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Royal Navy depot ships for destroyers and submarines and fleet repair ships including HMS Medway, HMS Vulcan, HMS Forth, HMS Thames, HMS Bonaventure, HMS Arrogant, HMS Blenheim and HMS Diligence. These submarine and destroyer depot ships served during World War I & II.

Submarine Depot Ships of the First World War

HMS Vulcan 13th June 1889 Renamed Defiance III 1931.  Scrapped 1955.

Royal navy Submarine depot Ship HMS Vulcan pictured in 1908  

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HMS Forth 23rd October 1886 Became depot ship 1904.  Scrapped 1921.

HMS Forth, 1904.

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Submarine Depot Ship  HMS Forth served during World War One

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HMS Forth with submarines at Devonport.  

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HMS Thames 3rd December 1885 Became depot ship 1903. Sold to South African Navy, 1920, to become General Botha.

 Royal navy Submarine depot Ship HMS Thames pictured in 1908  

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HMS Thames as submarine depot ship.

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HMS Bonaventure 2nd December 1892 Became depot ship 1910. Scrapped 1920.

HMS Bonaventure c. 1910

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HMS Hebe 15th June 1892 Became depot ship 1910. Sold 1919.
HMS Onyx 7th September 1892 Became depot ship 1907. Renamed Vulcan II 1919.  Sold 1924.
HMS Arrogant 26th May 1896 Became depot ship 1911. Sold 1923.
HMS Pactolus 21st December 1896 Became depot ship 1912. Sold 1921.
HMS Rosario 17th December 1898 Became depot ship 1910. Sold 1921.
HMS Shearwater 10th February 1900 Became depot ship 1915. Sold 1922.
HMS Hazard 17th February 1894 Sunk 28th January 1918.

HMS Hazard re-supplying three submarines.  

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HMS Hazard. 

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HMS Hazard sandwiched by two River Class Destroyers at the Tower of London.

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HMS Pandora 9th November 1914 Renamed Dolphin 1924.  Sunk 23rd December 1939.

HMS Pandora re-supplying some K Class submarines (K22, K15)

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HMS Adamant 12th July 1911 Sold 1932.

Royal Navy Depot Ship HMS Adamant.  

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HMS Maidstone 29th April 1912 Sold 1929.

HMS Maidstone, 1926.

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RAN Upolu - -
HMS Ambrose. (F.08) 20th October 1915 Before the start of WWII she was re named HMS Cochrane. She was built by Raylon Dixon N.E Marine was was a merchant ship conversion. Launched on 31st March 1903. Displacement: 6,600 tons, Speed: 14.5 knots Compliment: 238  Armament: Two 3 inch Guns.  Served during world war one and removed from the effective list in 1938 but saw service in World war two as a Harbour depot ship for submarines  and finally scrapped at Inverkeithing November 1946

HMS Ambrose, 1925.

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HMS Lucia (F.27) 21st November 1907 Ex merchant ship Spreewald. Built by Richardson Westgarth at Furness.  Displacement: 5,805 tons, Speed 12.75 knots Compliment: 262 it had no armament: serve during world war one as a  Submarine depot ship and spent time between the wars in the eats Indies returning  in 1939, was transferred to the red Sea Force in 1940 and became the eastern Sea Fleet Submarine depot Ship in 1942 till 1945. sold in 1948 and became the merchant ship Sinai and scrapped at Spezia February 1951.

HMS Lucia, 1938.

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L22 and L52 pictured with submarine depot ship HMS Lucia 1925  

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The Crew of HMS Lucia around 1945,  possibly in Ceylon.

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HMS Alecto (J.10) 29th August 1911 Built as a submarine depot ship and built by Laird. Displacement: 935 tons, Speed|: 11 knots, No Armament: compliment: 76  served through out WW1. During WW2 became Submarine depot ship at Portsmouth 1939 to 1940 and transferred to Boom defence duties. after the war was finally scrapped at Faslane, Scotland 1949.

HMS Alecto, 1932.

