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HMS Imperieuse, Royal Navy armoured cruiser built at Portsmouth Dockyard and launched on 18th December 1883. HMS Imperieuse served as flagship to the China Station 1889-1894 and moving to the Pacific Station 1896 -1899. She became a destroyer depot ship at Portland in 1905 and was renamed HMS Sapphire but reverting to HMS Imperieuse again in 1909. She was finally scrapped on 24th September 1914.

Displacement 8,400 tons,  Length. 315 feet.  beam 62 feet.  Draught 27.33 feet.   Horsepower 10,000 giving 16.75 knots

Armament. Four 9.2 inch guns,  six 6-inch guns. and six 14-inch torpedo Tubes.    Armour.  Belt amidships 10 inches. with 9 -inch Bulkheads. 8 inch Barbettes, No armour on Lesser Guns. 3 inch protective deck for and aft and on top of belt. 9 inch Conning tower.

HMS Imperieuse

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A Holophote on Board HMS Imperieuse 1896

The search-light or Holophote was one of the appliances that the torpedo boat brought into being. Search-lights were used on board ship in peace times for various purposes, such as for signalling at night, but in times of war their principal use would have been in connection with the work for which they were first designed. The working and control of the Holophote was at all times under the electrical staff of the ship. The projectors, situated at various points about the ship, could turn in any direction, electricity being supplied by dynamos down below, and produced by carbons placed within the projector so as to illuminate the concave mirror forming the back of the projector and reflect a perfectly straight beam of light onto any object above the horizon.

Petty Officers on HMS Imperieuse 1896

The Petty Officers, appointed from the lower deck from men of superior education and intelligence, numbered 2 chief petty officers and 31 first- and second-class petty officers, in addition to the artificers and the petty officers of the engine room.

The Marines on HMS Imperieuse 1896

The Marines of the Imperieuse comprised 70 non-commissioned officers and men, gunners and infantry, under a Major and Lieutenant. 

On Board the Imperieuse the Flagship in the Pacific in 1896.

At the head of everyone in the ship is Rear-Admiral Palliser, the Commander-in-Chief on the station, and next to him are the Flag Captain, who is directly in charge of the ship, Captain Adair, and Commander Calthorpe, the chief executive officer, an officer specially promoted for war service off the coast of Africa, and the youngest man of his rank in the Navy in 1896. The total number of officers on the Imperieuse was 43, including 5 warrant officers and the midshipmen and cadets, all of whom appear in the illustration above.  

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The Forward Barbette of HMS Imperieuse in 1896

The forward barbette of the Imperieuse is shown with its 22 ton gun protected by a redoubt of thick steel.

The Band of HMS Imperieuse 1896.

The ship's band comprised a bandmaster, band corporal, and fifteen musicians, supplemented by volunteers from the crew, and was practically supported by the officers beyond the £15 to £20 annual allowance from the Admiralty. 

The Company of the Imperieuse in 1896

Exclusive of the commissioned and warrant officers on board, the company of the first-class cruiser Imperieuse numbered in all, including various ratings from petty officers downwards, the seamen, artificers, stokers and marines, upwards of 520 men.  They are shown her on or about the forward barbette, where the bow chaser 22 ton gun of the ship is mounted, in 1896. They were allotted and organised in watches and divisions, each man having his own special station and duty to perform - general quarters for action, fire quarters, collision stations, boarding stations, boat stations, closing watertight door stations and so on. The carrying out of these tasks and the practice and drill in regard to them forms the daily routine of life on board ship in the 1890's. This way each year that the ship remained in commission smartness and efficiency increased as did the fighting value of her crew.

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A 22 Ton Breechloader in the Imperieuse 1896

Here we see one of the four heavy guns carried by the Imperieuse, the 22-ton gun mounted amidships on the port side, on a sponson projecting over the side of the ship so as to be capable of firing nearly right ahead or astern, as well as on the broadside. The 22-ton gun was designed and introduced originally to arm the Imperieuse and her sister ship the Warspite. It was the smallest type of breechloader carried on ships of the 1890's and could penetrate 17 inches of wrought-iron armour at 2,000 yards range. One of these guns fired the "Jubilee Shot" of 1887, which attained a range of 21,800 yards, or nearly 12 miles. Each gun cost at least £5,000 and fired 144lbs of powder as a charge, with a projectile of 380lbs weight - the round costing £33. The gun could fire practically a round a minute, and could be man handled independently of machinery, and loaded in any position.

