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 The Leander class cruiser HMS Orion is shown departing Grand Harbour Malta late in 1945.

HMS Orion by Ivan Berryman.
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 Sitting menacingly at a depth of 15 metres below the surface, just 2 km outside the heavily defended harbour of Alexandria, the Italian submarine Scire is shown releasing her three manned torpedoes, or <i>Maiali</i>, at the outset of their daring raid in which the British battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant and a tanker, were severely damaged on 3rd December 1941.  All six crew members of the three <i>Maiali</i> survived the mission, but all were captured and taken prisoner.  Luigi Durand de la Penne and Emilio Bianchi can be seen moving away aboard 221, whilst Vincenzo Martellotta and Mario Marino (222) carry out systems checks.  Antonio Marceglia and Spartaco Schergat, on 223, are heading away at the top of the picture.

Assault from the Deep by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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 Gneisenau returns to Kiel harbour after participating in Operation Nord Mark. With number one bowline secured crew crew prepares to bring the ship alongside.

K.M.S. Gneisenau - Stand by The Bowlines by Randall Wilson (P)
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 Pirate ship in the shallows of a reef, and under fire from a fort.
Pirate Ship by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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 The German Heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen is depicted in a quiet moment at Gotenhaven in April 1941 whilst engaged in exercises with her consort, the mighty Bismarck that would eventually lead to Operation Rheinubung,. Bismarck herself is alongside in the distance, where final preparations for their foray into the North sea and beyond are being made.

Prinz Eugen by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 Avery and his vessel the Fancy being a ship of 46 guns and 150 men set sail in 1695 bound for Madagascar. On the way the fancy caught up with and captured the Ganj-i-Sawai, owned by the Great Mogul himself. Its name means Exceeding Treasure and the treasure it yielded surpassed anything yet seen in the history of piracy. Long Ben became the pirates pirate.

Captain Henry Long Ben Avery by Chris Collingwood. (GL)
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Emden and Blucher arriving at Schweinamund to depart the next day for Oslo.

Emden and Blucher by Randall Wilson (P)
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The key to Nelsons victories always lay in his meticulous planning and the Battle of Copenghagen was no exception as he used his fleet to first destroy the Danish floating defences so that his bomb vessels could be brought up to bombard the city itself.  The Danes eventually capitulated, but they had fought hard and over 2,000 men had died on both sides before the end of the battle.  In this view, HMS Elephant, carrying the flag of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, dominates the scene as the battle gathers intensity.  British ships depicted, left to right, are the Glatton (54), Elephant (74), Ganges (74) and Monarch (74)

The Battle of Copenhagen, 2nd April 1801 by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  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 Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)


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Displacement: 10,000 tons Speed: 32kt Complement: 850 Armament: Twelve 6 inch guns in threes. Twelve 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in mounts of eight as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in pairs. Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes and 3 aircraft.

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On this day in naval history....

18 October

Found 90 matching entries.






