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History of the Ship of the Line of the Royal Navy from the galleons of 1650 to the First Rate 120 gun Ship of the Line of 1845, including Caledonia Class, Queen Charlotte, Trafalgar, Victory, Leviathan, Royal Sovereign,  Vengeur and Black Prince Class.

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HMS Fawn  The first “FAWN” was the French 16-gun vessel “FAUNNE.”  She was taken in August 15th, 1805, to the westward of Rochefort by the “Goliath” and “Camilla.” 

HMS Fawn  The second “FAWN” was a 26-gun ship sloop, launched at Topsham in 1807.  She was of 424 tons, and carried a crew of 121 men.  Her length, beam, and draught were 108 ft., 30 ft., and 11 ft.           On May 28th, 1808, the “Fawn”, commanded by Commander the Hon. George A Crofton, sent her boats under two batteries at the north-east end of Puerto Rico, and they captured a Spanish privateer schooner and three merchant vessels.  The schooner subsequently blew up and the “Fawn’s” carpenter was killed and several badly burned.  On July 17th, 1808

HMS Calypso, launched 1879. 

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HMS Captain photographed  sent in by Ray Norman

The President was an old ship of the line which became a royal naval reserve drill ship c.1900. She is seen here without all her rigging.

Crew from the training ship HMS President. ©Tony Davies

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HMS Conway.

Photo taken in the Menai Strait mid-April 1953.  On 14th April 1953 HMS Conway was under tow from her normal mooring to Birkenhead up the Menai Strait/ the Swellies between the Welsh mainland and Anglesey.  Close to a place called the Platters on the Caernarfon side of the strait she ran aground due to strong currents and could not be refloated.  She caught fire 30th October 1956 during dismantling and burnt to the waterline.

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HMS Worcester

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HMS Marlborough, 1860.

HMS St Vincent.  Contributed by email.

HMS Worcester.

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HMS Cambridge c.1897

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HMS Excellent c.1897

HMS Britannia c. 1897

HMS Active c.1897

HMS Martin in 1902. She was a wooden sailing brig launched at Pembroke in 1890 and used as a tender to the training ship St Vincent. She measured 105 ft long with a displacement of 508 tons and a crew complement of 27. The little training brig HMS Martin passing out of Spithead under sail in 1897. At this time there were seven such training brigs attached to the various training ships. Martin was originally launched as Mayflower.

The images below were supplied with the following email message :  I recently acquired some pewter items, 3 of which are bowls marked "HMS AJAX".  They were with some WWII items, and I assumed that they were connected with that war.  However, one has a scratched on date of 1806.  I have learned that the British Navy has had several ships named Ajax over the years, and at this point I am not sure which ship these bowls are related to.  Each of the bowls is marked HMS AJAX.  One is marked "MESS 1", one is marked "MESS 2", the 3rd is marked "LB".  All 3 have the crown X mark.  It is the bowl marked LB that has "Patrick 1806" scratched into the base.  They are each just under 5 3/8 inches across the top and some 2 3/8 inches tall. I would appreciate any information you can give me.  Lee Berkovits.  

We believe these bowls date from the HMS Ajax involved in the Battle of Trafalgar.  If you can shed any more light on these, email us at