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Diving tender HMS Alecto off Portland

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HMS Titania 4th March 1915 Converted on stocks and built at Clyde Shipyard. Displacement: 5,250 tons, Speed 14.5 knots, Compliment: 249. No Armament:  served throughout WW1 and serve din WW2 with the Home fleet through WW2. finally scrapped Faslane September 1949

HMS Titania, June 1938.

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HMS Titania, May 1937.

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HMS Titania at Weymouth, 18th July 1933.

Submarines alongside are H33, H44, R4 and tow other H or R Class.

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HMS Platypus 28th October 1916 Ex merchant ship Penguin built at Clydebank.   served with Royal Australian navy, in Australian waters throughout WW1 and also during WWII. based at Darwin as a base ship form 1941.  Last information we have it was for sale in December 1957.

Torpedo Sub-Depot Ships of World War One

HMS Abo - -
HMS Sobo - -
HMS Sokoto - -

SUBMARINE DEPOT SHIPS BUILT AFTER WORLD WAR ONE:

HMS Medway 19th July 1928 Built as a depot Ship for Submarines and designed to tend 18 submarines of the O and P class's this number rising to 21 during world war two. Built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow. Displacement: 14650 tons, Speed 15 knots, Compliment: 400, Armament: Two 4 -inch Guns and Four 4-inch AA Guns.  Served as depot Ship China 1939 then went to the Mediterranean 1940 and just off Alexandria was sunk by 2 or three torpedo's form U372. on the 30th June 1942.
HMS Forth (F.07) 11th August 1938 Built at Clydebank. Dispalcement:8,900  Sped: 17 Knots. Compliment 1,167  Armament: Eight 4.5 - inch AA in pairs plus Eight 2 pounder AA guns. Served with the 2nd Submarine flotilla 1939 - 1941 transferred in 1941 till the end of world war two to the 3rd Submarine Flotilla.  stayed in service well into the 60's becoming in February  1972 Defiance.

HMS Forth at Toulon in 1938.  

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HMS Forth

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HMS Forth at Marmaris in Turkey, July 1950.  Sent in by Danny Kay

HMS Forth

 

Ship's Company of HMS Forth, 1950.   Sent in by Danny Kay

The following information and photographs have been sent in by David Mitchell:

No. 1 Mess . List of Writers :-

Store Assistants:-

Williams
Mitchell
Mountford
Mesham
Kent
Lonsdale
Taylor
Cavill
Connor
Morgan
Quick
Cotterall
Woodburn
Patterson
Pugh
Morris
Williams
Gray
McCarthy
Roberts
Bargery

Some crew from No.1 Mess

Some more crew from No.1 Mess

More crew from No.1 Mess

 

HMS Maidstone 11th August 1938 Sister ship to HMS Forth built at Clydebank. Dispalcement:8,900  Sped: 17 Knots. Compliment 1,167  Armament: Eight 4.5 - inch AA in pairs plus Eight 2 pounder AA guns. Served in the Mediterranean, South Atlantic and Rosyth 1939 - 1940, and again in the Mediterranean followed by the eastern and Pacific fleets.
HMS Adamant  (F.64) 30th November 1940 Built at Harland and Wolf. Displacement: 12,500 tons, Speed: 17 knots Compliment: 1,273  Armament:  Eight 4.5-inch AA guns in Pairs plus Sixteen 2 - pounder AA guns in  fours,  Eight 20mm AA and eight .5-inch AA . She carried in store 117  21-inch Torpedos.Served in the eastern Fleet until 1944. Then went to the pacific. Finally scrapped at Inverkeithing September 1970.

HMS Adamant.  Sent in by Carl Proctor.

Destroyer Depot Ships of the First World War

HMS Hecla (ex- British Crown) 1878 Rebuilt 1912. Sold 1926.

HMS Hecla, 1880.

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HMS Hecla, 1913.

