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Royal Navy Sloops.  History of the Royal Naval Sloops from the early Fantome, Osprey and Doterel classes of the 19th Century to the Bittern and Black Swan Classes of the Second World War.

Royal Navy Sloops came back into existence soon after the outbreak of world war one, when the Admiralty realised it required extra ships for general service  which could be used for mine sweeping, escort duties.  The Sloops were used exclusively for Mine sweeping until 1917 when they were re assigned for Convoy duties as well.  

The British Station in the Far West 1902

HMS Warspite shown on left, the flagship of the station with HMS Icarus and Amphibian naval sloops and the ill-fated HMS Condor.

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Fantome Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Fantome 26th March 1873 Sold in 1889.

HMS Fantome (right) with Composite Corvette HMS Opal

HMS Fantome  The third “FANTOME” was a 4-gun screw sloop, launched at Pembroke in 1873.  She was of 940 tons, 970 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 160ft., 31ft., and 14ft.

           In 1875 the “Fantome” landed a force of men under the command of Lieutenant Charles Napier Robinson  at La Union, San Salvador, Central Amercia to protect His Britannic Majesty’s Consulate against insurgents.  And in the following year this same Lieutenant C.N. Robinson, who subsequently made a great and lasting mark on the naval literature of his time, landed and placed in position the guns, ect., for Captain Cook’s monument at Kealakakua Bay, Hawaii.           In 1889 the “Fantome” was sold. 

HMS Albatross 24th July 1873 Scrapped in 1889.
HMS Daring 4th February 1874 Sold in 1889.
HMS Egeria 1st November 1873 Sold in 1911.

HMS Egeria - Name History

The second “EGERIA” was a 4-gun screw sloop launched at Pembroke in 1873.  She was of 940 tons, 1011 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 160ft., 31ft., and 14ft.   In 1875 the “Egeria,” commanded by Commander Ralph Lancelot Turton, proceeded to Perak, as one of a squadron of six ships under Captain Alexander Buller with his senior officer’s pennant in “Modeste,” to take part in an expedition against the murderers of Mr. J. W. Birch, the British resident in Perak.  While the troops and a naval brigade advanced on the upper reaches of the Perak River simultaneously from two points, the “Egeria” blockaded the Perak Littoral, and sent her boats up the Kurow River.  These boats destroyed or carried off some guns, arms, and ammunition  which might have been useful to the enemy.  Severe punishment was inflicted on the natives, but the actual murderers were not brought to account for some time afterwards.  This vessel acted for many years in the Surveying Service, and in November 1911 she was put up to public auction at Esquimalt, and sold to the Vancouver branch of the Navy League for £1416.

HMS Flying Fish 27th November 1873 Sold in 1888.
HMS Sappho 20th October 1873 Sold in 1887.

Osprey & Doterel Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Osprey 5th August 1876 Sold in 1890.
HMS Cormorant 12th September 1877 Scrapped in 1949.

HMS Cormorant - Name History

 The tenth “CORMORANT” is a 6-gun screw sloop, launched at Chatham in 1877.  She is of 1130 tons, 950 horse-power, and 11.3 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 170ft., 36ft., and 15ft.  In 1879 white men were being murdered in the New Hebrides, and a boats crew belonging to the British trader “Mystery” had been massacred.  The “Cormorant,” commanded by Commander James Andrew Bruce, was one of five ships, under Commodore John Crawford Wilson with his broad pennant on “Wolverene,” which proceeded to the islands on a punitive expedition and inflicted severe punishment on the natives.  The “Cormorant” subsequently became receiving ship at Gibraltar.

HMS Pelican 26th April 1877 Sold in 1901.
HMS Wild Swan 28th January 1876 Sold in 1920.

HMS Clyde - Name History (Wild Swan)

T he sixth “CLYDE” is a 6-gun sloop which was launched at Glagow as the “Wild Swan” in 1876.  She is of 1130 tons, 950 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 170ft., 36ft., and 15ft. Her name was subsequently to “Clyde,” and she became the Royal Naval Reserve drill ship at Aberdeen.  In 1912 her name was again changed, this time to “Columbine,” and she became the depot vessel of the King’s Harbour Master at Rosyth, and then the flagship of the Vice-Admiral commanding the Scottish Coast.

HMS Penguin 25th March 1876 Sold in 1924.
HMS Doterel 2nd March 1880 Exploded & sank in Punta Arenas on 26th April 1881.