Ship List 1618-1642

Name Builder Date Fate
Prince Royal Phineas Pett I, Woolwich 1610 Rebuilt 1641
White Bear Phineas Pett I, Woolwich 1599 Sold 1629
Merhonour Phineas Pett I, Woolwich 1615 Sold 1650
Anne Royal (ex Ark Royal) Phineas Pett I, Woolwich 1608 Wrecked and broken up 1638.
Repulse   1610 Broken up 1645
Defiance Phineas Pett I, Woolwich 1615 Sold 1650
Warspite Stevens 1596 Harbour service 1635
(Red) Lion Baker, Deptford 1609 Rebuilt 1640
Vanguard Chatham 1615 Rebuilt 1631
Rainbow Bright, Deptford 1617 Sunk at Sheerness in 1680
Nonsuch   1603 Sold about 1645
Dreadnought Deptford 1614 Broken up in 1648
Speedwell Deptford 1607 Lost during 1624
Antelope   1618 Burnt in 1649
Constant Reformation Burrell, Deptford 1619 Joined the side of the Royalist in 1648 and was lost in 1651
Victory Burrell, Deptford 1620 Rebuilt in 1666
Swiftsure Burrell, Deptford 1621 Rebuilt in 1654
St George Burrell, Deptford 1622 Hulked in 1687
St Andrew Burrell, Deptford 1622 Wrecked in 1666
Triumph Burrell, Deptford 1623 Sold in 1688
(Happy) Entrance Burrell, Deptford 1619 Burnt in 1658
Garland Burrell, Deptford 1620 Captured by the Dutch in 1652
Bonadventure Burrell, Deptford 1621 Blown up in 1653
Sovereign of the Seas Phineas Pett II, Woolwich 1637 Rebuilt in 1660
Charles Phineas Pett I, Woolwich 1632 Wrecked in 1650
Henrietta Maria Goddard, Deptford 1633 Renamed Paragon in 1650 and lost in 1655
James Phineas Pett II, Woolwich 1634 Sold in 1682
Unicorn Boate, Woolwich 1634 Sold in 1688
Leopard Peter Pett I, Woolwich 1635 Captured by the Dutch in 1653
Vanguard Bright, Woolwich 1631 Wrecked and sold 1667
Lion Asplin, Woolwich 1640 Rebuilt in 1658
Prince Royal Peter Pett I, Woolwich 1641 Rebuilt in 1663

