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Naval history and photographs of some of the Navy's great Commanders during the early 1900's and throughout the history of the Royal Navy.

The Right Honourable Winston S Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty.  c.1914

H.S.H. Prince Louis of Battenberg, First Sea Lord.  c.1914

First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill.  (photo published 1914).

One of the most brilliant of the younger generation of British statesmen, Mr. Winston Churchill obtained cabinet rank in his thirty-fourth year.  In 1910 he was appointed Home Secretary, and in October 1911 he became First Lord of the Admiralty.  Thanks to his untiring advocacy, Parliament had constantly voted increasing supplies for the Navy, which in 1914 was admitted on all hands to be in the highest possible state of efficiency.

Winston Churchill later became Prime Minister during World War 2, and one of the greatest Prime Ministers Britian ever had.

 
Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN 1868-1912

He commanded the National Antarctic Expedition of 1900-4 and the British Antarctic Expedition which sailed in 1910to carry out research and survey work. He reached the South Pole on 18th January 1912, a few weeks after Admundsen, but his party of five were overwhelmed by a blizzard on the return journey and perished.  

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Vice-Admiral Arthur Knyvet Wilson VC CB in 1902.

Vice Admiral Wilson was in charge of the Channel Squadron in 1902. He had a notable career apart from the inspiring occasion when at El Teb, on February 29th 1884 he won the Victoria Cross for preventing a gap in the square from being rushed by the enemy, whom he held in check single-handed first with his sword, and, when that broke with his fists. As a middy Admiral Wilson served in the Black Sea during the Russian War, and he was also at the capture of the Peiho Forts in 1858 and at the attack on Canton. He was an experienced administrator and commander and also the inventor of the double-barrelled torpedo tubes.

Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty (1871-1936.)

Joined the Royal navy in 1884 at the age of 13. joined HMS Alexandria in 1886 to 1888, going to HMS Cruiser in 1888. serving next on HMS Duke of Wellington and HMS Ruby in 1889 to 1990. HMS Excellent `1890-1892 and agin to HMS Ruuby. HMS Camperdown 1893 for two years and in 1895 moving to HMS Trafalgar to 1896. HMS Victory 1896. First Command HMS ranger 1897 taking part in the Nile Campaign and Sudan 1897 top 1900. Took pare in the Tienstan Campaign in China on Board HMS Barfleur, and back to HMS Duke of Wellington 1900/1902.HMS Juno 1902, HMS Arrogant 1903-1904.HMS Suffolk 1904/1905. becoming naval Advisor to the Army Council in 1906 for 2 years. Joined HMS Queen 1908 to 1910. in 1912 became secretary to the First Sea Lord until 1913. then becoming Commander of the battle cruiser HMS Lion, joining the 1st battle squadron 1913-1916/ transferring to HMS Princess royal in 1915 and participating in the battle of Dogger bank.  back to HMS Lion in time for the battle of Jutland 1916. In 1916 becoming the Commander in chief of the Grand Fleet until after world war one in 1919. during this time  on Board HMS iron Duke 1916-1917, and HMS Queen Elizabeth 19171-1919. going to HMS president at the end of 1919. Finally becoming First Sea Lord 19191 until 1927,  

 

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Vice Admiral Sir Stanley Colville  

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His Majesty the King with the Prince of Wales and Prince Edward of Wales 

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The King

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Vice-Admiral Sir Cyprian Bridge KCB 1901.

Sir Cyprian Bridge was selected to succeed Sir E Seymour as Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's Naval forces on the China Station in 1901.

Vice-Admiral name unknown pictured c.1920s. 

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The Nore's Commander-in Chief Sir W R Kennedy and his staff c.1901.

Admiral Sir W R Kennedy was also the author of a book called "Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor!" and contributed many articles on sport in the Navy for the Navy and Army Illustrated. The officers around him are Captain H C Bigge, Flag-Lieutenant Henry C R Brocklebank, and the Admiral's secretary, Staff Paymaster Andrew Hume.