HMS Doterel screw sloop

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HMS Dragon 30th May 1878 Sold in 1892

HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon - Name History

The fifteenth “DRAGON” was a 6-gun screw sloop launched at Devonport in 1878.  She was of 1140 tons, 1010 horse-power, and 11.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 170ft., 36ft., 15ft.   In 1882 the “Dragon,” commanded by Commander Edward Grey Hulton, took part in the Egyptian War.   In August 1882 the “Dragon” contributed to a Naval Brigade which was disembarked at Suez.  The inhabitants understood that the town was in danger of being burnt, but the Naval Brigade, composed mostly of marines, occupied the town, and the Egyptian troops fled.    In 1884 and 1885 the “Dragon” was employed in the suppression of slavery in the Persian Gulf and east coast of Africa.  In 1892 the “Dragon” was sold. 

HMS Espiegle 3rd August 1880 Sold in 1921.
HMS Gannet 31st August 1878 Was still afloat in 1978 present situation unknown.
HMS Kingfisher 16th December 1879 Sold in 1919.
HMS Miranda 30th September 1879 Sold in 1892
HMS Mutine 20th July 1880 Sold in 1921.
HMS Pegasus 13th June 1878 Sold in 1892.
HMS Phoenix 16th September 1879 Wrecked off Prince Edward Island on 12th September 1882.

Dolphin Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Dolphin 9th December 1882 Became accommodation hulk for submarines in 1907. Sold in 1925.
HMS Wanderer 8th February 1883 Sold in 1907.

Mariner Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Mariner 23rd June 1884 Sold in 1929.
HMS Acorn 6th September 1884 Sold in 1889.
HMS Icarus 27th July 1885 Sold in 1903.
HMS Melita 20th March 1888 Sold in 1920.
HMS Racer 6th August 1884 Sold in 1928.
HMS Reindeer 14th November 1883 Sold in 1924.

Nymphe Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Nymphe 1st May 1888 Sold in 1920.

HMS Nymphe screw sloop pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Buzzard 10th May 1887 Sold in 1921.

Some of the crew of HMS Buzzard screw sloop manning the 12-pr QF Gun.

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HMS Daphne 29th May 1888 Sold in 1904.
HMS Swallow 27th October 1885 Sold in 1904.

Beagle Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Beagle 28th February 1889 Sold in 1905.
HMS Basilisk 6th April 1889 Sold in 1920.

Albert Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Albert 28th December 1894 Sold in 1926.
HMS Torch 28th December 1894 Sold in 1920.

HMS Torch, 1897.

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Phoenix Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Phoenix 25th April 1895 Capsized off Hong Kong on 18th September 1906.

The old sloop HMS Phoenix at anchor in the River Peiho c.1900.

HMS Algerine 6th June 1895 Sold in 1919.

Condor Class Steel Screw Sloops               View Class

HMS Condor 17th December 1898 Foundered in 1901.
HMS Mutine 1st March 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1932.
HMS Rinaldo 25th May 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
HMS Rosario 17th December 1898 Sold for scrapping in 1923.
HMS Shearwater 10th February 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1922.
HMS Vestal 10th February 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1921.

Cadmus Class Steel Screw Sloops              View Class

HMS Cadmus 29th April 1903 Sold in 1921.
HMS Clio 14th March 1903 Sold in 1920.
HMS Espiegle 8th December 1900 Sold in 1923.
HMS Fantome 23rd March 1901 Sold in 1925.
HMS Merlin 30th November 1901 Sold in 1923.
HMS Odin 30th November 1901 Sold in 1920.

Acacia Class

HMS Acacia 15th April 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Anemone 30th June 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Aster 1st May 1915 Mined 4th July 1917
HMS Bluebell 24th July 1915 Sold May 1930

HMS Bluebell with Chinese prisoners , Off China Coast 1920's 

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HMS Daffodil 17th August 1915 Sold February 1935

HMS Daffodil, 1934.

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HMS Magnolia 26th June 1915 Sold July 1932
HMS Dahlia 21st April 1915 Sold July 1932

HMS Dahlia at Leith, 1919.  Contributed by John Dixon.

The voyage when this photo was taken, was Leith to Riga, leaving Riga 31st December 1919, with many "Russian" refugees, for Sheerness via Copenhagen.  Decommissioned at Sheerness January 1920.

HMS Dahlia at Sea, 1919.  Contributed by John Dixon.