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HMS Tyne (ex - Mariotis) 8th March 1878 Foundered 15th November 1920.
HMS Aquarius, (ex Hamstead) 1902 Became depot ship 1907. Sold 1920.
HMS Leander 28th October 1882 Became depot ship 1904. Sold 1920.
HMS Blake 23rd November 1889 Became depot ship 1908. Sold 1922.
HMS Blenheim 5th July 1890 Became depot ship 1907. Sold 1926.
HMS St George 23rd June 1892 Became depot ship 1909. Sold 1920.
HMS Dido 20th March 1896 Became depot ship 1913. Sold 1926.
HMS Diligence (Ex Tabariston) 29th January 1913 Scrapped 1926.
HMS Woolwich 5th September 1912 Sold 1926.
HMS Greenwich (F.10) 5th July 1915 Converted from Merchant ship before its launch, Built by Dobson, Swan Hunter.  Displacement: 8,100 tons, Speed: 11 Knots, Compliment: 224  Armament: Four 4 -inch Guns and one 3 - inch AA Gun.  served throughout Ww1 and saw service in WW2 as a destroyer depot Ship at Scapa Flow 1939 - 1941, then saw service in Canada and Iceland during 1942, serving the rest of the war in Home waters . after the war converted back to merchant ship by Swan Hunter in 1947as Hembury becoming Naven Hembury in 1955.

Destroyer Depot Ships of World War Two

HMS Woolwich, (F.80) 1934 Built by Fairfield, and scrapped 1962,   Displacement: 8750 tons standard and 10,200 tons deep load,  Speed: 15.25 knots, Compliment: 666   Armament: Four 4 - inch Guns, Further Anti Aircraft Guns were fitted in 1945, 2 - 2pounder and Four 20mm AA Guns.

HMS Woolwich, May 1937.

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HMS Woolwich at Oran, Algeria.

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HMS Woolwich

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HMS Woolwich destroyer depot ship pictured in May 1937.  

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HMS Woolwich.

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HMS Tyne, (F24) 1940 Built by Scotts, and sold in 1973.  Displacement: 11,000 tons standard and 14,000 tons deep load,  Speed: 17 knots. Compliment: 818   Armament: Eight 4.5 inch QF guns in pairs,  Eight 2 pounder Pompoms in fours. Carried in store Eighty 21-inch Torpedoes and 150 Depth Charges their their destroyers.  During World war two another Fifteen 20mm AA Guns were added.

HMS Tyne, July 1958.

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HMS Tyne.  Sent in by Carl Proctor

Thomas Hardy Bell (left) pictured with colleagues on board HMS Tyne in 1942.  Photo supplied by Gary Martin

Thomas Hardy Bell (left) pictured with colleagues on board HMS Tyne in 1942.  Thanks to Gary Martin for this photo of his Uncle.

HMS Hecla.(F.20) 1940 Built by John Brown, Clydebank, Displacement: 11,000 tons standard and 14,000 tons deep load,  Speed: 17 knots. Compliment: 818   Armament: Eight 4.5 inch QF guns in pairs,  Eight 2 pounder Pompoms in fours. Carried in store Eighty 21-inch Torpedoes and 150 Depth Charges their their destroyers. she  was mined on the 15th May 1942, and took 18 weeks for repairs. Sunk by 5 torpedo's from German U-Boat U505 on the 11th November 1942.

Fleet Repair Ships 

HMS Assistance 22nd December 1900 Scrapped 1937.

HMS Assistance.  

Repair and Laundry Ship.

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HMS Assistance.

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HMS Cyclops (F31) 27th October 1905 Ex merchant ship Indrabarah built by Laing. Displacement: 11,300 tons, Speed 13 knots, Compliment: 266,  Armament: Two 4 - inch Guns, served during world war one and served in WW2, Between the war she served as a Submarine depot ship in the Mediterranean, and returned to Home Waters late in 1939. where she spent the war years until being scrapped at Newport July 1947.
HMS Sandhurst (F.92) 14th December 1905 Ex merchant ship Manipur Built by Harland and Wolf Belfast. Served through out WW1  first as a dummy HMS Indomitable, then as a Fleet repair ship and serve din World war two during 1939 to 1940 in Dover then in 1941 became depot ship for escort ships at Londonderry and later at Greenock finally scrapped at Dalmuir, Scotland April 1946.

HMS Sandhurst, 5th March 1922.

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HMS Sandhurst.  

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Crew members from HMS Sandhurst.

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Crew of HMS Sandhurst.