Admiral Lord Charles Scott KCB and his staff c.1900

Admiral Lord Scott was Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth during the early 1900s. On his left is his Flag-Captain Sir Richard Poore who himself had a distinguished war record, and next to him is Staff Paymaster W Le G Pullen, the admiral's secretary. The officer standing on the Admiral's right is Flag-Lieutenant the Hon. Lionel J O Lambart.

Admiral Lord Charles Thomas Montagu-Douglas-Scott (d.1911) was the 4th son of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch. He was captain of "The Bacchante" 1879-1882, the ship on which the Duke of Clarence and the future George V served as cadets. He was Commander in Chief of the Australian Station 1889-1892 and then of Plymouth 1900-1903

Admiral Sir Nathaniel Bowden-Smith, KCB and his Staff c.1900

Admiral Sir Bowden-Smith was in command at the Nore from July 1899 until 1900 when he was succeeded by Vice-Admiral Sir W R Kennedy. Although the Nore was not the most important naval station, it held an essential position, and a great deal of work was done there during Sir Bowden-Smith's command. Admiral Bowden-Smith was in the actions in the Escape and Fatshan Creeks and the capture of the Peiho forts in 1858, and he was wounded in China in 1859. He was also Commander-in Chief on the Australian Station as well as holding many other offices. The officers pictured with him are Captain H C Bigge (flag captain), Flag-Lieutenant W R Willis and Mr F G W Taylor, secretary.

Admiral Sir M. Culme-Seymour.

Sir Michael Culm-Seymour G.C.B. shown in undress uniform of his rank as Admiral.  He was the Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean from 1893 to 1897.  He replaced Sir George Tryon who was lost on board HMS Victoria.  Admiral Sir Michael Culme - Seymour was previously was Commander in Chief in the Pacific and in the Channel during the 1880's.

Vice Admiral Richard Wells, Commander in Chief at the Nore. 1896

The popular and capable officer in whose charge as Commander in Chief at the Nore are our two dockyards and naval arsenals of Chatham and Sheerness, will, in less than twelve months time, complete the fiftieth year of his service on the active list.  Vice-Admiral Wells, as a sub-Lieutenant, saw considerable service in the Arrogant paddle wheel frigate in the Russian War; he was the Commander of the Bombay line of battleship when she was burnt at Rio in 1864, and before his present appointment commanded in Chief on the Cape and West Coast of Africa station.  When he hauled down his flag in Simon's Bay the ship's company of his flagship presented him with a silken Vice-Admiral's flag as a token of esteem and affection.

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Flag Lieutenant Arthur Halsey. 1896

Lieutenant Arthur Halsey is Flag Lieutenant to Vice-Admiral Wells, the Commander in Chief at the Nore.  He entered the Service in 1883, and became Lieutenant in 1892.  Lieutenant Halsey is shown wearing aiguilettes on his left shoulder, the badge in the Naval Service of an officer on the staff.

Midshipman Gerard A Wells.  1896

Midshipman Gerard Aylmer Wells is the son of Vice-Admiral Wells, Commander in Chief at the Nore.  He entered the Royal Navy from the Britannia training ship in January last year, and has since been serving in the Channel Squadron in the first class cruiser Blenheim.

Admiral of the Fleet H.R.H. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, K.G., A.D.C.  (1895)

First known as Prince Alfred and then as Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of the Queen, from the age of fourteen until recently has been intimately connected with the Royal Navy.  Entering the Service in 1858, ten years later he made his well remembered voyage round the world as Captain of the Galatea hoisting his flag as Rear-Admiral just ten years after that.  The Duke has held command of the Channel Squadron, been Admiral-Superintendent of Naval Reserves, Commanded in the Mediterranean, and was also Commander-in-Chief at Devonport, between the years 1890 and 1893.  As a Flag Officer the Duke of Edinburgh's great ability in handling a Fleet was universally recognised.

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Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bart., G.C.B. (1895)

Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour is the son of one distinguished Admiral and the grandson of another; a gallant officer, who as Captain, gained the family baronetcy for winning two brilliant frigate-actions in the Napoleonic war.  Sir Michael has seen much service - in Burmah, in the Russian War (both in the Baltic and the Black Sea), and in China.  He has been Private Secretary to the first Lord, A.D.C. to the Queen, Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific and in the Channel and now commands in the Mediterranean, where he has brought his Fleet into a state of the highest efficiency.