John Dixon's grandfather Lt J E Loveluck was master of HMS Dahlia from ~September 1919 to January 1920.

HMS Daphne 19th May 1915 Sold January 1923
HMS Foxglove 30th March 1915 Scrapped September 1946

HMS Foxglove, 1924.

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HMS Hollyhock 1st May 1915 Sold October 1930

HMS Hollyhock. Contributed by  John Moore

HMS Lily 6th June 1915 Sold June 1930
HMS Mallow 13th July 1915 Transferred to Australia July 1919.  Sunk as target 1st August 1935

HMS Mallow, 1930.

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HMS Honeysuckle 29th April 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Iris 1st June 1915 Sold January 1920
HMS Jonquil 12th May 1915 To Portugal May 1920
HMS Laburnum 10th June 1915 Lost at Singapore February 1942
HMS Larkspur 11th May 1915 Sold March 1922
HMS Lavender 12th June 1915 Torpedoed 4th May 1917
HMS Lilac 29th April 1915 Sold December 1922
HMS Marigold 27th May 1915 Sold January 1920
HMS Mimosa 16th July 1915 Sold November 1922
HMS Primrose 29th June 1915 Sold April 1923

HMS Primrose, 1917.

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HMS Sunflower 28th May 1915 Sold 27th January 1921
HMS Veronica 27th May 1915 Sold 22nd March 1935

Arabis Class

HMS Alyssum 5th November 1915 Mined 18th March 1917
HMS Amaryllis 9th December 1915 Sold January 1923
HMS Arabis 6th November 1915 Sunk 10th February 1916
HMS Asphodel 21st December 1915 To Denmark 16th June 1920
HMS Berberis 3rd February 1916 Sold January 1923
HMS Buttercup 24th October 1915 Sold February 1920
HMS Campanula 25th December 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Celandine 19th February 1916 Sold January 1923
HMS Cornflower 30th March 1916 Bombed 19th December 1941

HMS Cornflower.

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HMS Crocus 24th December 1915 Sold July 1930
HMS Cyclamen 22nd February 1916 Sold July 1932

HMS Cyclamen, 1921.

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HMS Delphinium 23rd December 1915 Sold October 1933

HMS Delphinium, 1926.

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HMS Genista 22nd February 1916 Torpedoed 23rd October 1916
HMS Gentian 23rd December 1915 Mined 16th July 1919
HMS Geranium 8th November 1915 Transferred to Australia 1920, Sunk as target 24th April 1935
HMS Gladiolus 25th October 1915 To Portugal September 1920
HMS Godetia 8th January 1916 Sold February 1937

HMS Godetia, 1930s.

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HMS Hydrangea 2nd March 1916 Sold April 1920
HMS Lobelia 7th March 1916 Sold March 1920
HMS Lupin 21st May 1916 Sold March 1946

HMS Lupin, 1937.

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HMS Lupin, laid up, May 1947.

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HMS Marguerite 23rd November 1915 Transferred to Australia 1919.  Sunk as target 1st August 1935
HMS Mignonette 26th January 1916 Mined 17th March 1917
HMS Myosotis 4th April 1916 Sold January 1923
HMS Nasturtium 21st December 1915 Mined 27th April 1916
HMS Nigella 10th December 1915 Sold November 1922
HMS Pansy 1st February 1916 Sold January 1920
HMS Pentstemon 15th February 1916 Sold April 1920

HMS Pentstemon, 1917.

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Lila, ex - HMS Pentstemon, 1920s.

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HMS Petunia 3rd April 1916 Sold December 1922
HMS Poppy 9th November 1915 Sold April 1923
HMS Primula 6th December 1915 Torpedoed 1st March 1916
HMS Rosemary 22nd November 1915 Sold December 1947
HMS Snapdragon 21st December 1915 Sold May 1934

HMS Snapdragom, 1916.

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HMS Snapdragon, 1925.

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HMS Valerian 21st February 1916 Foundered 22nd October 1926
HMS Verbena 9th November 1915 Sold October 1933

Bondi, HMS Verbena ships dog, died 30th January 1931.

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HMS Wallflower 8th November 1915 Sold August 1931
HMS Wisteria 7th December 1915 Sold January 1931

Aubrietia Class

HMS Aubretia 17th June 1916 Sold October 1922
HMS Heather 16th June 1916 Sold February 1932

HMS Heather, 1924.