Ship List 1642-1660

Name Builder Date Fate
Constant Warwick Peter Pett I, Woolwich 1645 Rebuilt in 1666
Assurance Peter Pett I, Woolwich 1646 Sold in 1698
Adventure Peter Pett II, Woolwich 1646 Sold in 1688
Nonsuch Peter Pett I, Woolwich 1646 Wrecked in 1664
Dragon Goddard, Chatham 1647 Rebuilt 1690
Elizabeth Peter Pett I, Deptford 1647 Burnt by the Dutch in 1667
Phoenix Peter Pett II, Woolwich 1647 Wrecked in 1664
Tiger Peter Pett I, Woolwich 1647 Rebuilt in 1681
Antelope Woolwich 1651 Wrecked in 1652
Fairfax Peter Pett I, Deptford 1650 Burnt by accident 1653
Speaker Christopher Pett, Woolwich 1650 Renamed Mary after the Restoration. Rebuilt 1687
Fairfax John Taylor, Chatham 1653 Wrecked in 1682
Plymouth Taylor, Wapping 1653 Rebuilt in 1705
Essex Phineas Pett II, Deptford 1653 Taken by the Dutch in 1666.
Gloucester Graves, Limehouse 1654 Wrecked in 1682
Torrington Johnson, Blackwall 1654 Renamed Dreadnought after the Restoration. Lost 1690. 
Newbury Graves, Limehouse 1654 Renamed Revenge after the Restoration. Condemned 1678
Bridgewater Chamberlain, Deptford 1654 Renamed Anne after the Restoration. Blown up by accident in 1673
Lyme Tippets, Portsmouth 1654 Renamed Montague after the Restoration. Widened in 1675 and rebuilt in 1698
Marston Moor Johnson, Blackwall 1654 Renamed York after the Restoration. Wrecked in 1703 
Langport Bright, Horsleydown 1654 Renamed Henrietta after the Restoration. Wrecked in 1689 
Tredagh Phineas Pett II, Ratcliffe 1654 Renamed Resolution after the Restoration. Damaged by fire in action in 1666. 
Worcester Burrell II, Woolwich 1651 Renamed Dunkirk and after the Restoration rebuilt in 1692.
Monck Tippets, Portsmouth 1659 Rebuilt in 1702. 
Phoenix class 4th Rate Frigates
Name Builder Date Fate
Portsmouth Eastwood, Portsmouth 1650 Blown up during action in 1689.
Sapphire Peter Pett I, Ratcliffe 1651 Wrecked in 1670.
Hampshire Phineas Pett II, Deptford 1653 Rebuilt in 1686.
Elizabeth class 4th Rate Frigates
Name Builder Date Fate
President Peter Pett I, Deptford 1650 Renamed Bonadventure after the Restoration and widened in 1663, rebuilt 20 years later.
Reserve Peter Pett II, Woodbridge 1650 Rebuilt in 1701.
Advice Peter Pett I, Woodbridge 1650 Rebuilt in 1698.
Pelican Taylor, Wapping 1650 Burnt by accident in 1656.
Centurion Peter Pett I, Ratcliffe 1650 Wrecked in 1689.
Foresight Shish, Deptford 1650 Wrecked in 1698.
Assistance Johnson, Deptford 1650 Rebuilt in 1687.
Laurel Portsmouth 1651 Wrecked in 1657.
Gainsborough Taylor, Pitchouse 1653 Renamed Swallow after the Restoration and then wrecked in 1692.
Preston Carey, Woodbridge 1653 Renamed Antelope after the Restoration and sold in 1693
Nantwich Baylie, Bristol 1654 Renamed Breda after the Restoration but wrecked in 1666.
Jersey Starling, Maldon 1654 Captured by the French in 1691.
Maidstone Munday, Woodbridge 1654 Renamed Mary Rose after the Restoration but captured by the French in 1691.
Ruby Class 4th Rate Frigates
Name Builder Date Fate
Ruby Peter Pett I, Deptford 1651 Captured by the French in 1707.
Diamond Peter Pett I, Deptford 1651 Captured by the French in 1693.
Kentish Johnson, Deptford 1652 Wrecked in 1672.
Sussex Deptford 1652 Blown up by accident in 1653.
Portland Taylor, Wapping 1653 Scuttled (burnt) to avoid capture in 1692.
Newcastle Phineas Pett II, Ratcliffe 1653 Wrecked in 1703.
Bristol Tippets, Portsmouth 1653 Rebuilt in 1693.
Yarmouth Edgar, Yarmouth 1653 Broken up in 1680.
Taunton Castle, Rotherhithe 1654 Renamed Crown after the Restoration then rebuilt in 1689.
Dover Castle, Shoreham 1654 Rebuilt in 1695.
Winsby Edgar, Yarmouth 1654 Renamed Happy Return after the Restoration then captured by the French in 1691.
Leopard Shish, Deptford 1659 Sunk 1699.
Princess Furzer, Lydney 1661 Broken up 1680.
First Rate
Name Builder Date Fate
Naseby Peter Pett II, Woolwich 1655 Renamed Royal Charles after the Restoration then captured by the Dutch in 1667.
Second Rates      
Richard Christopher Pett, Woolwich 1658 Renamed Royal James after the Restoration. Burnt by the Dutch in 1667.
Dunbar Callis, Deptford 1656 Renamed Henry after the Restoration. Burnt by accident in 1682.
London Taylor, Chatham 1654 Blown up by accident in 1665.