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Admiral of the Fleet The Hon. Sir Henry Keppel, G.C.B. (1896)

Sir Harry Keppel is the Grand Old Man of the British Fleet.  Born in the same year with Gladstone and Tennyson, 1809, and entering the Navy at the age of twelve, he first saw active service in the East Indies in the early thirties of the present century, and in the Carlist War.  Since that time Sir Harry has taken part in every war in which the Fleet has been engaged dwon to his promotion to Admiral of the Fleet in 1875, including the first and second Chinese Wars, and the Russian War, where he served as Captain in both the Baltic and the Black Sea.  Sir Harry's geniality is proverbial, he is a universal favourite with all ranks and classes, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the issue of his autobiography, for Sir Harry's stories have a reputation the world over.

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Captain Rt. Hon. Lord Charles W. D. Beresford, R.N., C.B. (1896)

This distinguished and brilliant Naval Officer is as well known outside the Sea service as he is in that profession, and is a favourite everywhere.  The enterprise which elicited the signal, "Well done, Condor," at the bombardment of Alexandria, exhibited his gallantry and daring, no less than the judgement and skill displayed when in charge of the city afterwards demonstrated his capacity as an administrator.  In the House of Commons his breezy speeches never fail to fill the benches.  Our illustration from a photograph taken in January 1895 at Chatham shows him in the frock coat and cap which form the everyday uniform of a Naval Captain.  The gallant sailor will be 50 on the 10th February next, and it is the hope of all his friends to soon see him hoist his flag as an Admiral.

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Lieutenant Commander Holbrook VC. Holbrook won his VC during the Dardanelles campaign.

Commander Holbrook (centre) with some of his crew.

Vice-Admiral the Rt.-Hon. Lord Walter Talbot Kerr.  (1895)

Lord Walter Kerr, now (1895) commanding the Channel Squadron, entered the Royal Navy in 1853.  He served as Naval Cadet in the Baltic during the Russian War, and as Midshipman with the "Shannon" Naval Brigade in India during the Mutiny.  He has been secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, A.D.C. to the Queen, Second in command of the Mediterranean Fleet, and Second Sea Lord at the Admiralty.  Lord Walter wears the Humane Society's Silver Medal for saving a bluejacket's life, and is as courteous and clever as he is brave.

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Captain HRH The Duke of York, R.N., K.G., K.T., A.D.C.

The Duke of York began his naval career by entering the "Britannia" in 1877 together with the late Duke of Clarence.  Two years later the princes joined the "Bacchante" serving in her, first as naval cadets and then as midshipmen, throughout her historic cruise.  From 1886 to 1888 Prince George (as the Duke was then) served as Lieutenant in the Mediterranean.  In 1889 he commanded Torpedo Boat No.79 in the manoeuvres, and in the next year commissioned the gunboat "Thrush" for the North America and West Indies station.  In August, 1891, he was promoted Commander, and commanded the "Melampus" in the manoeuvres of 1892.  Since then he has not served afloat.  Prince George was created Duke of York and promoted Captain in January 1893, just six months before his marriage with Princess May.

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Lieutenants from one of the World's navies but not of the Royal Navy. 

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B129.  Concorde over Manhattan by Ivan Berryman.

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Sunday Afternoon by Geoffrey R Herickx. (Y)
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 A Vought A-7 Corsair of VA-146 makes its final approach to the sprawling deck of the USS America, (CVA-66) as she skirts Vietnamese waters in company with a little Rock-class missile / command cruiser. The A-7 became the Navys prime weapon toward the end of the war, playing a vital role in the anti-radiation Linebacker Raids.