18thOctober1890HMS GarnetArrived Malta from Port Said
18thOctober1899HMS BulwarkLaunched
18thOctober1906HMS C4Launched
18thOctober1911HMS GoshawkLaunched
18thOctober1924HMS CumberlandLaid down Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)
18thOctober1930HMS KempenfeltLaid down at J. Samuel White, Cowes
18thOctober1930HMS BridgewaterArrived Chemulpo
18thOctober1932HMS DelhiArrived Bermuda
18thOctober1932HMS CuracoaSailed Oreos
18thOctober1932HMS CuracoaArrived Volo
18thOctober1932HMS CurlewArrived Volo
18thOctober1932HMS CodringtonJames Wilfred Sussex Dorling in Command
18thOctober1933HMS DefenderArrived Muscat
18thOctober1933HMS DefenderSailed Muscat
18thOctober1933HMS DanaeSailed Kingston
18thOctober1933HMS BoadiceaCommander Mackintosh. LD DSO DSC RN in Command
18thOctober1933HMS BeagleLt. Cdr. St John Aldrich Micklethwait Assumed Command
18thOctober1934HMS EagleSailed Chusan for Hong Kong
18thOctober1934HMS CockchaferArrived Kiukiang
18thOctober1934HMS DespatchSailed Famagusta for Haifa
18thOctober1934HMS DiomedeArrived Melbourne
18thOctober1934HMS DragonArrived Bermuda
18thOctober1934HMS DunedinArrived Melbourne
18thOctober1934HMS DurbanSailed Haifa for Port Said
18thOctober1934HMS EmeraldArrived Aden
18thOctober1934HMS BruceSailed Chusan for Hong Kong
18thOctober1934HMS BrokeSailed Mount's Bay
18thOctober1934HMS BrokeArrived Fowey
18thOctober1934HMS GrimsbyArrived Penang
18thOctober1934HMS GrimsbyArrivbed Penang
18thOctober1934HMS GrimsbyArrived Penang
18thOctober1937HMS CyclopsSailed Alexandria
18thOctober1937HMS ClydeSailed Alexandria
18thOctober1937HMS DouglasSailed Alexandria
18thOctober1937HMS DorsetshireArrived Hong Kong
18thOctober1939HMS IntrepidAssisted Steamer Imperial Star which was attacked by a U-boat, 60 miles west of the Scillies
18thOctober1939HMS CossackSailed Rosyth
18thOctober1939HMS DefenderSailed Malta to escort HMS Ramilles
18thOctober1939HMS EskArrived the Loire with Convoy BC.11
18thOctober1939HMS DanaeSailed Dakar for St. Helena
18thOctober1939HMS CalcuttaArrived Grimsby
18thOctober1939HMS ColomboArrived Sullom Voe
18thOctober1939HMS CaledonArrived Kirkwall
18thOctober1939HMS AmazonDetached from Convoy OA.20
18thOctober1939HMS AmazonDamaged in a collision
18thOctober1939HMS AmazonDamaged in collision with steamer Aracataca at 1448 in convoy OG.3
18thOctober1939HMS AntelopeDetached from Convoy OA.20
18thOctober1939HMS DaintySailed Malta to escort HMS Ramilles
18thOctober1939HMS ElectraJoined Convoy HG.3 from Convoy OA.19
18thOctober1939HMS ElectraJoined Convoy HG.3
18thOctober1939HMS EscortJoined Convoy HG.3
18thOctober1939HMS EscortEscorted Steamer Sagaing from area
18thOctober1939HMS EscortJoined Convoy HG.3
18thOctober1939HMS ExmouthArrived the Loire with Convoy BC.11
18thOctober1939HMS GallantDetached from Convoy Blue 4
18thOctober1939HMS GlowwormArrived Toulon
18thOctober1939HMS GraftonDetached from Convoy Blue 4
18thOctober1939HMS GreyhoundArrived Toulon
18thOctober1939HMS JerseySailed Rosyth
18thOctober1939HMS JervisSailed Rosyth
18thOctober1939HMS Iron DukeBeached after being bombed at Scapa Flow by JU88s.
18thOctober1939HMS BerwickArrived Bermuda
18thOctober1939HMS BoreasAttacked north of the Goodwin Sands by a German seaplane, but no damage was done.
18thOctober1940HMS H49Lost. sunk by German patrol vessels off the Dutch Coast
18thOctober1940HMS FiredrakeHMS Firedrake, with the assistance of HMS Wrestler and two Saunders-Roe London Flying boats of 202 Squadron RAF, Firedrake sank the Italian submarine Durbo (Tenete DI Vasc. Armando Acanfora) east of Gibraltar. The submarine surfaced and was abandoned at 19.50 hrs and sank soon afterwards. The entire crew of 46 officers and men were rescued by the Firedrake and taken prisoner.
18thOctober1940HMS ExmoorCommissioned
18thOctober1941HMS ExmoorCommissioned
18thOctober1944HMAS GeelongLost
18thOctober1944HMS Loch GlendhuLaunched
18thOctober1944HMS Loch GlendhuPennant K619
18thOctober1944HMS Loch GlendhuLaunched
18thOctober1944HMS Loch GlendhuPennant K619
18thOctober1944HMS AberdareCapt. R Newman in Command
18thOctober1944HMS AberdarePaid off after four years Minesweeping in the Mediterranean
18thOctober1944HMS H32Sold to be scrapped at Troon.
18thOctober1944HMS FarehamPaid off after four years Minesweeping in the Mediterranean
18thOctober1961HMS LondonderryCommissioned
18thOctober1961HMS LondonderryPennant F108
18thOctober1961HMS LondonderryLaunched
18thOctober1968HMS DanaeSailed Plymouth
18thOctober1983HMS BroadswordCaptain A.M. Norman in Command
18thOctober2001HMS LancasterArrived Portsmouth
18thOctober2001HMS ArgyllArrived Portsmouth
18thOctober2002HMS CornwallDevonport
18thOctober2002HMS ChathamDevonport
18thOctober2004HMS BulwarkMarchwood
18thOctober2004HMS ChathamPlymouth Sound
18thOctober2006HMS BrocklesbyFaslane
18thOctober2006HMS LancasterDevonport
18thOctober2008HMS BrocklesbyPortsmouth

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