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 Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob is shown claiming his 5th victory – a Blenheim – 60km west of Rotterdam on 26th June 1940.  Bob went on to serve with JG.54, JG.51, JG.3, EJG2.2 and JV.44, scoring a total of 60 confirmed victories in the course of his Luftwaffe service.  The Blenheim claimed as his 5th victory is likely to have been R3776 of No.110 Squadron, which was the only Blenheim recorded to have been lost participating in Operation Soest on that day - while another returned to base damaged and crash landed.  The three crew of the Blenheim were all missing in action - P/O Cyril Ray Worboys, Sgt Gerald Patterson Gainsford and Sgt Kenneth Cooper.

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 HMS Benbow was completed in 1914, built by Beardmore (launched 12th November 1913). On the 10th of December she joined the Grand Fleet serving with the 4th Battle squadron. She was the flagship to Admiral Douglas Gamble until he was replaced in February 1915 by Sir Doveton Sturdee. During  the Battle of Jutland. she suffered no damage. After the war she served from 1919 in the Mediterranean providing Gun fire support to the white Russians in the Black Sea until 1920. She remained in the Mediterranean until 1926 joining the Atlantic fleet for the next three years until 1929 when she was paid off and scrapped in March 1931.

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 Captain F Macbeans Company, 1st Battalion Royal Artillery in action on the right of the British line, firing its 12 pounder guns against French Cavalry and Infantry. By permission of David Rowlands.  Battle of Minden  1st August 1759.  Major battle of the Seven years war.  After the French victory in April at Bergen, The French Army 60,000 strong under the command of Duc Louis de Contades marched northwards towards Hanover.   To block this French Advance the Prussian Army under Field Marshall The Duke of Brunswick decided to hold the line at Minden.  The Duke of Brunswick could only raise a force of 45,000 men including a British Contingent under Lord George Sackville of 6 regiments, a detachment of cavalry and some artillery.   The French opened the battle attacking,  the British Infantry regiments probably due to a misunderstanding, advanced and they were followed by the Hanoverian Infantry.  They attacked the French cavalry.  The Infantry advanced only stopping to let off a volleys of fire.  This unconventional use of Infantry against cavalry, the French force confused and suffering losses broke.  The victory was in Ferdinands grasp, he ordered his cavalry forward but the British general Sackville refused to send his cavalry after the French. For this action he was later court-martialled by King George II and cashiered from the army.  The French were able to withdraw in order, but their losses had been 7,000 men and 43 artillery guns.   The British and Hanoverian losses were less than 3,000 with 1500 of these casualties inflicted on the British Infantry.  This battle ended all French hopes of capturing Hanover.  British Regiments at Minden. 12th of Foot. (Suffolk Regiment)  20th Foot. (Lancashire Fusiliers ) 23rd of Foot. (Welch Fusiliers),  25th of Foot, (Kings own Scottish Borderers), 37th of Foot. (Royal Hampshire Regiment),  51st Foot   (Kings own Yorkshire Light Infantry)

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 TWR Jaguar XJR 9LM - Winner of the 1988 Le Mans.  The car in this image is shown at maximum speed on the Mulsanne Straight (240mph)  Drivers: Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace.  This was the first win for Jaguar since 1957.  Previous victories at Le Mans were in 1951 and 1953 with C types and in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with D types.  Jaguar also won Le Mans in 1990 with the XJR 12LM.
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 It was Saturday 4th May 2002, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Wonderful goals by Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg for Arsenal were too much for their London rivals Chelsea to capture the FA Cup.  Four days later, on Wednesday 8th, Arsenal rode into Old Trafford.  This time a goal by Sylvain Wiltord on his 100th appearance for the club was enough for Arsene Wenger's team to overcome Manchester United and clinch the Premiership title, maintaining a record of scoring in every league game of the season.  For the second time in four years under their long-serving and inspirational captain Tony Adams, Arsenal had performed the classic double of English football, the third in their history making 2001-02, a season never to be forgotten.

The Double 2001 / 2002 by Gary Keane. (Y)
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 Jacques Villeneuve.

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