Ship List 1660-1675

Name Builder Date Fate
Second Rates      
Royal Oak Tippets, Portsmouth 1664 Burnt by the Dutch in 1667.
Royal Katherine Christopher Pett, Woolwich 1664 Rebuilt in 1702.
Loyal London Taylor, Deptford 1666 Ruined by fire 1702.
Third      
Cambridge Jonas Shish, Deptford 1666 Wrecked in 1694.
Rupert Deane, Harwich 1666 Rebuilt in 1703.
Defiance Castle, Deptford 1666 Burnt by accident in 1668.
Warspite Johnson, Blackwall 1666 Rebuilt in 1702.
Monmouth Phineas Pett II, Chatham 1667 Rebuilt in 1700.
Fourth Rates      
Greenwich Christopher Pett, Woolwich 1666 Rebuilt in 1669.
St Patrick Baylie, Bristol 1666 Captured in 1667.
St David Furzer, Lydney 1667 Foundered in 1690.
Construction During the 2nd Dutch War
100-Gun Ships      
Prince Phineas Pett II, Deptford 1670 Rebuilt in 1692 and renamed Royal William.
Royal James Deane, Portsmouth 1671 Burnt during action in 1672.
Royal Charles Deane, Portsmouth 1673 Rebuilt in 1693 and renamed Queen.
90-96 Gun Ships      
Charles Shish, Deptford 1668 Rebuilt in 1701.
St Michael Tippets, Portsmouth 1669 Rebuilt in 1706 and subsequently renamed Marlborough.
London Shish, Deptford 1670 Rebuilt in 1706.
St Andrew Christopher Pett, Woolwich 1670 Rebuilt 1703 and subsequently renamed Royal Anne.
Third Rates      
Resolution Deane, Harwich 1667 Rebuilt in 1698.
Edgar Baylie, Bristol 1668 Rebuilt in 1700.
Construction During the 3rd Dutch War
Name Builder Date Fate
First Rate      
Royal James Deane, Portsmouth 1675 Renamed Victory 1691; then rebuilt in 1695.
Third Rate      
Swiftsure Deane, Harwich 1673 Rebuilt in 1696.
Harwich Deane, Harwich 1674 Wrecked in 1691.
Royal Oak Shish, Deptford 1674 Rebuilt in 1690.
Defiance Phineas Pett II, Chatham 1675 Rebuilt in 1695.
Fourth Rate      
Oxford Baylie, Bristol 1674 Enlarged in 1702 and then rebuilt in 1727.
Kingfisher Phineas Pett III, Woolwich 1675 Rebuilt in 1699.
Woolwich Phineas Pett III, Woolwich 1675 Rebuilt in 1702.
Captured Ships      
Ruby (Originally Rubis)   1664 Hulked and sold in 1682 eventually broken up in 1685.
Stavoreen     Sold in 1682.
Arms of Rotterdam     Hulked in 1675 and eventually broken up in 1703.

Ship List from 1677-1688

Name Builder Date Fate
First Rate 100 Gun Ships      
Britannia Phineas Pett II, Chatham 1682 Stripped down to pieces in 1715 and then rebuilt in 1719.
Second Rate 90 Gun Ships      
Vanguard Furzer, Portsmouth 1678 Rebuilt in 1710.
Windsor Castle Shish, Woolwich 1678 Wrecked in 1693.
Duchess Shish, Deptford 1679 Renamed Princess Anne in 1701 then changed back to Windsor Castle in 1702, renamed again as Blenheim in 1706 before being rebuilt in 1709.
Sandwich Betts, Harwich 1679 Rebuilt in 1712.
Albemarle Betts, Harwich 1680 Rebuilt 1704.
Duke Shish, Woolwich 1682 Renamed Prince George after being rebuilt in 1701.
Ossory Furzer, Portsmouth 1682 Renamed Prince in 1705 and rebuilt in 1711.
Neptune Shish, Deptford 1683 Rebuilt in 1710.
Coronation Betts, Portsmouth 1685 Wrecked in 1691.
Third Rate 70 Gun Ships      
Anne Phineas Pett II, Chatham 1678 Burnt in 1690 after the battle at Beachy Head.
Captain Shish, Woolwich 1678 Rebuilt in 1708.
Hampton Court Shish, Deptford 1678 Rebuilt in 1701.
Hope Castle, Deptford 1678 Captured in 1695.
Lennox Shish, Detford 1678 Rebuilt in 1701.
Restoration Betts, Harwich 1678 Rebuilt in 1702.
Berwick Phineas Pett II, Chatham 1679 Rebuilt in 1700.
Breda Betts, Harwich 1679 Accidentally burnt in 1690.
Burford Shish, Woolwich 1679 Rebuilt in 1699.
Eagle Furzer, Portsmouth 1679 Rebuilt in 1699.
Elizabeth Castle, Deptford 1679 Rebuilt in 1704.
Essex Johnson, Blackwall 1679 Rebuilt in 1700.
Expedition Furzer, Portsmouth 1679 Rebuilt in 1699.
Grafton Shish, Woolwich 1679 Rebuilt in 1700.
Kent Johnson, Blackwall 1679 Rebuilt in 1699.
Northumberland Baylie, Bristol 1679 Rebuilt in 1702.
Pendennis Phineas Pett II, Chatham 1679 Wrecked in 1689.
Stirling Castle Shish, Deptford 1679 Rebuilt in 1699.
Exeter Johnson, Blackwall 1680 Hilked in 1691.
Suffolk Johnson, Blackwall 1680 Rebuilt in 1699.
Fourth Rate Ships 1683-88      
Mordaunt Castle, Deptford 1681 Stranded in 1693.
Deptford Shish, Woolwich 1687 Rebuilt in 1700.
St Albans Shish, Deptford 1687 Wrecked in 1693.
Sedgemoor Lee, Chatham 1687 Wrecked in 1689.