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HMS Resource 27th November 1928 Built by Vickers Armstrong. Displacement:12,300 tons, Speed: 15 knots, Compliment: 581  Armament: Four 4 - inch Guns.  During World War Two served in the Mediterranean 1939 until early 1940 when the ship served for a small period at Freetown. returning to the Mediterranean until 1944 and The then Eastern Fleet 1944 - 1945. Finally scrapped at Inverkeithing February 1954.

HMS Resource, 1928.

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HMS Resource pictured in May 1937.  

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HMS Resource

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HMS Resource.

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Fleet Depot Ships

HMS Wolfe, April 1948.

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HMS Philoctetes, November 1945.

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HMS Ranpura, April 1960.

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HMS Vienna, November 1943.

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HMS Montclare, August 1947.

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HMS Montclare.Sent in by Carl Proctor

HMS Montclare.

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HMS Alaunia, October 1955.

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HMS Alaunia.  Sent in by Carl Proctor

HMS Alaunia.

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HMS Ausonia, laid up, April 1950.

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HMS Cullin Sound, August 1946.

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HMS Beachy Head, April 1950.

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HMS Duncansby Head, August 1950.

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Adastral, ex - HMS Fife Ness, June 1951.

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HMS Berry Head, August 1950.

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HMS Berry Head. Sent in by Carl Proctor

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HMS Berry Head, 1969.

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HMS Cape Wrath, August 1950.

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HMS Hartland Point. Sent in by Carl Proctor

HMS Hartland Point, 1965.

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HMS Mull of Kintyre, July 1950.

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HMS Mull of Kintyre. Sent in by Carl Proctor

HMS Mull of Galloway. Sent in by Carl Proctor

HMS Mull of Galloway, October 1955.

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HMS Girdle Ness, May 1959.

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HMS Girdle Ness, August 1970.

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HMS Rame Head, October 1955.

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HMS Portland Bill, August 1950.

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 Focke-Wulf FW.190A-5/U8 of 1 Gruppe, Schnellkampfgeschwader 10 in 1943. All national markings were painted out, except for the call sign C on the fuselage and repeated, crudely sprayed, on the engine cowling.

Focke-Wulf Fw190A-5/U8 by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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In the early summer of 1944 the Me 262 became the worlds first operational jet aircraft. With a top speed of 540 mph it easily outperformed any Allied aircraft of WWII, and went on to revolutionise aerial warfare. A truly remarkable aircraft.
Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me262A-1a by Barry Price.
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 Swordfish of 825 Sqn led by Lt-Cdr Esmonde begin their heroic attack on the battlescruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen as they make their way up the English Channel from Brest during Operation Cerberus on 12th February 1942.  Although all the aircraft were lost and no significant damage was done to the German fleet, all the pilots were decorated for their bravery and Lt-Cdr Esmonde received the first Fleet Air Arm VC to be awarded, albeit posthumously.  The painting depicts the first wave of Swordfish attacking the Scharnhorst with Gneisenau taking avoiding action in the distance.  A German torpedo boat has turned to confront the attacking aircraft.

Attack on the Scharnhorst by Ivan Berryman.
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 Sqn Ldr Billy Drake is shown in Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk1a ET790 claiming a Ju87 Stuka  on the 31st of October 1942.  Sqn Ldr Drake commanded  112 Squadron flying Kittyhawks at Gambut on 24th May 1942.  He claimed a probable Bf109 on 6th June, another probable on  2nd July, destroyed a Bf109 on the 8th, damaged a Ju88 on the ground on the 19th, destroyed a Bf109 on the 24th, two Ju87s on  the 1st September and another Bf109 on the 13th.  Drake shared a Ju87 and probably destroyed another on 1st October 1942, got a probable Bf109 on the 22nd, destroyed another on the 26th, an Me202 on the 27th, a Ju87 on the 31st, a Bf109 destroyed and another damaged on 5th November, a Bf109 destroyed on the ground on the 11th, an He111 destroyed and a Bf109 damaged on the 15th, a Bf110 destroyed and another damaged on the 19th, an Me202 and a Bf109 destroyed on 11th December and he finally shared a Bf109 on the 13th.  Drake was awarded a Bar to the DFC (28.7.42) and the DSO (4.12.42).

