newport 
until her arrival at New York on 30 September 1919. She joined five other destroyers off Sandy Hook on the 
afternoon of 1 October, then made rendezvous off Fire Island with the transport George Washington to act as 
honor escort for the King of Belgium. She cleared port on 6 October for operations off Key West and Pensacola, 
Fla., visiting Beaufort, S.C., on her return voyage to New York where shc arrived 5 November 1919.

	On 22 November 1919, Robinson stood out of New York Harbor, leading the second section of the 
honor detachment on the port quarter of HMS Renown, flying the standard of the Prince of Wales, in company 
with HMS Constance. She was relieved of her royal escort duty off Nantucket Shoals and returned to New York 
on 25 November. After a visit to Savannah, and voyage repairs in the Portsmouth Navy Yard she cleared 
Boston Harbor on 14 January 1920 for fleet maneuvers off Guantanamo Bay and near the Panama Canal. She 
returned to New York on 1 May 1920 and entered the Portsmouth Navy Yard on 25 May 1920 for a year of 
inactivity. She shifted from the yard to Newport on 25 May 1921 for local operations until 10 October, then 
visited New York before her arrival at Charleston, S.C., on 19 November 1921. After several months in local 
waters off Charleston, she entered the Philadelphia Navy Yard where she decommissioned 3 August 1922.

	Robinson remained inactive until 23 August 1940 when she recommissioned for transfer to the British 
Government under terms of the destroyers-in exchange for-bases agreement. The transfer was effected at 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 26 November
1940 when Robinson was renamed HMS Newmarket and taken over by a care and maintenance party of the 
Royal Canadian Navy. She was commissioned in the British Navy by a Royal Navy crew on 5 December 1940, 
and struck from the U.S. Navy list 8 January 1941.

	Newmarket departed Halifax on 15 January for the United Kingdom, calling at St. John's and arriving 
at Belfast on the 26th and at Plymouth, England, on the 30th.

	After a short refit in the Humber, she began convoy escort work in the Western Approaches Command 
and on 2 June 1941, was unsuccessfully attacked by an aircraft in the northwestern approaches. Later that 
month she proceeded to Sheerness, and was in dockyard hands until November when she joined the 8th 
Escort Group, at Londonderry.

	On 3 January 1942, Newmarket had to leave Convoy H.X. 166 because of boiler trouble, and 
proceeded to Lough Foyle. On the 30th she arrived at Liverpool, and was under refit until the end of March.

	In April 1942, she escorted the Russian convoy P.Q. 14, but, a month later, was allocated for duty as 
an aircraft target ship in the Firth of Forth. She refitted at Leith between December 1942 and February 1943, and 
later in the year, refitted again at Rosyth, Scotland. In September 1943, Newmarket was reduced to care and 
maintenance status at Rosyth but resumed duty as an aircraft target ship from the spring of 1944, until after the 
end of the war in Europe. She was scrapped at Llanelly in September 1945.