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Hermes Class light cruisers built before World War I. Ships in the class were HMS Hermes, HMS Highflyer, HMS Hyacinth, HMS Challenger and HMS Encounter.

HMS Hermes 7th April 1898 Converted to take seaplanes in 1912.
HMS Highflyer 4th June 1898 Sold for scrapping in June 1921.
HMS Hyacinth 27th October 1898 Sold for scrapping in November 1923.
HMS Challenger 27th May 1902 Sold for scrapping on 31st May 1920.
HMS Encounter 18th June 1902 Loaned to the New Zealand Navy in July 1912 and then transferred permanently in December 1919. She was scuttled in September 1923.

HMS Hermes

HMS Hermes, 1899.

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HMS Hermes, 1899.

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HMS Hermes.

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HMS Hermes, 1913.

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HMS Hermes in 1914 before she was sunk

HMS Hermes before she was torpedoed by U27 on31st October 1914. 

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Channel Fleet : Dismounting 6-in. Gun for Examination (HMS Hermes)

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HMS Hermes.

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HMS Hermes.

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HMS Highflyer

HMS Highflyer - Name History

The fourth “HIGHFLYER” is an 8-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Govan in 1898.  She is of 5600 tons, 10,000 horse-power, and 20 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 350ft., 54ft., and 20ft.  From November 1902 to March 1903 the “Highflyer,” commanded by Captain Arthur H. Christian flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Drury, was at the head of the squadron of six ships which took part in the Somaliland campaign in various coastal capacities.  The ships assisted in landing troops and stores, in transport work, and in the prevention of delivery of munitions of war to the enemy.  Three officers attached to the “Highflyer” were landed, and assisted the progress of the campaign with a wireless telegraphy apparatus.  In August 1914 the “Highflyer,” commanded by Captain Henry T. Buller, was employed on the north -west African coast protecting British trade.  On August 27 she met the German armed ship “Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse” off the Oro River, and after a short engagement in which the “Highflyer” lost one man killed and about six wounded, the German ship was sunk.

HMS Highflyer, with HMS Narcissus, 1905.

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HMS Highflyer with SS Marmora, 1916.

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HMS Highflyer, 1900.

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HMS Highflyer, in dock, 1900.

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HMS Highflyer, 1913.   

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HMS Highflyer.  Photo published 1915.

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HMS Highflyer.

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HMS Highflyer.

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HMS Highflyer.

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HMS Highflyer in Muscat of Oman. Picture sent in by Damien Handslip.

HMS Highflyer in Calcutta. Picture sent in by Damien Handslip

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HMS Hyacinth

HMS Hyacinth - Name History

The fifth “HYACINTH” is an 11-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Glasgow in 1898.  She is of 5600 tons, 10,000 horse-power, and 20 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 350ft., 54ft., and 20ft.  In 1904 the “Hyacinth,” commanded by Captain the Hon. Horace Hood, and flying the flag of Rear-Admiral George Atkinson-Willes, was at the head of a squadron of three ships which took part in the Somaliland campaign.  On April 20th the “Hyacinth,” and “Fox” arrived off the Gulluli River after dark, and on the following day a small landing party went ashore under Flag-Captain Hood.  One hundred and twenty-five men of the Hampshire Regiment accompanied the sailors.  The brigade advanced upon Fort Illig in face from a brisk fire from rifles, and two old fashioned cannon loaded with mixed iron, and finally carried the place at the point of the bayonet.  The “Hyacinths’” subsequently cleared the village and some caves at the bottom of the cliffs.  The enemy left between 60 and 70 dead, and the British re-embarked with a loss of 3 killed and 11 wounded.  Fort Illig was then reduced, and the British ships withdrew.  At various dates the “Hyacinth,” while commanded by Captain J.D Dick and flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.J.W. Slade, was employed in the prevention of the gun-running traffic in the Persian Gulf.  760 rifles were captured off the Jagin River  on one occasion.

HMS Hyacinth

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HMS Astrea with HMS Hyacinth in the background.    

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HMS Hyacinth pictured with Rear Admiral Edmund Samuel Poe CVO inset.

