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 Proud flagship of Admiral nelson at the battle of the Nile. HMS Vanguard is pictured lying near the entrance of Portsmouth harbour at sunset in company with another Nile veteran HMS majestic. vanguard one of fourteen 3rd rate 74,s penned by the famous ship designer Slade was launched in 1787 and enjoyed a long and eventful career under numerous Commanding officers. in various roles until finally being broken up in 1821.

HMS Vanguard at Portsmouth by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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Over 150 years of the Royal Navy are encapsulated in this view of the mighty HMS Nelson, moored at Portsmouth in 1945. Beyond the 16in guns of A turret, the masts of Admiral Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar, HMS Victory rise into the skyline whilst in the foreground MTB 507 cruises past on its way to the Solent.

HMS Nelson by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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Shown here flying of Wessex HU MK5s of No. 846 Squadron  A veteran of the Suez crisis during which time she operated of Grumman Avengers and sea hawks, HMS Bulwark was reduced to training status during 1957. but re emerged as a Commando carrier. Further modifications in late 1970 saw her refitted as a full ASW carrier in which guise she served until the introduction in 1980 of HMS Invincible.

HMS Bulwark at Hong Kong by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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The pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, leaves Portsmouth on her way to the Fleet Review of King George V in July 1935.  HMS Hood is followed by the destroyer HMS Express.

HMS Hood and HMS Express Departing from Portsmouth 1935 by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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The Atlantic ocean was the lifeline between Britain and America, as well as millions of tons of raw materials, GIs were also transported over in all manor of hastily converted liners.  Protecting the troops from marauding u-boats and German surface ships was of paramount importance to the allied fleets.  Although USS New York spent a good deal of the war in the Atlantic, she also participated in the Torch landings off North Africa and took part in the Pacific campaign, seeing action at both Iwo Jima and Okinowa.

Escort for the Troops - USS New York by Anthony Saunders (P)
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 Type 21 frigate HMS Ambuscade (F172) is shown passing the swing bridge as she enters Taranto Harbour.

HMS Ambuscade by Ivan Berryman (P)
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B103.  HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Warspite departing Malta by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Warspite departing Malta by Ivan Berryman
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 The potential value of aircraft at sea had been proven as early as the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and many experiments were undertaken to provide all significant warships with their own aircraft for spotting and reconnaissance purposes. One solution widely adopted was the fitting of flying-off platforms to the main guns, as demonstrated here, as a Sopwith 1½ strutter is launched from HMS Warspite in 1919.

Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 The experienced crew of a WW2 German  U-boat hunt their next target.

Hunter's Lair by Jason Askew. (P)
 The surviving soldiers mustered and awaited their officers' orders. Salmond ordered Colonel Seton to send men to the chain pumps; sixty were directed to this task, sixty more were assigned to the tackles of the lifeboats, and the rest were assembled on the poop deck in order to raise the forward part of the ship.  The women and children were placed in the ship's cutter, which lay alongside. Two other boats were manned, but one was immediately swamped and the other could not be launched due to poor maintenance and paint on the winches, leaving only three boats available. The two large boats, with capacities of 150 men each, were not among them.The surviving officers and men assembled on deck, where Lieutenant-Colonel Seton of the 74th Foot took charge of all military personnel and stressed the necessity of maintaining order and discipline to his officers. As a survivor later recounted: 'Almost everybody kept silent, indeed nothing was heard, but the kicking of the horses and the orders of Salmond, all given in a clear firm voice.' Ten minutes after the first impact, the engines still turning astern, the ship struck again beneath the engine room, tearing open her bottom. She instantly broke in two just aft of the mainmast. The funnel went over the side and the forepart of the ship sank at once. The stern section, now crowded with men, floated for a few minutes before sinking.Just before she sank, Salmond called out that 'all those who can swim jump overboard, and make for the boats'. Colonel Seton, however, recognising that rushing the lifeboats would risk swamping them and endangering the women and children, ordered the men to stand fast, and only three men made the attempt. The cavalry horses were freed and driven into the sea in the hope that they might be able to swim ashore.The soldiers did not move, even as the ship broke up barely 20 minutes after striking the rock. Some of the soldiers managed to swim the 2 miles (3.2 km) to shore over the next 12 hours, often hanging on to pieces of the wreck to stay afloat, but most drowned, died of exposure, or were killed by sharks.<br><br><i>'I remained on the wreck until she went down; the suction took me down some way, and a man got hold of my leg, but I managed to kick him off and came up and struck out for some pieces of wood that were on the water and started for land, about two miles off. I was in the water about five hours, as the shore was so rocky and the surf ran so high that a great many were lost trying to land. Nearly all those that took to the water without their clothes on were taken by sharks; hundreds of them were all round us, and I saw men taken by them close to me, but as I was dressed (having on a flannel shirt and trousers) they preferred the others. I was not in the least hurt, and am happy to say, kept my head clear; most of the officers lost their lives from losing their presence of mind and trying to take money with them, and from not throwing off their coats.'</i><br>- Letter from Lieutenant J.F. Girardot, 43rd Light Infantry, to his father, 1 March 1852<br><br>The sinking of the Birkenhead is the earliest maritime disaster evacuation during which the concept of 'women and children first' is known to have been applied. 'Women and children first' subsequently became standard procedure in relation to the evacuation of sinking ships, both in fiction and in real life. The synonymous 'Birkenhead drill' became an exemplar of courageous behaviour in hopeless circumstances, and appeared in Rudyard Kipling's 1893 tribute to the Royal Marines, 'Soldier an' Sailor Too':<br><br><i>To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,<br>Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;<br>But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,<br>An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!<br>Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you;<br>Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw,<br>So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too</i>