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HMS Salvia 16th June 1916 Torpedoed 20th June 1917
HMS Tamarisk 2nf June 1916 Sold October 1922
HMS Tulip 15th July 1916 Torpedoed 20th April 1917
HMS Viola 14th July 1916 Sold October 1922
HMS Andromeda June 1917 To France 1917 (as Andromede)
HMS Gaillardia 19th May 1917 Mined 22nd March 1918
HMS Hibiscus 17th November 1917 Sold January 1923
HMS Lychnis 21st August 1917 Transferred to Royal Indian Marine, renamed Cornwallis.  Broken up 1946.
HMS Montbretia 3rd September 1917 Sold January 1923
HMS Polyanthus 24th September 1917 Sold May 1921

Anchusa Class

HMS Anchusa 21st April 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 16th July 1918.
HMS Arbutus 8th September 917 Torpedoed and sunk in 1917
HMS Auricula 4th October 1917 Sold in February 1923.
HMS Bergamot 5th May 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 13th August 1917.
HMS Bryony 27th October 1917 Scrapped in 1938.

HMS Bryony, October 1937.

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HMS Candytuft 19th May 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 18th November 1917.
HMS Ceanothus 2nd June 1917 Transferred to Indian Marine in May 1922, renamed Elphinstone. Wrecked on 29th January 1925.
HMS Chrysanthemum 10th November 1917 Became drill ship with RNVR in 1938. May still be moored off the London embankment.

HMS Chrysanthemum.

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HMS Convolvulus 19th May 1917 Sold in 1922.
HMS Coreopsis 15th September 1917 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Cowslip 19th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 25th April 1918.
HMS Dianthus 1st December 1917 Sold in June 1921.
HMS Eglantine 22nd June 1917 Sold in December 1921.
HMS Gardenia 27th December 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Gilia 15th March 1918 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Harebell 10th May 1918 Scrapped in 1939.

HMS Harebell, 1935.

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HMS Harebell, 1935.

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HMS Ivy 31st October 1917 Sold in February 1920.
HMS Marjoram 26th December 1917 Wrecked in January 1921.
HMS Mistletoe 17th November 1917 Sold in January 1921.
HMS Pelargonium 18th March 1918 Sold in May 1921.
HMS Rhododendron 15th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 5th May 1918.
HMS Saxifrage 29th January 1918 Became drill ship President with RNVR in 1921. Extant 1985.
HMS Silene 13th March 1918 Sold in December 1921.
HMS Spiraea 1st November 1917 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Sweetbriar 5th October 1917 Sold in October 1927.
HMS Syringa 29th September 1917 Transferred to Egypt on 31st March 1920, renamed Sollum.

HMS Syringa, 1918.

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HMS Tuberose 16th November 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Windflower 12th April 1918 Sold in October 1927.

24 Class

HMS Ard Patrick 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Cicero 1918 - 1919 Scrapped December 1920
HMS Flying Fox 1918 - 1919 Berthed at Bristol 1924 as Drill ship.
HMS Minoru 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Orby 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Rocksand 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Spearmint 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Bend Or 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Harvester 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Iroquois 1918 - 1919 Sold June 1937

HMS Iroquois, 1920.

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HMS Sefton 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Silvio 1918 - 1919 Scrapped 1946

HMS Silvio, 1919.

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HMS Sir Bevis 1918 - 1919 Became Drill ship 1923
HMS Donovan 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922

HMS Donovan, laid up, 1920.

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HMS Isinglass 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Sanfoin 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Sir Hugo 1918 - 1919 Broken up December 1921
HMS Ladas 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920

HMS Ladas, 1919.

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HMS Persimmon 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Sir Visto 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Merry Hampton 1918 - 1919 Mined 14th November 1944

HMS Herald (ex - HMS Merry Hampton), 1936.

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HMS Ormonde 1918 - 1919 Scrapped August 1937

24 Class Fleet Sweeping Sloop.

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Bridgewater Class

HMS Bridgewater 14th September 1928 Scrapped in 1947.

HMS Bridgewater.

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HMS Bridgewater, May 1939.

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HMS Bridgewater pictured c.1930

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HMS Sandwich 28th September 1928 Sold in 1946.

HMS Sandwich, 1923.

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Hastings Class
HMS Folkestone 12th February 1930 Scrapped in 1947.

HMS Folkestone.  Hong Kong Harbour, c.1934

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HMS Hastings 10th April 1930 Scrapped in 1946.

HMS Hastings, 1930s.