Tribute to Squadron Leader Billy Drake by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 With 39 confirmed victories to his credit, Major John Gilmour is also recognised as the joint highest scoring pilot on the Martinsyde G.100 Elephant, an unusual score given the poor performance of this aircraft in one-on-one combat. He was awarded the DSO, MC and 2 Bars during the course of his flying career and in 1917 was posted to 65 Squadron as Flight Commander flying Sopwith Camels. On 1st July 1918, he downed three Fokker D.VIIs, a Pfalz and an Albatros D.V in the space of just 45 minutes.  In 1918 he was promoted to the rank of major and posted to command 28 Squadron in Italy, staying with the trusty Camel, but he did not add further to his score, although his final un-confirmed total may have been as high as 44. He is depicted here claiming his second kill on 24th September 1916 when he destroyed a Fokker E.1 whilst flying Elephant No 7284.

Major John Gilmour by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 As the Libyan people's uprising against Colonel Gadaffi's regime intensified at the end of February 2011, many British nationals found themselves isolated in the sprawling desert, many of them oil workers in some of the country's most remote areas.  As Libya deteriorated into rebellion, British Special Forces were dispatched to pluck the stranded workers from the desert and fly them to the safety of Malta.  Here, an RAF Lockheed C130 Hercules climbs away from a successful pickup on a remote airstrip.  In total, two operations involving five Hercules aircraft rescued over 300 British nationals and other foreign workers.

Libyan Rescue by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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The crew of Lynx (pilot, Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineer and Door Gunner) prepare for a mission.

Aldergrove Dispersal by John Wynne Hopkins. (Y)
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 A moment during the fraught encounter on 27th May 1940 over Dunkirk between Spitfires of 610 Sqn and an estimated 40 Bf.110s during which three Zerstorers were shot down.

A Dunkirk Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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B114AP. HMS Carmania sinking the German armed liner SS Cap Trafalgar off Ilha da Trindade, South Atlantic. 14th September 1914.  By Ivan Berryman.
HMS Carmania sinking the German armed liner SS Cap Trafalgar off Ilha da Trindade, South Atlantic. 14th September 1914. By Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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 Of the three E-Class cruisers proposed at the end of World War 1, only two were ever completed, Euphrates being cancelled when the war with Germany ended in 1918.  The two sisters, Emerald and Enterprise, enjoyed long and varied careers, the former remaining largely unchanged from her original appearance, the latter being much modified.  The two ships are shown together at anchor off Trincomalie between the wars.

HMS Emerald and HMS Enterprise by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Besstrashniy (meaning Fearless) 434 heavy rocket ASW Destroyer is shown swinging to the port side of Pyotr Velikiy (meaning Peter the Great) a Kirov Class Cruiser as they clear a path for the carrier Minsk.

Arctic Waters by Randall Wilson.
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HMS Illustrious slips quietly away from the docks at Devonport, Plymouth with the Fiji class cruiser in the middle distance, 1941.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Kenya at Devonport by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 HMS Tiger is shown under full steam.

Battle of the Dogger Bank 1915 by Randall Wilson.
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 Viewed from beneath the blistered guns of the damaged X and Y turrets of her sister HMS Ajax, Achilles come sunder fire from the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee during what was to become known as the Battle of the River Plate on the 13th December 1939. Shells from Achilles are closing on her opponent as the Graf Spee alters course at the start of the doomed battleships flight to Montevideo

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (P)
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  Type 42 HMS Southampton (D90), Type 22 Beaver (F93), Type 42 Manchester (D95) and Type 21 Amazon (F169) formate during a World cruise on which they visited 17 countries in 9 months.

Around the World by Ivan Berryman (P)
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The Atlantic ocean was the lifeline between Britain and America, as well as millions of tons of raw materials, GIs were also transported over in all manor of hastily converted liners.  Protecting the troops from marauding u-boats and German surface ships was of paramount importance to the allied fleets.  Although USS New York spent a good deal of the war in the Atlantic, she also participated in the Torch landings off North Africa and took part in the Pacific campaign, seeing action at both Iwo Jima and Okinowa.