Ship List 1688-1697

Name Builder Date Fate
Two Decker Third Rate 80 Gun Ships      
Devonshire Wyatt, Bursledon April 1692 Rebuilt in 1704.
Cornwall Winter, Southampton April 1692 Rebuilt in 1706.
Boyne Harding, Deptford May 1692 Rebuilt in 17008.
Russell Stigant, Portsmouth June 1692 Rebuilt in 1709.
Norfolk Winter, Southampton March 1693 Rebuilt in 1728.
Humber Frame, Hull March 1693 Rebuilt in 1708.
Sussex Lee, Chatham April 1693 Wrecked in 1694.
Torbay Harding, Deptford December 1693 Rebuilt in 1719.
Lancaster Wyatt, Bursledon April 1694 Rebuilt in 1722.
Dorsetshire Winter, Southampton December 1694 Rebuilt in 1712.
Cambridge Harding, Deptford December 1695 Rebuilt in 1715.
Chichester Lee, Chatham March 1695 Rebuilt in 1706.
Newark Frame, Hull June 1695 Rebuilt in 1717.
Three Decker Third Rate 80 Gun Ships      
Shrewsbury Stigant, Portsmouth February 1695 Rebuilt in 1713.
Cumberland Wyatt, Bursledon November 1695 Captured in 1707.
Ranelagh Harding, Deptford June 1697 Renamed as Princess Caroline in 1728 before being rebuilt in 1731.
Somerset Lee, Chatham May 1698 Hulked in 1715 and eventually broken up in 1740.
Fourth Rate 60 Gun Ships      
Carlisle Snelgrove, Deptford February 1693 Wrecked in 1696.
Winchester Wyatt, Bursledon April 1693 Foundered in 1695.
Medway Furzer, Sheerness August 1693 Rebuilt in 1718.
Canterbury Snelgrove, Deptford December 1693 Rebuilt in 1722.
Sunderland Winter, Southampton March 1694 Hulked in 1715 and then deliberately sunk in 1737.
Pembroke Snelgrove, Deptford November 1694 Captured in 1709.
Gloucester Clements, Bristol February 1695 Used for harbour service in 1706 before being broken up in 1731.
Windsor Snelgrove, Deptford October 1695 Rebuilt in 1729.
Kingston Frame, Hull March 1695 Rebuilt in 1719.
Exeter Bagwell, Portsmouth May 1697 Rebuilt in 1744.
Third Rate 70 Gun Ships      
Breda Lawrence, Woolwich April 1692 Broken up in 1730.
Yarmouth Barret, Harwich January 1694 Rebuilt in 1709.
Ipswich Barret, Harwich April 1694 Rebuilt in 1730.
Bedford Harding, Woolwich September 1698 Rebuilt in 1741.
Orford Snelgrove, Deptford 1698 Rebuilt in 1712.
Nassau Waffe, Portsmouth 1699 Wrecked in 1706.
Revenge Miller, Deptford 1699 Renamed Buckingham in 1711 before being hulked in 1727 and subsequently sunk for a foundation in 1745.
64 Gun Ships      
Dreadnought Johnson, Blackwall 1691 She was reduced to a fourth rate ship in 1697 before being rebuilt in 1706.
Second Rate 90 Gun Ships      
Association Bagwell, Portsmouth 1697 Wrecked in 1707.
Barfleur Harding, Deptford August 1697 Rebuilt in 1716 as an 80 gun ship..
Namur Lawrence, Woolwich 1697 Rebuilt in 1729.
Triumph Lee, Chatham 1698 Renamed in 1714 as Prince and rebuilt in 1750.
Fourth Rate 50 Gun Ships      
Falmouth Snelgrove, Deptford June 1693 Captured in 1704.
Norwich Castle, Deptford 1693 Rebuilt in 1718.
Southampton Parker & Winter, Southampton June 1693 Rebuilt 1700.
Weymouth Stigant, Portsmouth 1693 Rebuilt 1718.
Angelsea Waffe, Plymouth 1694 Downgraded to a fifth rate ship in 1719 before being rebuilt in 1725.