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HMS Hastings in the Persian Gulf, 1935.  Sent in by Peter Hadwin

 

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HMS Hastings

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HMS Penzance 10th April 1930 Sunk on 24th August 1940.

HMS Penzance, May 1939.

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HMS Scarborough 14th March 1930 Scrapped in 1949.

HMS Scarborough pictured c.1930. She was a minesweeping sloop.

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HMS Scarborough, laid up, June 1949.

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HMS Hindustan 12th May 1930 Scrapped in 1951.

Shoreham Class                         View Class

HMS Bideford 1st April 1931 Scrapped in 1949.
HMS Fowey 4th November 1930 Sold for scrapping in 1946.
HMS Rochester 16th July 1931 Scrapped in 1951.
HMS Shoreham 22nd November 1930 Sold for scrapping in 1946.
HMS Dundee 20th September 1932 Sunk on 15th September 1940 by German u-boat.
HMS Falmouth 19th April 1932 Scrapped in 1968.
HMS Milford 11th June 1932 Scrapped in 1949.
HMS Weston 23rd July 1932 Scrapped in 1947.

Grimsby Class                           View Class

HMS Aberdeen 22nd January 1936 Scrapped in 1949.
HMS Deptford 5th February 1935 Scrapped in 1948.
HMS Fleetwood 24th March 1936 Scrapped in 1959.
HMS Grimsby 19th July 1933 Bombed and sunk on 25th May 1941.
HMS Leith 9th September 1933 Sold to merchant navy in 1946. Transferred to Denmark in 1949, renamed Galathea.
HMS Londonderry 16th January 1935 Scrapped in 1948.
HMS Lowestoft 11th April 1934 Sold to merchant navy in 1946.
HMS Wellington 29th May 1934 Became the Master Mariner' Head Quarters ship in 1947.
HMS Parramata 18th June 1939 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Sunk on 27th November 1941 by German U-boat.
HMS Swan 28th March 1936 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Sold for scrapping in 1964.
HMS Warrego 10th February 1940 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Scrapped in 1966.
HMS Yarra 28th March 1935 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Sunk on 4th March 1942 by Japanese Navy ships.
 
HMS Indus 24th August 1934 Sunk on 6th April 1942 by Japanese aircraft.

HMS Indus, May 1937.

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HMS Indus.

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HMS Indus.

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Bittern Class
HMS Bittern 14th July 1937 Bombed by German aircraft and subsequently scuttled on 30th April 1940.

HMS Bittern, June 1938.

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HMS Enchantress 21st December 1934 Initially served as Admiralty Yacht.  Sold in 1946 to become a merchant ship Lady Enchantress.

HMS Enchantress, 1941.

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HMS Enchantress, July 1935.

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HMS Enchantress, 1941.

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HMS Enchantress.    

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HMS Enchantress.

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HMS Stork 21st April 1936 Scrapped in 1958.

HMS Stork, November 1946.

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Modified Bittern Class
HMS Jumna 16th November 1940 Survey vessel 1957. Extant 1980.
HMS Sutlej 1st October 1940 Survey vessel in 1955. Extant 1980.
HMS Godavari 21st January 1943 Transferred to Pakistan in 1948, renamed Sind. Sold in 1959.

Sind (ex - HMS Godavari), March 1950.

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Sind (ex - HMS Godavari), in dock, March 1950.

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HMS Narbada 21st November 1942 Transferred to Pakistan in 1948, renamed Jhelum. Scrapped in 1959.
Egret Class
HMS Auckland (ex Heron) 30th June 1938 Sunk on 24th June 1941.

HMS Auckland.    

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HMS Egret 31st May 1938 Sunk on 27th August 1943 by an Hs293 guided bomb.

HMS Egret

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HMS Egret, June 1943.

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HMS Egret of the Egret Class.

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HMS Pelican 12th September 1938 Scrapped in 1958.

HMS Pelican, May 1939.

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HMS Pelican, October 1947.

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HMS Pelican

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HMS Pelican, May 1939.

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HMS Pelican of the Egret Class pictured 10th May 1939.  