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HMS Hyacinth

HMS Challenger

The Old Challenger was famous for a voyage of exploration round the world and was used as a police boat in 1902. She was first commissioned in 1872, and left Portsmouth that December. She called at Madeira and then went down the coast of Africa and on to Cape Town. She then went on to the Antarctic regions and back to Melbourne on 17th March 1874. She left for New Zealand, China and Japan in April then crossed the Pacific to South America. Passing through the Straits of Magellen, and calling at Monte Video, she completed her voyage on May 24th 1876.

HMS Challenger.

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HMS Challenger, 1914.

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HMS Challenger as she slides down the slipway at her launch in 1902. She was a second class cruiser of 5,800 tons. The first keel plate was laid at Chatham on December 1st 1900 by Mrs Atkinson. She was floated out of dock on May 27th being christened by Mrs Holland, wife of the Admiral Superintendent of the dockyard.

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HMS Encounter

HMS Encounter, 1914.

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Crew of HMS Encounter at Russell, North Island, New Zealand 1912 

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HMS Encounter on the slips before her launch in July 1902.

The Encounter afloat for the first time in 1902.

HMS Encounter - Name History

The fourth “ENCOUNTER” is an 11-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Devonport in 1903.  She is of 5880 tons, 12,500 horse-power, and 21 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 355ft., 56ft., and 21ft. In 1912 this ship was temporarily lent to the Australian government.

 

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A Boat Setting Out From HMS Highflyer with Surgical And Medical Aid For The Enemys Wounded


A Boat Setting Out From HMS Highflyer with Surgical And Medical Aid For The Enemys Wounded

As the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse was sinking three boatloads of men were seen to leave her and make for the shore. The Highflyer at once signalled that the enemy might abandon their ship without interference, and as the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse had ceased fire, the Highflyer ceased also. Two boats were then dispatched from the Highflyer with surgeons, sick berth attendants, and medical store to assist the enemys wounded. Shortly afterwards the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse heeled over and sank in about fifty feet of water.
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Germanys primary fighter during World War II, the Daimler-Benz DB601A powered BF109E-4 was much loved by its pilots, combining good speed and manoeuverability with a powerful armament, namely two 7.9mm MG17 machine guns in the top decking, two wing mounted 20mm MGFF/M canon and a further 20mm MGFF/M canon mounted in the engine, firing centrally through the propeller spinner.  Nearest aircraft is that of the 109s greatest exponent, Major Adolf Galland, Gruppenkommander III/JG26 Schlageter, Luftflotte 2, depicted during a sortie from Caffiers, France in 1942.

Adolf Galland / Messerschmitt Bf109 E-4 by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 French Armee de L air Curtiss Hawk 75As flown by Czech ace Frantisele Pevina and his squadron Commander Captaine Jean Accaut, dive on unsuspecting Junker Ju87Bs (Stukas) during the Battle of France 1940.

Czech - Mate by David Pentland.
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Mosquitos of 105 Squadron, Marham.  No. 105 Squadron, stationed at Marham, Norfolk, became the first Royal Air Force unit to become operational flying the Mosquito B. Mk. IV bomber on 11th April 1942.  The painting shows 105 Squadron on the raid of 10th April 1945, to the Wahren railway marshalling yards at Leipzig, Germany.