Escort for the Troops - USS New York by Anthony Saunders (P)
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 Arguably the most iconic moment in British naval history, <i>HMS Victory</i> is depicted just moments from firing her devastating opening salvo into the stern galleries of the French flagship </i>Bucentaure</i> at Trafalgar as Nelson's flagship enters the fray at approximately 12.30pm on October 21st 1805.  Beyond <i>Victory</i>, in the extreme distance through the gun smoke, Collingwood's <i>Royal Sovereign</i>is engaging the <i>Santa Ana</i>.  To the left of the painting, the French <i>Neptune</i> and Spanish <i>San Justo</i> can be seen with <i>Redoutable</i> immediately beyond <i>Victory</i>, trying vainly to close the gap.  <i>Victory</i>, already shot to pieces, is about to wreak her terrible revenge on the <i>Bucentaure</i> in the foreground where Vice-Admiral Villeneuve can be seen on the poop deck - wearing the green corduroy pantaloons.  Nelson was surely the nemesis of Villeneuve, who had been summarily humiliated some seven years earlier at the Battle of the Nile and Nelson's tactics would again win the day for His Majesty's navy, albeit at the tragic cost of Nelson himself.

Nemesis by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 A Provisional IRA bomb left outside the Unionist Party Headquarters, exploded prematurely injuring several police, army and civilians. At the same time it devastated the recently repaired Grand Opera House and Europa Hotel.

Business as Usual, Glengall St, Belfast, December 1991 by David Pentland.
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 After a major victory at Salamanca (22 July 1812) Wellington occupied Madrid and then advanced to capture Burgos - unfortunately with insufficient siege equipment he was compelled to retire and forced to experience a harrowing retreat, it was, he said The worst scrape. However, when the campaigning season ended, Spain, south of the Tagus, was free of the French.

The Worst Scrape - Retreat from Burgos October/November 1812 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Portraits of Sir Thomas Fairfax and Prince Rupert of the Rhine. Sir Thomas Fairfax (1612-71) Captain general of the Parliamentary New Model Army and his opponent Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619-82) nephew of King Charles 1st and general of Royalist Horse. Centre section of the painting depicts cavalry engagement during the battle of Marston Moor.

Opposing Generals of Horse - Battle of Marston Moor by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 At the Battle of Marston Moor, July 1644, prince Rupert had nearly won the battle after an initial cavalry charge routing three quarters of the Parliamentary Army, But he continued the pursuit to far. The remaining part of the New model army, including Cromwells regiment. after a long hard fight won the day.

Oliver Cromwell after the Battle of Marston Moor by Ernest Crofts. (Y)
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Battle of Assaye  23rd September 1803. Governor General Lord Richard Wellesley ordered his younger Brother General Arthur Wellesley (Later to become Duke of Wellington) to command a British and native force of  4,500 men to the South -Central part of the Peninsula. (At thr same time He also Sent General Gerard Lake to the north of India, see Battle fo Laswarree for further details)  General Arthur Wellesley, met a much larger Maratha Force of some 26,000 strong at Assaye in Hydrabad. on September 23rd 1803.  The Battle of Assaye became one of the bloodiest battle Arthur Wellesley fought, receiving 1500 casualties out of a force of 4,500. But the Maratha were routed and Assaye was a British Victory.