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Black Swan Class                         View Class

L57 Black Swan Yarrow   7th July 1939 Scrapped at Troon 13th September 1956
L.18  Flamingo Yarrow 18th April 1939 Went to West Germany in 1959 at became Graf Spee
U.03  Erne Richardson Westgarth, Furness 5th August 1940 Became RNVR Wessex finally hulked October 1965
U.99 Ibis Richardson Westgarth, Furness 28th November  1940 Sunk by Airborne Torpedo 10th November 1942
U.29 HMS Whimbrel Yarrow  25th August 1942 Became in 1949 Egyptian navy El Malek Farouq changing to Tarik in 1954
U.45  HMS Wild Goose Yarrow  14th October 1942 Scrapped at Bo ness 27th February 1956
U. 90  HMS Woodcock Fairfield   26th November 1942 Scrapped at Rosyth 28th November 1955
U.08 HMS Woodpecker Denny  29th June 1942 sunk by U.764 in the north Atlantic 27th February 1944
U.28  HMS Wren Denny   11th August 1942 Scrapped at Rosyth 2nd February 1956
Modified Black Swan Class                                View Class
HMS Actaeon Thornycroft 27th July 1945 transferred to Germany
HMS Alacrity Denny  1st September 1944 scrapped 1956
HMS Amethyst Stephen 7th May 1943 Scrapped 1957
HMS Chanticleer Denny 9th November 1942 constructive loss 18th November 1943
HMS Cygnet Cammell Laird 28th July 1942 Scrapped 1965
HMS Crane Denny 9th November 1942  Scrapped 1965
HMS Hart Stephen 7th July 1943 Sold to Germany 1959
HMS Hind Denny 30th September 1943 Scrapped 1958
HMS Kite Cammell Laird  13th October 1942 Sunk 21st August 1944
HMS Lapwing Scotts/Stephens 16th July 1943 Sunk 20th March 1945
HMS Lark Scotts  28th August 1943 Constructive loss 17th Feb. 1945
HMS Magpie Thornycroft 24th March 1943 Scrapped 1959
HMS Mermaid Denny 11th November 1943 Transferred to Germany in 1959.
HMS Modeste Chatham 29th January 1944 Scrapped in 1961.
HMS Nereide Chatham 29th January 1944 Scrapped in 1958.
HMS Opossum Denny 30th November 1944 Scrapped in 1960.
HMS Peacock Thornycroft 11th December 1943 Scrapped in 1958.
HMS Pheasant Yarrow 21st December 1942 Scrapped in 1963.
HMS Redpole Yarrow 25th February 1943 Scrapped in 1960.
HMS Snipe Denny 20th December 1945 Scrapped in 1960.
HMS Sparrow Denny 18th February 1946 Scrapped in 1958.
HMS Starling Fairfield 14th October 1942 Scrapped in 1965.
HMS Whimbrel Yarrow 25th August 1942 Transferred to Egypt in 1949.
HMS Wild Goose Yarrow 14th October 1942 Scrapped in 1959.
HMS Fairfield 26th November 1942 Scrapped in 1955.
HMS Woodpecker Denny 29th June 1942 Sunk on 27th February 1944 by U-Boat.
HMS Wren Denny 11th August 1942 Scrapped in 1956.
HMS Cauvery (RIN) Yarrow 15th June 1943 Extant 1980.
HMS Kistna (RIN) Yarrow 22nd April 1943 Extant 1980.
 
 

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 easyJet is one of the largest operators of the Airbus A319 with some 142 of the type on its strength.  G-EZAM is depicted beginning its final approach.

easyJet Airbus A319 by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 No one will ever know exactly what caused Max Immelmanns demise, but what is known is that his propeller was seen to disintegrate, which caused a series violent oscillations that ripped the Fokker E.III apart, the tail breaking away before the wings folded back, trapping the young German ace in his cockpit. The popular belief is that his interrupter gear malfunctioned, causing him to shoot away part of his own propeller, but British reports attribute Immelmanns loss to the gunnery of Cpl J H Waller from the nose of FE.2b 6346 flown by 2Lt G R McCubbin on Sunday, 18th June 1916. Immelmann was flying the spare E.III 246/16 as his own E.IV had been badly shot up earlier that day.

Immelmanns Last Flight by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 A pair of 272 Squadron Bristol Beaufighters roar over the extensively rebuilt battleship HMS Valiant as she lies at anchor at Alexandria late in 1941, accompanied by the cruiser HMS Phoebe and Valiants sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (in the extreme distance)

HMS Valiant and HMS Phoebe at Alexandria, 1941 by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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 Often described as the most effective fighter escorts in the US Army Air Force, the famous red-tailed Tuskegee airmen could proudly boast that they never lost a single bomber to enemy fighters in all the missions flown. Nearest aircraft here is the P51C of Lt. Lee A Archer Jr, who finished the war with four confirmed victories and one shared. His personal aircraft was named <i>Ina the Macon Belle</i> after his wife.

