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The Thornycroft Torpedo Boat Destroyers, HMS Daring, Decoy, Bruiser, Ardent. and HMS Boxer, although classed here as two different class were in fact the same except for the first two having fitted a bow torpedo tube which was proved to be useless and caused many problems these were later removed. but for all tense and purposes, they are the same class.

Daring Class. Torpedo Boat destroyers, Differed from the Ardent Class by having a Bow Torpedo tube, All built by Thornycroft.  Displacement: 260 tons,  Speed: 27 knots,  (Daring reaching 28.21 Knots on her trials)  Crew: varied from 46 to 53.  Armament: One 12 - pounder Gun plus three Torpedo Tubes, (one in Bow) .It was noted these boats were stronger built compared to the yarrow Boats.

  HMS Daring  Built by Thornycroft, Laid down July 1892 , launched 25th November and completed February 1895.  Broken up 1912.  

HMS Decoy:  Built by Thornycroft. Laid down July 1892. Launched 2nd February 1894 and Completed 1895.  She was lost in a collision with the Arun off the Scillies Isles  in 1904.

HMS Daring 25th November 1893 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Decoy 2nd February 1894 Collided with another vessel in 1904.

HMS Daring

HMS Daring.  Sent in by Darren Clough.

HMS Daring.

Contributed by Trevor Piper.  © Vosper Thornycroft

HMS Daring pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Daring of the Portsmouth Flotilla.

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HMS Daring, July, 1894

HMS Decoy

HMS Decoy.  Sent in by Darren Clough.

Ardent Class

Torpedo Boat destroyers, Differed from the Daring Class by being larger and only having two torpedo tubes, All built by Thornycroft.  Displacement: 265 tons,  Speed: 27 knots,  (Boxer  reaching a record for this type of boat of 29.08  Knots on her trials)  Crew: varied from 46 to 53.  Armament: One 12 - pounder Gun plus two Torpedo Tubes, .It was noted these boats were stronger built compared to the yarrow Boats.

HMS Ardent.  Built by Thornycroft. and laid down in July 1893 and launched 9th December 1893 and completed March 1895.

HMS Boxer, Built by Thornycroft. and laid down in March 1894 and launched 28th November 1894 and completed June 1895

HMS Bruiser Built by Thornycroft. and laid down in April 1894 and launched 27th February 1895 and completed Aug 1895

Displacement: 260 tons, Dimensions, 200 feet long 19feet wide and 7 feet deep.  Compliment 46 to 53.  Speed. 27 Knots.  Armament: one 12  pounder and two Torpedo tubes

HMS Ardent 16th October 1894 Broken up in 1911.
HMS Boxer 28th November 1894 Collided with another vessel in 1918.
HMS Bruiser 27th February 1895 Broken up in 1914.

HMS Ardent

HMS Ardent.    ©Walker Archive

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The Torpedo Boat Destroyer Ardent at Malta

The Ardent was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet during the 1890s as tender to the flagship Ramillies, with the idea of being used among other things, for the training of as many as possible of the stokers of the Fleet in the management of water tube boilers. She was a 27 kt torpedo boat destroyer of 250 tons displacement 4,500 horsepower, built at Thornycroft at Chiswick in 1894. Her top speed was in excess of her nominal best speed - practically 28 knots and over. The Ardent, to fulfill her special purpose, carried a 12 pdr quick-firing gun forward, mounted above the conning tower, and five 6 pdrs also quick-firers mounted on the broadside and aft, she also had two torpedo tubes, and was manned by 45 officers and men.

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On the Deck of the Ardent

A view of the men of the company of the Ardent on duty on deck.

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Commander Mundy of the Ardent and his Officers

The photograph shows officers of the torpedo boat destroyer Ardent with Commander G H B Mundy, in command of the vessel, seated in the centre. An interesting feature of this photograph is the tablet shown behind the officers recording the battle services, which in the Naval annuls stand to the credit of the man-of-war name Ardent. This photograph is of the fifth ship of the name and the tablet records the two noteworthy events in which Ardent figured - commemorating the presence of an Ardent - the third of the name (a 64 gun ship), in battle with Duncan at Camperdown in 1797, and with Nelson at Copenhagen four years later. After Copenhagen, indeed, Lord Nelson himself on the day following the fight went on board the Ardent and personally congratulated the captain on the way he had fought his ship. The appropriate motto of this Ardent, which appeared on the tablet, was this "Death rather than disgrace".

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HMS Boxer

HMS Boxer, with HMS Bruiser following.

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Ship's Company of HMS Boxer, 1897.

 

HMS Boxer and HMS Bruiser.