Colchester Johnson, Blackwall 1694 Foundered in 1704.
Lincoln Lawrence, Woolwich September 1695 Foundered in 1703.
Coventry Harding, Deptford 1695 Captured 1704.
Hampshire Taylor, Cuckolds Point March 1698 Broken up in 1739.
Dartmouth Parker, Southampton March 1698 Rebuilt 1716.
Winchester Wells, Rotherhithe March 1698 Rebuilt 1717.
Salisbury Herring, Bucklers Hard April 1698 Captured in 1703 then recaptured in 1704. She was then renamed Preston before being rebuilt in 1742.
Worcester Winter, Southampton May 1698 Rebuilt 1714.
Jersey Moore & Nye, East Cowes November 1698 Hulked in 1731 and in 1763 she was sunk.
Carlisle Waffe, Plymouth 1698 Accidentally blown up in 1700.
Tilbury Chatham 1699 Broken up in 1726.
Chester Lawrence, Woolwich March 1691 Captured in 1707.
Chatham Lee, Chatham October 1691 Rebuilt in 1721.
Centurion Harding, Deptford 1691 Broken up 1728.
Norwich Stigant, Portsmouth 1691 Wrecked 1692.
Portland Lawrence, Woolwich March 1693 Rebuilt 1230.
Dartmouth Shish, Rotherhithe July 1693 Captured in 1695 then recaptured and renamed Vigo in 1702. She was wrecked one year later.
Rochester Lee, Chatham 1693 Rebuilt in 1715.
Lichfield Stigant, Portsmouth 1694 Rebuilt in 1730.
Romney Johnson, Blackwall 1694 Wrecked in 1707.
Burlington Johnson, Blackwall 1695 Broken up in 1733.
Harwich Castle, Deptford 1695 Wrecked in 1700.
Pendennis Castle, Deptford 1695 Captured in 1705.
Severn Johnson, Blackwall 1695 Rebuilt in 1739.
Falkland Built in New England and purchased in 1696   Rebuilt in 1702.
Blackwall Johnson, Blackwall 1696 Captured in 1705 then recaptured in 1708 and subsequently broken up.
Guernsey Johnson, Blackwall 1696 Rebuilt in 1717.
Nonsuch Castle, Deptford 1696 hulked in 1740 and broken up five years later.
Warwick Castle, Deptford 1696 Rebuilt in 1710.
 

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 Following the successful attack on the Mohne dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943, three Lancasters of 617 Sqn turned their attention to the Eder, some twelve minutes flying time away, accompanied by Wing Commander Guy Gibson to oversee the next attack. After several aborted attempts to obtain the correct height and direction for their bomb run by Flight Lieutenant Shannon (AJ-L) and  Squadron Leader H E Maudslay (AJ-Z), Gibson called in Maudslay to try again. During his second approach, he released his Upkeep bomb too late. It struck the top of the dam wall and bounced back into the air where it exploded right behind Maudslay's aircraft, lighting up the entire valley and causing considerable damage to the aircraft that had dropped it. Despite what must have been crippling damage, AJ-Z did manage to limp away from the scene and begin the return journey, but Maudslay and all his crew were sadly lost when their aircraft was shot down by flak at Emmerich-Klein-Netterdn. The Eder was finally successfully breached by Pilot Officer Les Knight's aircraft, ED912(G), AJ-N, which returned safely.