Red Tails by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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In 1944 Berlin was probably the most defended city in the world.  The Luftwaffe had kept what reserves it had for planes to defend Berlin.  On March 6th, 1944, The USAAF were involved in the massive air raid on Berlin, 69 B17s were lost – but the Luftwaffe lost 160 planes.  Whereas the US 8th Air Force could recover from these aircraft losses, the German Luftwaffe could not.  By the end of the war, the 8th Air Force and the Royal Air Force had destroyed 70% of Berlin.

Berlin Bound by Anthony Saunders.
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The military trained many of their first world war pilots on the Jenny.  Several thousand Jennies were produced and after the war many of these aircraft were purchased by some of the 20,000 airmen which left the armed services after world war one, paying a fraction of the cost for these aircraft.  Barnstorming began.  These pilots would make a living from Barnstorming across the US, giving rides to civilians for as much at 15 to 20 dollars a trip.  This was a time when most people had not seen an aircraft let alone go up in one.  Barnstorming gradually became saturated with pilots and aircraft and over a short peiod of time the prices paid for a trip in a Jenny went down toas low as 2 to 3 dollars, and making a living became hard for the pilots who could hardly pay for the fuel and living costs let alone aircraft maintenance.  There were a number of fatal accidents, but Barnstorming played a vital role in aviation and probably put the idea of becoming a pilot in the minds of many young boys who would later go on to fly in combat during world war two.

Balmy Days by Ivan Berryman.
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 At 0154am, Pilot officer Les Knight in Avro Lancaster AJ-N transmitted the codeword Dinghy, the signal that the Eder Dam had been successfully breached. Although the target was undefended by flak, its location made it extremely difficult to hit. In fact, four of the five aircraft involved in the attack failed in their attempts and Knights was the last available aircraft carrying the last available bomb!
Target Y The Eder Dam Raid, The Ruhr Valley, 17th May 1942 by David Pentland.
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 A pair of P51D Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, escort a damaged B17G Flying Fortress of the 381st Bomb Group back to its home base of Ridgewell, England, during the Autumn of 1944.

Last One Home by Ivan Berryman. (F)
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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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DHM1307.  Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.

Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.
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Viewed across the damaged stern of the 80-gun San Nicholas, Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captains bowsprit to use it as a bridge. The San Nicholas then fouled the Spanish three decker San Joseph (112), allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre. A British frigate is moving into a supporting position in the middle distance.

HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent by Ivan Berryman
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 Just seconds from opening fire with a broadside that will devastate her opponent, HMS Victory prepares to pass the stern of the French flagship Bucentaure, closely followed by the three-deckers HMS Temeraire and HMS Neptune. With guns unable to bear on the enemy fleet during the slow approach the British ships had endured terrible punishment with Victorys sails holed, her wheel smashed and her mizzen top shot away.

Breaking the Line by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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One of the finest battleships of all time, Bismarck was built by the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg and launched in February 1939.  Her first duty was for commerce raiding in the north Atlantic.  Together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, the destroyers Z10, Z16 and Z23 and a minesweeper.  The Bismarck, commanded by Vice Admiral Gunther Lutjens, left her last anchorage at Grimstadt Fjord in Norway.  Once Bismarcks departure was confirmed all available British forces were deployed to meet the threat.  On the 24th of May 1941 the Bismarck sailed into naval history - sinking the battlescruiser and pride of the British fleet - HMS Hood.  But Bismarck would have little time to celebrate, she was sunk by a scorned British fleet three days later.  Here Bismarck is depicted on the evening of the 21st May 1941 entering the open sea on her fateful final voyage.

Bismarck - The Final Voyage by Anthony Saunders (P)
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 Royal Fleet Auxiliary Olna prepares to receive HMS Active (F171) during the Falklands campaign of 1982.  HMS Coventry (D118) is in the background
RFA Olna by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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B151.  HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman.
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A class submarine, HMS Anchorite, swings away from the depot ship Adamant during work up exercises in the Firth of Clyde. In the mid fifties the depot ship was moored in Rothesay Bay providing a base for the 3rd Submarine Squadron. Leaving the moorings ahead of Anchorite is the frigate HMS Termagant which will day part in the days exercise.