USS America by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 At the outbreak of World War 1, AGO Flugzeugwerke GmbH had not endeared itself to the architects of the German war machine due to the flimsiness of some of its designs, coupled with poor workmanship. When the C.1 first appeared in 1915, it attracted little interest and yet went on to prove itself to be a robust and useful aircraft, its pusher design dispensing with the now traditional open framework to support the tail in favour of twin streamlined tailbooms. The observer / gunner in the nose enjoyed an unrivalled field of view, although the engines position immediately behind the pilot was always a concern in the event of a crash. This aircraft, LF181, transferred from the Fliegertrouppe to the navy in 1915 and was based at Nieuwmunster, shown here in an exchange with an FE.2b in the skies over Belgium.

AGO C.1 by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Originally conceived as a replacement for the US Army's ageing Bell UH-1s, the UH-60 Black Hawk first entered service in 1979 and has since served in almost every campaign that US and coalition forces have been involved with.  This UH60 is landing to pick up troops in Iraq in 2004.

Desert Hawk by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Designed by the great Ernst Heinkel, the diminutive D.1 was an essential stop-gap that provided the Austro-Hungarian pilots with a front line fighter until they were able to re-equip with Albatros scouts in the Summer of 1917. This little aircraft performed well and was generally held in high regard by its pilots, although it did have some shortcomings, namely that forward vision was extremely limited and the Schwarzloses gun was completely concealed in the overwing pod that made it inaccessible in the air. Most unusual of all was its interplane strut arrangement, designed to reduce drag, which gave it the nicknames Starstrutter or Spider. These examples are shown passing above the German cruiser Derfflinger. 

Brandenburg D.1 by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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 During the years of the German occupation of Holland in World War II, more than 20,000 Dutch civilians perished through starvation and lack of basic provisions. Operation Manna was set in motion on Sunday, 29th April 1945 when Lancasters of the Royal Air Force began the first of 2,835 sorties, dropping 6,672 tons of food, to relieve the crisis in the Netherlands.  These humanitarian missions continued until 8th May, saving many thousands of civilians from certain death by starvation and malnutrition.  Here, Lancaster 4K765, LS-Z of 15 Sqn piloted by Flying Officer Jack Darlow, releases its precious cargo over a sports field north of The Hague.  Also in the crew was Alistair Lamb the Rear Gunner.

Operation Manna by Ivan Berryman.
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DHM925.  Harrier in a Hyde by Geoff Lea.

Harrier in a Hyde by Geoff Lea.
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 HMS Ramillies and Warspite manoeuvre into position off the coast of Normandy. The major battleships of the Home Fleet, with their massive guns which could deliver gunfire with pinpoint accuracy to 17 miles. they proved invaluable on the day of the biggest seaborne land invasion in history.

HMS Ramillies and HMS Warspite at Normandy by Anthony Saunders
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Tirpitz Passing Through Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman (P)
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Bismarck, now complete and newly painted in full Baltic camouflage, returns to Hamburg for the last time as the harsh winter of 1940/41 relents and the pride of the German Kriegsmarine prepares for real action.  In the distance, the pre-Dreadnought Schleswig-Holstein awaits her next commission, the old ship alternating between vital ice-breaker and air defence duties at this time.  The Bismarck would in May 1941 put to sea and engage and sink HMS Hood only to be caught by the British battleships Rodney and King George V.  Bismarck was pounded into a floating wreck, finally being sunk by the torpedoes of HMS Dorsetshire.  From her crew of 2300 only 110 would be rescued by HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Maori.

Bismarck Entering Hamburg Harbour by Ivan Berryman
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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. (Y)
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Americas first true aircraft carrier, the USS Langley (CV-1) is pictured making way at sea as a pair of Douglas DT-2s pass overhead.

USS Langley by Ivan Berryman
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 HMS Vanguard in company with HMS Indefatigable.

HMS Vanguard by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 The mighty Bismarck returns fire to the fast-approaching HMS Hood at the start of a battle that would see both adversaries tragically sunk. The Bismarck would later be attacked by Swordfish aircraft from HMS Ark Royal, damaging her stearing and allowing her to be caught by the British battleships Rodney and King George V. The once proud German battleship would be ruthlessly pounded into a twisted and burning wreck and finally finished by HMS Dorsetshire with torpedoes at around 10:30 hours on the morning of May 27th 1941. HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Maori combed the area of the sinking for survivors, between them picking up a total of 110 out of an original complement of 2,300.