The Charge of the 19th Light Dragoons at Assaye by David Rowlands (B)
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 The year is 1807, the French Empire is at the pinnacle of its power. Although not yet 38 years of age the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is marching towards the heights of his military career. It is the anniversary of his great victory against the Austrians at Marengo seven years before. Since then the soldiers of The Grand Armee have faithfully followed The Little Corporal from victory to victory across Europe.  Now, in eastern Prussia, the Russians alone are holding out against the might of France. Bennigsens army is strung out on a four mile front along the banks of the river Alle, near the town of Friedland. With their backs to the unfordable river the brave Russian soldiers are drawn up in a poor position to give battle.  It is already midday when Napoleon arrives on the field. Much of the French force is still some miles away but the commanders keen eye immediately perceives an opportunity for victory. He decides to attack. The vigourous assault on the Russian lines commences at about 5.30 pm. Bennigsen, anticipating an engagement on the following day, is completely surprised by this ferocious attack so late in the afternoon. The fighting begins as his divisions are preparing to withdraw across the river Alle, to a stronger position. Napoleons master stroke throws the enemy into confusion. By 8.30 pm the French are masters of the field, the Russians have lost nearly a third of their army and 80 cannons. The town of Friedland is ablaze and the Tsars army in full retreat.  In simple attire and characteristically astride a nimble arab grey, Napoleon Bonaparte rides forward with his reserves of the Guard to survey the final victory.  Within a few days the defeated Tsar Alexander will embrace the French Emperor on a raft anchored in the middle of the Niemen at Tilsit. At their monumental meeting they will talk of peace, co-operation against the British, the division of Prussian Territories and France with Russia will form their uneasy alliance that will quickly collapse into open hostility and present Napoleon with his greatest challenge: The invasion of Russia itself.

Napoleon at Friedland by Mark Churms. (AP)
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 Panzer v Ausf. D Panthers of SS Panther Division Das Reich make their debut during the initial stages of the German summer offensive for Kursk. This unit with others of the SS Panzer Korps made the deepest advances into the well-prepared Soviet lines. Complete success however, was to elude them when outrunning their supporting divisions at Prokhorovka they were forced to halt for six days.

Operation Zitadelle by David Pentland. (GS)
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Race horses gallop to the finish shown in this racing painting by Mark Churms.

The Finish by Mark Churms.
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 Ferrari Pit Stop 2001.
Masters of Strategy II by Michael Thompson.
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Matt Le Tissier is quite simply a legend of Southampton Football Club. Since making his debut in 1986, Matt played 462 games for the Saints scoring 209 goals (including 49 penalties out of 50!)

Matt le Tissier by Gary Brandham. (Y)
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 In 1992 Matthew graduated in Geography from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Rowing Club.  He took part in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in 1990 and 1991, when Oxford beat Cambridge by substantial distances.  Also in 1992, at the age of only 21, Matthew had his first taste of Olympic success, when in a coxless pair with partner Sir Steve Redgrave, he won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.  Prior to that Olympic win he and Redgrave had enjoyed an unbeaten international season, and it was already obvious that Matthew was developing to become one of the world's greatest oarsmen.  At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the Pinsent / Redgrave duo won another gold medal and throughout the nineties their outstanding combination also brought them seven world championship golds.  Their unbroken run of success continued through to the millennium Olympic games in Sydney when Pinsent, again with Redgrave (now in a coxless four with James Cracknell and Tim Foster) again triumphed earning Pinsent his third Olympic gold medal.  The race in which he did it was voted Britain's greatest sporting moment and the crew secured themselves a very special place in the heart of the nation.  After Sydney, Matthew formed a seemingly invincible coxless pair partnership with James Cracknell MBE.  Undefeated throughout 2001, they went on to complete a unique feat in the history of rowing, by winning the coxless pair at the world championships in Lucerne, a mere two hours after winning the coxed pairs.  In the 2002 world championships in Seville they defended their coxless pairs title, beating an experienced Australian crew who had beaten them in Lucerne earlier in the year and breaking the world record by 4 seconds in the process.  On Saturday 21st August 2004 at the Athens Olympic games, Matthew Pinsent CBE entered Olympic history.  In one of the classic sporting moments of all time, he led the Great Britain coxless four to victory over the Canadian world champions by only eight hundredths of a second.  Matthew was awarded the MBE in the 1993 New Year's Honours List and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2003.  In the 2005 New Year's Honours List he was awarded a knighthood.

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE by James Owen.
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SPC5008. Neil Lennon by Gary Brandham.

Neil Lennon by Gary Brandham.
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From behind 10th green looking back towards lighthouse, Ailsa Craig and monument.

Turnberry - Ailsa Course by Mark Chadwick
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 Richard Burns and Robert Reid.  Subaru Impreza WRC 99
Rain or Shine by Michael Thompson
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FAR695.  Tribute to Lester Piggott by Stuart McIntyre.

Tribute to Lester Piggott by Stuart McIntyre.
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