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 After service in the 96th Infantry Regiment, Smirnov joined the XIX Corps Air Squadron in 1914, shooting down twelve enemy aircraft in the course of two years. When revolution swept through Russia in November 1917, he escaped the Bolsheviks via a White counter-revolutionary route, eventually joining the RAF in England, serving at the Central Flying School at Upavon. He is shown here in his silver Nieuport 17, having just despatched a Roland C.II.

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 F/Lt (later Wing Commander) Baldwin was to become the highest-scoring Typhoon pilot of all with 15 confirmed victories, one shared, one probable and four damaged. He is depicted here downing a Bf.109 in Typhoon 1B, DN360 (PR-A) of 609 Sqn over Beachy Head.

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 A splendid little war was how John Hay, ambassador to Britain, described the Spanish-American war of 1898. Though the war was small in scope it was large in consequences; it promoted the regeneration of the American Navy and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. Fought primarily at sea, the war created an American naval legend in its opening encounter between the pacific squadrons of Spain and the United States at Manila Bay on the 1st of May 1898. At sunrise Admiral Dewey, leading the American fleet in his flagship the USS Olympia, had caught the Spanish fleet, under Admiral Patricio Montojo, by surprise - still anchored off Sangley Point at Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands. Defeat for the Spanish was total and heralded the end of a once extensive Spanish empire in the Americas. Montojos flagship, Reina Cristina, is seen here under fire from the Olympia.

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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

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SMS Seydlitz 1916 by Randall Wilson (P)
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DHM1307.  Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.

Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.
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 Lieutenant of the Royal Navy commands marines and crew during a sea battle with the French during the battle of Cape St Vincent.

In the Thick of Battle by Chris Collingwood.
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MILITARY PRINTS

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Some Current Half Price Military Art Offers

As the French regiment man the postion while under heavy attack, a French drummer boy and soldier are seen attending the wounded mascot dog of the regiment.
The Dog of the Regiment is Wounded by Horace Vernet. (Y)
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 Commissioned by 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Battery, Royal Artillery in 1997 to commemorate bicentenary. Boer prisoner with early morning Yeomanry patrol, Transvaal, 1900.
The Prisoner by Scott Kirkwood
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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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 On the night of 6th April 1812 Wellingtons Army, surrounding the walled Spanish town of Badajoz (garrisoned by Napoleons soldiers under general Baron Philippon) is ready to attack! The men of the 45th regiment from Pictons 3rd Division launch themselves in a desperate and bloody assault against the north castle wall. Carrying improvised ladders, the men have their top buttons undone, overalls rolled up and are stripped for action. The castles defenders (Germans, allied to Napoleon of the Graf und Erbprinz Regiment from Hesse-Darmstadt) partroling the walls in their greatcoats are intially surprised by the bold assault from this sector but they have been preparing the strong defenses for some time. Soon the night air is full of musketry, falling masonry, burning bundles of ropes and exploding grenades or mines. Despite the horrific casualties suffered the attackers press home. As the first scaling ladders are raised near a small bell tower the young Lt. James Macpherson reaches for the top of the wall. The ladders are too short! Undaunted he cries to his men below to lift the base of the ladder closer to the wall. This rapid, vertical movement suddenly propels him to a height several feet above the Germans heads. A shot rings out as one of the defenders fires point blank into the young mans chest. Fortunately the lead ball only strikes a glancing blow, cleaving in two a button of the officers waist coat and dislocating one of his ribs. Despite his fortunate escape, the force of the impact nearly sends him tumbling from the ladder. Somehow he maintains his grasp but the ladder itself gives way under the weight of the men following. Some unfortunates are impaled on the bayonets of their comrades below. Leaping from the rungs of another ladder, Corporal Kelly is the first man over the top and gradually the 45th gain a foothold on the ramparts. The rest of the regiment is ordered to unfix bayonets. Using the few remaining ladders, others also manage to scale the walls. Through the carnage they climb, club and shoot their way into the castle itself! Maepherson now regains consciousness at the foot of the wall and revived with a cup of coco from his friend A.A. General Hercules Packenham, who was directly behind him on the ladder when it broke. Though winded by the shot he rises to his feet. This sudden movement relocates his rib and he is able to climb the ladders once more. Once over the defense he sees the old towers of Apendez and Albar-rana to his left and the cathedral illuminated by gun fire in the distance. However his objective is directly ahead. Atop the abandoned tower of Santa Maria before him still flies the French tricolour. Macplierson seizes the opportunity, mounts the spiral stairway to the top turret and pulls down the enemy flag. For want of a substitute he flies his own red jacket from the pole, signifying that the castle has fallen. In the rest of the town the fighting continues and turns into a blood lust. Badajoz is one of the bloodiest and violent sieges of the Peninsula War. On the following day Maepherson presents his trophy to the Duke of Wellington himself but his bravery is not rewarded with a promotion.