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 Lynx Mk7 deplanes chalk, South Armagh.

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 Spitfire L1000 (DW-R) of No.610 Sqn is terminally damaged by an Me109 over Dunkirk on 29th May 1940.  The Spitfire pilot, Flying Officer Gerald Kerr is listed is missing after this combat.

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 Sopwith Camel with 65 Squadron, on routine patrol, meet head-on with the unmistakable Albatross fighters of the German air force.

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 Shows the action on 26th May 1941 by Swordfish from HMS Ark Royal on the German battleship Bismarck. Fresh from her triumphant encounter with HMS Hood, Bismarck was struck by Swordfishs torpedo which jammed her rudder and was finished off by the home fleet on 27th May 1941.
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Ark Royal by Philip West (AP)
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 The newly converted Command Helicopter Cruiser HMS Blake leaves Grand Harbour Malta at the end of the 1960s.  In the background, the old Submarine Depot ship HMS Forth lies at anchor at the very end of her long career.

HMS Blake by Ivan Berryman.
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With her mizzen top already gone and her sails aloft having received severe punishment, Victory breaks through the line behind the French flagship Bucentaure, delivering a shattering broadside into her stern.  So severe was this opening fire that the Bucentaure was effectively put out of the rest of the battle, although Admiral Villeneuve himself was to miraculously survive the carnage.  Beyong Victory can be seen the French Redoubtable, which is receiving fire from Victorys starboard guns, and the Spanish San Leandro is in the extreme distance.  Most of Victorys stunsails have been cut away, but it was her stunsail booms that became entangled with the rigging of the Redoubtable when she put her helm to port and ran onto her.  Admiral Nelson fell shortly afterward, having received a fatal wound from a musket ball fired by a French sharpshooter in Redoubtables mizzen fighting top.  The Temeraire can be seen approaching the fray to the right.

Trafalgar - The Destruction of the Bucentaure by Ivan Berryman.
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 Under lowering arctic skies HMS Belfast (Admiral Burnets Flagship) leads HMS Sheffield and HMS Norfolk in the race to protect convoy JW55B from Scharnhorst.

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 USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) refuels an Adams class Destroyer during a dusk operation off the Vietnam coast as a pair of E8 Crusaders are readied for launch on the forward catapults.

USS Kitty Hawk by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Hood makes a turn to port, while in line and astern is HMS Collingwood.  Valetta can be seen in the distance.

HMS Hood at Malta 1896 By Randall Wilson.
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 Japanese Torpedo destroyers, rush in to finish off the Russian battleships near the end of the Battle of Tsushima.

Battle of Tsushima by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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At 12.30pm on the 21st of October 1805, Admiral Lord Nelson on board his flagship, HMS Victory, breaks the line of the combined French and Spanish fleets.  The Victory is delivering a devastating stern rake to the 80 gun French ship Bucentaure, the flagship of the combined fleets, commanded by Vice-Admiral P. C. J. B. S. Villeneuve.  Starboard to the Victory is the 74 gun Redoutable.  This ship, the Victory and HMS Temeraire, seen left, became locked together soon after, the unequal exchange resulting in the Redoutable having the highest casualties during the entire battle.

Breaking the Line at the Battle of Trafalgar by Graeme Lothian. (AP)
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The Charge of the Light Brigade by Richard Caton Woodville (Y)
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 Dawn. British artillery thundered, and the territorial soldiers 15th Scottish division stormed towards the German trenches defending the coal mining village of Loos. The gas cloud that preceded the Highland advance was pendulous and largely stationary due to a distinct lack of wind, and ,upon emerging from the smudgy gas, the highlanders were pelted with machine gun fire and shrapnel from the defending German batteries. Not to be denied, the Scots gritted their teeth, and with an officer shouting faster boys! give them hell! the highlanders charged straight at the defenses. The Germans, unnerved by the stubborn courage of their  kilted opponents, began to fall back through the village of Loos. The Camerons and the Black Watch, shouting their battle cry and charging down the main road of the village, then engaged the defending Germans in a series of savage battles for each and every house - hob-nailed boots, rifle butts, and bayonets being wielded with great enthusiasm by the vengeful Scots. By 8.00am the village was in Scottish hands.

Faster Boys - Give Them Hell! Loos, September 25th 1915 by Jason Askew. (Y)
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 Vielsalm, Belgium, 22nd December 1944.  Men of the 508th PIR, along with the rest of the 82nd Airborne Division were rushed to the Ardennes and deployed in an attempt to halt the onslaught of 6th SS Panzer Army, specifically Kampfgruppe Peiper.

