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History of the British Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson of the Nelson Class, shown in photographs and paintings supplied by contributors to battleships-cruisers.co.uk. 

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Displacement 33,900 tons.  Speed 23 Knots   range (at 16 Knots 7,000 miles)

Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three  guns.  Twelve  6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns (after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two torpedo Tubes and two aircraft.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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HMS Nelson, c1934.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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HMS Nelson, c.1935.

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HMS Nelson, c.1935.

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HMS Nelson, with HMS Battler and HMS Eclipse, August 1943.

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HMS Nelson at Malta, September 1943.

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HMS Nelson, c.1931.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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HMS Nelson, May 1935.

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HMS Nelson, with Supermarine Seagull V, May 1935.

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HMS Nelson, c.1935.

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HMS Nelson c.1935.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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Officers of HMS Nelson.

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HMS Nelson Foc'sle Looking Aft

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HMS Nelson Foc'sle Looking Forrard

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The Chapel of St. Nicholas HMS Nelson

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HMS Nelson while serving with the Atlantic Fleet

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HMS Nelson completes a turn.

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A bow view of one of the Royal Navy's greatest ships of the time.

HMS Nelson, April 1939.

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Stoker mechanic James Morris and shipmates from HMS Nelson.

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HMS Nelson in the Panama Canal.

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Here are a few pictures from my grandfather's time on Nelson - sept 1932 to January 1935 - George Arthur Henry Butler was CPO & quartermaster. These shots appear to be Norway and the West Indies.    Ian Butler.  

© Ian Butler

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Naval operations in which HMS Nelson took part.

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Date Code Name Action
Sep  1940  "DF"   Home Fleet action against shipping off Norwegian coast.
Mar  1941 "Claymore" Lofoten Islands raid.
Mar  1941 "SN69" Cover for minelaying operation between Faroes and Iceland.
July  1941 "Substance" Passage of Convoy GM1 to Malta.
July/Aug  1941 "Style"  Diversionary attack on Alghero by Force "H",  and passage of cruisers to Malta.
Aug  1941 "Mincemeat" Attack on Tempio, Sardinia.
Sep   1941 "Status II"  Ferrying aircraft for Malta.
Sep   1941 "Halberd" Passage of Convoy WS11 to Malta.
Aug  1942  "Pedestal" Passage of Convoy WS521S to Malta.
Nov   1942 "Torch" Allied landings in North Africa.
Jul    1943 "Husky" Allied landings in Sicily.
Aug  1943 "Hammer" Bombardment in Messina Straights.
Sep   1943 "Avalanche" Allied landings at Salerno.
Jun   1944 "Neptune" Naval operations off Normandy.
Jul    1945 "Livery" Action off Puket, Siam.
Aug  1945 "Jurist" Occupation of Penang.
Sep   1945 "Zipper"  Occupation of western Malaya.

Other convoys in which HMS Nelson took part.

Mar   1941 "WS7" Troops for Africa via the Cape.
May   1941 "SL75" From Sierra Leone.
May   1942 "WS19P" Troops for Africa via the Cape.
Jun/Jul  1944 "UC27" Clyde to North America.
Jan    1945 "CU55" North America to Cherbourg and British ports.
 

HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman.


HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman.

Fully dressed and resplendent, HMS Hood is pictured preparing for King George Vs review of the Fleet in July 1935 as other capital ships take up their positions around her. Ramillies can be seen off Hoods port bow, Resolution astern, whilst just beyond her boat deck, the mighty Nelson gently nudges into position.
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HMS Nelson by Ivan Berryman


HMS Nelson by Ivan Berryman

Over 150 years of the Royal Navy are encapsulated in this view of the mighty HMS Nelson, moored at Portsmouth in 1945. Beyond the 16in guns of A turret, the masts of Admiral Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar, HMS Victory rise into the skyline whilst in the foreground MTB 507 cruises past on its way to the Solent.
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Passing Port Said, HMS Nelson is shown transversing the Suez Canal after her tour in the pacific at the end of World War Two.
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Nelson and Rodney 1927 - 1949.  The Big Battleships by Neil McCart.


Nelson and Rodney 1927 - 1949. The Big Battleships by Neil McCart.

Born out of the post war restrictions imposed by the Washington Treaty, plans were drawn up for just two 33,000 ton battleships, which would be armed with nine 16-inch guns and which would be shortened versions of the four cancelled battlecruisers. So unique would be the design of the proposed new battleships that throughout their careers they would be instantly recognisable the world over. In honour of two famous Naval Admirals, they would be named Nelson and Rodney. This book details their career from builders yard to shipbreakers, drawing on first hand accounts and many previously unoublished photographs.
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