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

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 With Italys entry into WW II on June 10, 1940, the epic two-and-one-half-year siege of Malta began. Symbolizing the defiant resistance of the people and defenders of that tiny island, the legend of Faith, Hope, and Charity grew from a handful of Gloster Sea Gladiators which initially comprised Maltas sole aerial defense. Until the arrival of the more modern Hawker Hurricanes, these obsolescent biplanes fought the Regia Aeronautica alone in the skies above Malta. Only six or seven Gladiators were assembled from the shipment of eighteen crated aircraft which had been delivered by the HMS Glorious. Others were utilized for spare parts, and three had been dispatched, still crated, to Egypt. Though hugely outnumbered, the defenders fought on, raising the morale of the citizens of Malta, and denying the Italians mastery of the sky. Suffering from a constant shortage of spare parts, tools and equipment, the devoted ground support crews were never able to keep more than three Gladiators operational at any point in time. Only one of these Gladiators was totally lost in aerial combat, and the sole surviving aircraft was presented to the people of Malta, and today stands in their National War Museum as a proud symbol of courage and endurance. In Stan Stokes painting, a Sea Gladiator, piloted by Flight Lt. James Pickering, tangles with a Fiat C.R. 42 over Malta in 1940 while an Italian Savoia S.79 tri-engined bomber passes by in the background. The Gloster Gladiator represented the zenith of development of the classic biplane fighter aircraft, a design formula which characterized an entire era from WW I until the advent of the monoplane fighter just before WW II. Glosters naval model of the Gladiator was equipped with a Bristol Mercury VIIIA engine providing a maximum speed of 253 MPH, a rate of climb of 2300 feet per minute, an operational ceiling of 32,200 feet, and a range of 415 miles. The Gladiator was armed with four .303 inch Browning machine guns, and incorporated several advanced features including an enclosed cockpit and wing flaps. One top RAF ace, Sqd. Ldr. Pattle, attained eleven victories flying the Gladiator. A total of 527 Gladiators were produced, and the aircraft served in twelve different countries. The Italians were overly persistent in their emphasis on biplane fighters, stemming from their successes with these highly maneuverable machines during the Spanish Civil War. Employing distinctive Warren-truss type interplane bracing the C.R. 42 was powered by a Fiat A74 R.C. 38 engine providing a maximum speed of 274 MPH and a range of 485 miles. The C.R. 42 was more lightly armed than the Gladiators it opposed, possessing only two 12.7mm Breda machine guns. The C.R 42 served on all of Italys fronts including North and East Africa, France, Britain, the Balkans, and Russia. Exported to Hungary, Sweden and Belgium, the C.R. 42 ironically served alongside the Gladiator in other theaters of operation during WW II.
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 Sopwith Camel with 65 Squadron, on routine patrol, meet head-on with the unmistakable Albatross fighters of the German air force.

The Sky Warriors by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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 Erich Topps notorious Red Devil Boat, U-552, slips quietly away from the scene of another victory in the North Atlantic in 1941.

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  Down by the bows, the battered Seydlitz returns to the Jade after being heavily involved in the gun line action at Jutland.

SMS Seydlitz 1916 by Randall Wilson (P)
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 The mighty Bismarck returns fire to the fast-approaching HMS Hood a the start of a battle that would see both adversaries tragically sunk.

Bismarck Replies to HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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The pride of the British fleet, The Mighty Hood as she was known, was launched in 1918.  Weighing in at over 40,000 tons she was 860 feet long and had eight 15 inch guns, at her launch she was more than a match for any adversary.  Hood sailed the world in the inter-war years and was admired in every foreign port she visited, however with a lack of major refits in this time the second world war found the Hood unprepared for a major battle,  On the 24th of May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck found Hoods achilles heel within only a few salvos, namely her inadequate deck armour.  Hood exploded in a huge fireball from which only three sailors survived.  Here HMS Hood is seen with Force H in the Mediterranean.  Winston Churchill knew that the powerful French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir could fall into German hands at any time and that the threat had to be removed by any means.  On the 3rd of July 1940 the French fleet was duly dispatched by Force H.  The Strasbourg being the only French battleship able to make her escape.  Hodd is depicted opening fire at 17.55 hours with the battleships Resolution and the destroyer HMS Foxhound to her stern.

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 HMS Intrepid embarks some of her landing craft during the Falklands conflict of 1982.
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3 Para group during Operation Agricola, Kosovo, 12th June - 1st August 1999. 

Mobile Patrol in Pristina by David Rowlands (GL)
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Saint Joan of Arc ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431.   In France  she is a national heroine and a catholic saint.  Joan of Arc was a peasant girl born in eastern France, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years War, claiming divine guidance, and was indirectly responsible for the coronation of Charles VII.  Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was nineteen years old.

Joan of Arc by Sir John Gilbert.
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22nd - 24th September 1995, Oakhill Country Club, Rochester, New York.  Against all odds the triumphant European team beat the USA in one of the most dramatic finishes of all time, to bring home the Ryder Cup for Europe.
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 Jimmys total of 516 league appearances produced an amazing 357 goals.

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 A cricketing genius, Sir Garfield Sobers excelled at all aspects of the game.  One of his most memorable moments being the six consecutive sixes hit off one over. 

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 Peter Deighan has superbly captured Jimmy White, John Parrot, Stephen Hendry, James Wattana, John Higgins, Ken Doherty, Ronnie OSullivan and of course the centrepiece, a magnificent study of former World Champion Steve Davis as he Ponders his next shot.  A must for all snooker rooms, clubs and players of this wonderful game.

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