Badajoz by Mark Churms. (Y)
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DHM219.  With Banners Bravely Spread by Sir John Gilbert.

With Banners Bravely Spread by Sir John Gilbert.
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 Battle of Hydaspes. Porus had a very large army which included 200 war elephants. The battle saw a charge by the elephants, against the Macedonian forces, which began to look successful. Seeing this, Porus Cavalry charged, against Alexanders cavalry (in this period it was very unusual to have cavalry contact) The elephant charge began to falter and the battle edged towards victory for Alexander. Due to his admiration of Porus as a leader, Alexander granted him honourable terms and built an alliance with him. His army was not so fortunate, with 3,000 cavalry lost and 20,000 infantry killed.

Defeat of Porus by Alexander the Great 326BC by Francois Louis Joseph Watteau. (Y)
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VAR442.  Victory at Candahar by Stanley Berkeley.

Victory at Candahar by Stanley Berkeley.
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 Wearing patched white trousers and gaiters made of mattress ticking. In the mid distance, officers of the Polish Lancers and the Guard. Napoleon stands on the distant cliff. To the right a ship flies a tricolour. The Elba battalion was Napoleons bodyguard in exile, comprising six companies of Guardsmen, 100 artillery men and a crew of 21 seamen, They formed the nucleus of the Imperial Guard in 1815.

A Grenadier of the Guard at Elba by Horace Vernet. (Y)
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SPORT PRINTS

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 A celebration of Nigel Mansells success in winning the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy Car Championship in successive years. A celebration of the magnificent talents of Nigel Mansell. He made his debut in Formula 1 in 1981 and his superb driving technique made an instant impact. He recorded victory after victory coming agonisingly close to being world champion many times before gaining his well deserved Formula 1 title in 1992. The following year he recorded an unprecedented double, gaining the Indy Car championship in 1993. A feat that reserves his name quite rightly in the record books.
Mansell by Peter Deighan.
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 Twickenham, March 16th 1996.  England return to the running game to clinch victory in style over Ireland and retain the Five Nations Championship.

In Full Flight by Keith Fearon.
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SP4.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.
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SFA7.  Galileo by Stephen Smith.

Galileo by Stephen Smith.
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Whilst flat-racing enthusiasts may argue which horse was the best Derby Winner, artist Peter Deighan was deciding for himself, he made a short list of six.  His canvas entitled Derby Winners depicts these six. They include the great Shergar, who ran the fastest Derby in history and won by a record ten lengths.  Also included are Golden Fleece, Reference Point, Teenoso, The Minstrel and the fantastic Nashwan.  Any of these could be classified as the greatest.

Derby Winners by Peter Deighan.
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PDB3.  Lenox Lewis II by Peter Deighan.
Lenox Lewis II by Peter Deighan.
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 Richard Burns and Robert Reid.  Subaru Impreza WRC 99
Rain or Shine by Michael Thompson
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 Michael Schumacher wins again!

From Pole to Flag by Graham Bosworth
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