The Wreck of the Birkenhead 1852 by Charles Dixon. (B)
 The mainstay of the Royal Navy's Coastal Forces fleet from 1941, the 72-foot Vosper MTBs were among the fastest and most successful ever built. With their three Packard 1400hp engines and bigger fuel tanks, these boats could reach speeds of up to 39 knots with a maximum range of 400 miles. Armament varied from boat to boat, but those depicted are fitted with the standard 21-inch torpedo tubes and a twin .5 inch MkV Vickers machine gun mounting. Crew was typically two officers and eleven ratings.

On the Step by Ivan Berryman.
 In January 1941, the young Mario Arillo was appointed the rank of Lieutenant Commander, placed in charge of the Regia Marina's submarine <i>Ambra</i> and was dispatched to the Mediterranean to help disrupt supplies to the Allied forces.  In May of that same year, Arillo attacked the British Dido Class Cruiser <i>HMS Bonaventure</i>, and Destroyers <i>HMS Hereward</i> and <i>HMS Stuart</i>, south of Crete, en route from Alexandria, the cruiser <i>Bonaventure</i> being sunk with great loss of life.  The <i>Ambra</i> is depicted here in a calmer moment, two of her crew scanning the horizon for 'business'.

Hunter's Dusk 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....

27 March

Found 131 matching entries.