Bismarck Replies to HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Prince of Wales is shown firing on the Bismarck and in the background a huge black cloud is all that is left of HMS Hood.

HMS Prince of Wales by Brian Wood (C)
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 Richard Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III), after the Battle of Tewkesbury, 4th May 1471. Banners are of Richard Duke of Gloucesters White Boar and Sir John Stafford Of Mordaunts (created Earl of Wiltshire by Edward IV) coat of arms.

Richard III by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Pioneers were among the first British troops to land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, by 1st August 1944 there were over 35,500 pioneers in Normandy. The painting shows the various activities of the pioneers during the D-Day landings.

Sword Beach by Terence Cuneo.
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 The Light Brigade had 195 mounted survivors, leaving 113 dead and 134 wounded with 231 unhorsed men. After the charge of the Light Brigade, the Roll is shown being carried out.

All that was Left of Them by Richard Caton Woodville. (Y)
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DHM376. 2nd Dragoon Guards Officer by Mark Churms.

2nd Dragoon Guards Officer by Mark Churms.
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 Polish 7TP (Twin Turret) light tank of Captain F. Michalowskis training company breaks out from the street barricade to counter attack German reconnaissance elements.

Warsaw, September 1939 by David Pentland.
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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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VAR636. 6th Inniskilling Dragoon by Chris Collingwood.
6th Inniskilling Dragoon by Chris Collingwood.
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 AH-1 Whiskey Cobras of the US marine Corps in Action, Kuwait, February 1991.

Cobra Attack by David Rowlands. (Y)
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DH007. Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
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Heroes of Goodison Park by Doug Harker. (Y)
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 The legendary Welsh rugby union captain Gareth Edwards is brought to life in the triple portrait. Gareth Edwards is revered in Wales and considered one of the finest players ever. in part of the montage he is shown going over for a try against England.
Gareth Edwards by Darren Baker. (AP)
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DB006. Michael Schumacher by Darren Baker.
Michael Schumacher by Darren Baker.
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David Coulthard made his Grand Prix debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1994.  Only an electrical problem with his Williams Renault stopped Coulthard finishing 3rd in his first ever Grand Prix.  This performance was enough to confirm his potential and earn a drive for the 1995 season.  Winning at Estoril, on the podium at Interlagos, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring and T I Aida, placed him third in the championship in his first full Grand Prix season.  Coulthard moved to McLaren for the 1996 season proving on many occasions that he could match the pace of team leader Mika Hakkinen, who has a reputation as one of the fastest.  For 1997, Coulthard took over the mantle of Britains No.1 driver and was well qualified to do so.  Winning at Melbourne and Monza, second at A1 Ring and Jerez.  Fourth in the championship prior to Schumachers exclusion.  Coulthard drives with a balance of flair and aggression which earned him considerable respect.  After nearly fifteen years as a top flight driver, Coulthard has now retired from driving, leaving a remarkable legacy behind him.  Twice winner of the British Grand Prix in 1999 and 2000, he has represented Scotland and Great Britain at the highest level of motorsport for well over a decade.

Tribute to David Coulthard by Stuart McIntyre
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Lenox Lewis II by Peter Deighan.
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SFA18.  Going Home by Chris Howells.

Going Home by Chris Howells.
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Florida Pearl is an Irish-bred race horse, who raced in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Florida Pearl was owned by Mrs Violet O'Leary and trained by top Irish trainer Willie Mullins.  The 2001/02 season proved to be successful for Florida Pearl, winning the John Durkan Memorial Chase.  Florida Pearl then returned to Kempton to win the King George VI Chase beating Best Mate in December.  He returned back to England for his next start in the Grade 2 Martell Cup Chase where he cruised to an 11 length victory over Cyfor Malta.  The painting shows Florida Pearl over the one of the nineteen fences to win the Martell Cup at Aintree in 2002, with Jockey  Barry Geraghty.

Florida Pearl by Stephen Smith.
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