Group Up- Half Ahead Starboard by Robert Barbour.
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 Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April, 2011. Men of <i>The Highlanders</i> 4th Royal Regiment of Scotland, patrol through a flowering poppy field near Lashkar Gah.

Poppy Fields by David Pentland. (AP)
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 The Battle of Barnet was fought in a heavy mist, on Easter Sunday 14th April 1471. Due to a misalignment of the opposing armies, all became confusion. The centre of the battle (as depicted here) was fought at close quarters, a mass of struggling knights and men at arms with comrade fighting comrade, their vision of the battle obscured by mist. The Yorkists under the leadership of King Edward IV triumphed, leaving the Lancastrians with hopes dashed. Their champion and leader, the great Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick The King Maker lay dead, cut down while struggling to regain his charger. In the painting Edward IV charges toward the banner of Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter, while in the foreground soldiers of the Houses of York and Lancaster hack and slash at each other in terrified butchery.

Battle of Barnet by Chris Collingwood. (GS)
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So Tell The Spartans, Stranger passing by that here, Obedient to their laws, we lie.   In 480 BC the Spartans tried to defend the pass at Thermopylae against the Persians led by Xerxes.  The Persian fleet had sailed along the coastline from northern Greece into the Gulf of Malia on the eastern Aegean Sea towards the mountains at Thermopylae. The Greek General and King Leonidas led the Greeks  and tried to defend the pass of Thermopylae.  All the defending Spartans were killed during the Battle of Thermopylae. Their defence and courage provided inspiration to the Greeks, and the following year the Greeks won battles against their old enemy the Persians.

Thermopylae 480BC, Spartan and Thespaian Hoplites. By Chris Collingwood.
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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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 A German machine gun team defend against the British 3rd Corps attack on the high ground north of the Somme.  This was to be the start of the final Allied offensive of the war.

The Machine Guns - Battle of Amiens, France, 8th August 1918 by David Pentland. (P)
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 Depicts Henry VIII on his way to the Historic meeting with Francis I of France in 1520.

Field of the Cloth of Gold by Sir John Gilbert.
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At 0620 hours covered by a brief barrage from 1000 guns, the tanks of C and F Battalions in MkIV tanks advanced alongside the men of the British 12th Division against the impregnable German Hindenburg line at Cambrai.  Supported in the air by 4 RFC squadron flying ground attack missions, the general offensive had broken through 3 trench lines and penetrated 5 miles on a 6 mile front by lunchtime.  Although these gains were not exploited and later retaken by a German counter offensive, Cambrai showed the full potential of the tank on the battlefield.

Battle of Cambrai, France, 20th November 1917 by David Pentland. (GL)
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DHM352B.  Battle of Leipzig, 16th-18th October 1813 by David Rowlands.

Battle of Leipzig, 16th-18th October 1813 by David Rowlands (B)
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PDB3.  Lenox Lewis II by Peter Deighan.
Lenox Lewis II by Peter Deighan.
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 Jonjo O'Neill.  Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 1984, Cheltenham Gold Cup 1986.

Dawn Run by Peter Deighan.
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 Michael Schumacher wins again!

From Pole to Flag by Graham Bosworth
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SFA15.  Bollocks by Chris Howells.

Bollocks by Chris Howells.
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Patrick Vieira by Gary Brandham. (Y)
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Saturday, 1 September, 2001.  Germany had only ever lost one World Cup qualifier at home in their history - but suddenly they were torn apart by an England team playing great attacking football  in Munich.  Coming from behind, Michael Owen blasted a stunning hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard  scoring England's 2nd and Heskey scoring the 5th goal, making the final score 5 - 1 to England.  This superb painting by Darren Baker shows Heskey celebrating his goal with a jubilant Owen and Beckham also celebrating.  <br><br>Germany: Kahn, Worns, Linke, Nowotny, Boehme, Hamann, Rehmer, Ballack, Deisler, Jancker, Neuville. <br><br>England: Seaman, G Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, A Cole, Barmby, Scholes, Gerrard, Beckham, Heskey, Owen.
England v Germany 5 - 1 by Darren Baker
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 A great tribute to one of the all time greats in golf who will be sadly missed.

Seve Ballesteros by Peter Deighan. (Y)
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 Jim Clark in his Lotus-Ford 38 winning in the record breaking 1965 Indianapolis 500 Mile Classic.

Jim Clark by Ray Goldsbrough.
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