Holding the Line by David Pentland. (AP)
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 St Mere Eglise, Normandy, 6th June 1944.  U.S. Paratroops of the 82nd <i>All American</i> Airborne Division, descend on occupied France.

First to Fight by David Pentland.
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The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on a calm, almost windless day, on 21st October 1805.  Nelsons revolutionary battle plan was to cut apart the larger Franco-Spanish fleet of Vice-Admiral Villeneuve by sailing in two single column divisions directly at right angles into the combined fleet and thus rendering almost half of the leading ships useless until the could turn and join the fight, which in such calm conditions could take hours.  The battle raged for five hours in which time not one British ship was lost, however, Nelson would tragically lose his life at the very moment of his triumph, a triumph which rendered the British Navy unchallenged in supremacy for over a century.  Here HMS Mars passes between the French ship Belleisle on her starboard and the French ship Fougeux on her port, firing a murderous hail of gunfire at both ships.  Also shown in the painting on the left hand side is the Spanish ship Monarco and the French ship Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - Mars Breaks the Line by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
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 Churchill MkIV tank of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade (comprised of 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards, 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards and 3rd Battalion Scots Guards), pass infantry of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the Battle for Caumont.

Operation Bluecoat, Normandy, 30th July 1944 by David Pentland. (GL)
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Napoleon with his general staff salutes a regiment of Cuirassiers who charge by during the Battle of Friedland.
Friedland, 1807 by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier.
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 German forces encircled in the fortress town of Konigsberg by 3rd Ukranian front prepare to break through the besieging Soviet lines to re-establish a supply line to the Baltic. Here some Stug III assault guns move up to their assembly area next to the towns World War One memorial. From here the attack was launched on February 18th 1945 and successfully opened a supply corridor which remained in place until 8th April.

Counter Attack at Konigsberg by David Pentland. (B)
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 Ally McCoist of Glasgow Rangers and Scotland.  Produced to celebrate Scotlands most prolific goalscorer.  Super Ally became nothing short of a legend during his tenure with Glasgow Rangers of the Premier League.  It was not until Graeme Sounes took over as player manager of Rangers that McCoist really hit his stride and began to excel himself as the most prodigious goalscorer in the history of Scottish football.  Allys unprecedented career includes over 300 league goals for Rangers helping the club to 9 titles in a row, a Scottish Cup Winners medal, 2 UEFA Golden Boot awards, Scottish player of the year 91/92 and 61 Caps for his country resulting in 19 international goals.  Ally became one of Glasgow Rangers and Scotlands all time football heroes, and is now part of the Rangers coaching staff under Walter Smith.

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 Rothmans Williams Renault FW18.  World Champion 1996.
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 Martin strikes again with this portrait of Nigel Mansell OBE walking, perhaps to the pits, or away from the race track, characteristiclly with his hand to his forehead.  Maybe hes planning his strategy for the day or is just plain frustrated.
A Hard Day at the Office by Martin Smith.
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FAR695.  Tribute to Lester Piggott by Stuart McIntyre.

Tribute to Lester Piggott by Stuart McIntyre.
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This signed art print was produced at the end of 2000 after the Olympics of that year, and has been sold out from the publisher for many years.  We have the last few publishers proofs of this edition available.  This superb art print celebrates the ultimate achievement for any athlete, the winning of an Olympic gold medal.  In the modern era athletes from Great Britain have won 178 gold medals and Gary Keane's montage celebrates some of the highlights from those achievements.  It captures the determination and effort required to win, as well as the euphoria when the realisation that a life long dream has finally become a reality.  This print is not only a tribute to those featured but also to all other competitors and medal winners who have strived to bring glory and honour to Great Britain.  As the Olympic Games enter a new century and a new chapter in history, it is hoped that this reminder of past glories will also help to inspire those competing for gold in the future.  This limited edition print is signed by six gold medal winners : <br>LYNN DAVIES - 1964 TOKYO Men's Long Jump.<br>MARY PETERS - 1972 MUNICH Pentathlon.<br>DALEY THOMPSON - 1980 MOSCOW Decathlon & 1984 LOS ANGELES Decathlon.<br>TESSA SANDERSON - 1984 LOS ANGELES Javelin.<br>SALLY GUNNELL - 1992 BARCELONA 400 metre Hurdles.<br>STEVEN REDGRAVE - 1984 LOS ANGELES Rowing Coxed Fours, 1988 SEOUL Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1992 BARCELONA Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1996 ATLANTA Rowing Coxless Pairs (and since signing this print, also 2000 SYDNEY Rowing Coxless Fours).

British Olympic Legends by Gary Keane
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