27thMarch1865HMS AgincourtLaunched
27thMarch1869HMS CaptainLaunched
27thMarch1890HMS FearlessArrived Port Said
27thMarch1900HMS GoliathCommissioned
27thMarch1900HMS BrilliantSailed Sheerness for Portsmouth
27thMarch1906HMS Good HopeSailed Queenstown
27thMarch1917HMS CuparLaunched at A. McMillan & Son, Dumbarton
27thMarch1920HMS Ark RoyalArrived Constantinople
27thMarch1922HMS DanaeArrived La Rochelle
27thMarch1922HMS DauntlessArrived St. Nazaaire
27thMarch1922HMS DelhiArrived St. Nazaaire
27thMarch1922HMS DunedinArrived Bilbao
27thMarch1930HMS AchatesCommissioned
27thMarch1934HMS DuncanArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS ActiveArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS BryonyArrived Cannes
27thMarch1934HMS AcheronArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS H49Sailed Sheerness for Portland
27thMarch1934HMS DefenderArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS AcastaArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS AcastaArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS AchatesArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS DelhiArrived Monaco
27thMarch1934HMS DelhiArrived Monte Carlo
27thMarch1934HMS ArdentArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS AnthonyArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS CairoArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS CalcuttaArrived and sailed Port Sudan
27thMarch1934HMS CoventryArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS AntelopeArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS ArrowArrived Leghorn
27thMarch1934HMS CrusaderArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS DaintyArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS DaringArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS DecoyArrived Gulf of St. Tropez
27thMarch1934HMS DecoyArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS DiamondArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS DiamondArrived Gulf of Tropez
27thMarch1934HMS DianaArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS DuchessArrived St. Maxime
27thMarch1934HMS L19Arrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L23Arrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L27Arrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L56Sailed Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L69Sailed Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L71Sailed Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS CampbellArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS Iron DukeSailed Portland
27thMarch1934HMS DouglasArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L18Arrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS L22Sailed Plymouth for Portland
27thMarch1934HMS L52Sailed Plymouth for Portland
27thMarch1934HMS L53Sailed Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS HoodArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS HoodArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS, HMNZS LeanderArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS BarhamArrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1934HMS BasiliskArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BlancheArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BoadiceaArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BoreasArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BrazenArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BeagleArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BrilliantArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS BulldogArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1934HMS KeithArrived Golfe Juan
27thMarch1935HMS ArethusaPaid off
27thMarch1937HMS H49Arrived Portsmouth
27thMarch1937HMS DragonSailed Tortola
27thMarch1937HMS CricketArrived Hankow
27thMarch1937HMS ApolloSailed Tortola
27thMarch1937HMS AjaxSailed Tortola
27thMarch1937HMS ExeterSailed Tortola
27thMarch1937HMS BrazenArrived Corunna
27thMarch1937HMS BeagleArrived Reo del Barquero
27thMarch1938HMS IvanhoeSailed Gibraltar
27thMarch1938HMS GloriousArrived Malta
27thMarch1938HMS CometArrived Malta
27thMarch1938HMS BridgewaterArrived Matadi
27thMarch1940HMS LadybirdArrived Aden
27thMarch1940HMS EskJoined the Moray Firth Patrol
27thMarch1940HMS FaulknorArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.22
27thMarch1940HMS CairoArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.22
27thMarch1940HMS AntelopeJoined Convoy HX.28
27thMarch1940HMS EscapadeArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.22
27thMarch1940HMS FiredrakeSailed Invergordon to rendevous with HMS Tribune
27thMarch1940HMS KimberleyArrived Bergen with Convoy ON.22
27thMarch1940HMS CampbellDetached from Convoy OG.23
27thMarch1940HMS CleopatraPennant Number 33
27thMarch1940HMS CleopatraLaunched
27thMarch1941HMS FormidableParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS CampbeltownCompleted repairs after a collision with HMS Comus
27thMarch1941HMS GreyhoundParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS GriffinParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS HerewardParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS HotspurParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS JanusParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS JervisParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS LapwingOrdered
27thMarch1941HMS FijiSailed Scapa Flow for Iceland Faroes patrol
27thMarch1941HMS GloucesterParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS AjaxParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS BarhamParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1941HMS IlexParticipated in the Battle of Cape Matapan
27thMarch1942HMS BerkeleyLt. James John Simon Yorke, RN
27thMarch1944HMS BermudaSailed Scapa Flow
27thMarch1945HMS AmphionCompleted
27thMarch1945HMS BermudaCompleted refit
27thMarch1946HMS DiademArrived Grenada
27thMarch1956HMS CorunnaAt Chatham
27thMarch1961HMS CarysfortSailed Penang
27thMarch1963HMS LeanderPennant F109
27thMarch1963HMS LeanderLaunched
27thMarch1963HMS DidoCommissioned
27thMarch1964HMS CentaurArrived Hong Kong
27thMarch1969HMS DanaeArrived Hong Kong
27thMarch1972HMS AuroraArrived Halifax
27thMarch1972HMS JupiterArrived Halifax
27thMarch1976HMS DiomedeIn collision with Iclandic gunboat Baldur off Iceland
27thMarch1976HMS DiomedeCapt Robert McQueen in Command
27thMarch2003HMS GraftonPlymouth Sound
27thMarch2003HMS CampbeltownDevonport
27thMarch2004HMS GlasgowMontevideo
27thMarch2004HMS InvincibleCopenhagen
27thMarch2006HMS GrimsbyHarwich
27thMarch2006HMS ChathamPlymouth Sound
27thMarch2008HMS Iron DukePlymouth Sound
27thMarch2008HMS CumberlandDevonport
27thMarch2009HMS DaringPortsmouth
27thMarch2009HMS CumberlandDevonport
27thMarch2009HMS CumberlandPlymouth Sound

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