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History of the British Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson of the Nelson Class, shown in photographs and paintings supplied by contributors to battleships-cruisers.co.uk. 

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Displacement 33,900 tons.  Speed 23 Knots   range (at 16 Knots 7,000 miles)

Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three  guns.  Twelve  6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns (after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two torpedo Tubes and two aircraft.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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HMS Nelson, c1934.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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HMS Nelson, c.1935.

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HMS Nelson, c.1935.

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HMS Nelson, with HMS Battler and HMS Eclipse, August 1943.

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HMS Nelson at Malta, September 1943.

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HMS Nelson, c.1931.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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HMS Nelson, May 1935.

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HMS Nelson, with Supermarine Seagull V, May 1935.

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HMS Nelson, c.1935.

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HMS Nelson c.1935.

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HMS Nelson, 1938.

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Officers of HMS Nelson.

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HMS Nelson circa 1926

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HMS Nelson

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HMS Nelson.

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HMS Nelson.

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HMS Nelson

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HMS Nelson.

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HMS Nelson Foc'sle Looking Aft circa 1925

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HMS Nelson Foc'sle Looking Forrard circa1925

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The Chapel of St. Nicholas HMS Nelson circa 1925

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HMS Nelson while serving with the Atlantic Fleet

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HMS Nelson completes a turn.

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HMS Nelson 

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HMS Nelson

A bow view of one of the Royal Navy's greatest ships of the time.

HMS Nelson, April 1939.

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Stoker mechanic James Morris and shipmates from HMS Nelson.

Contributed by Denise Morris.

HMS Nelson.  Photo sent in by John Faulkner.

HMS Nelson in the Panama Canal.  Image submitted by Gary Fletcher

HMS Nelson

HMS Nelson

Here are a few pictures from my grandfather's time on Nelson - sept 1932 to January 1935 - George Arthur Henry Butler was CPO & quartermaster. These shots appear to be Norway and the West Indies.    Ian Butler.  

Ian Butler

Ian Butler

Ian Butler

Ian Butler

Ian Butler

Ian Butler

 

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WILLIAM (BILL) PATTEN..  Joined the Royal Navy at 16 and did his training at HMS Ganges, his last commission was HMS Repulse from which he was de-mobbed in 1938.  My father served on the Nelson in the late 1920's.  I can remember him telling me some of his stories like the one when the Nelson was waiting to go through the Panama Canal.  The Nelson was moored alongside an American battleship, one of the yanks shouted to one of the Nelson's crew, "Why are all the big guns at the front of the ship and none at the stern?", the answer came back from a very dry Geordie, "We had to cut the rear of the ship off to get it through this canal".  Contact Here 

FRANK KEELING..  My father Frank Keeling served as a coder on the HMS Nelson from 26th November 1944 to 14th August 1946.  I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him.  My father was from Durham and died in 1999 in Zimbabwe where he had lived after emigrating to what was the Rhodesia in 1953.  I have some interesting memorabilia recovered from his effects.  Contact Here 

PAUL COTTERELL. If anyone remembers serving with Paul. i would like to hear from them. I believe he was a gunner on the 6-inch batteries and joined the  ship in 1943. you can contact me on 01242 252106 or email me at chris@desmanserv.fsnet.co.uk 

GEORGE DENNIS PRITCHATT....  My father George Dennis Pritchatt served on HMS Myngs between 1947-1948 and HMS Nelson between 1947-1950. I would like to make contact with anyone who may have served with my father. Email me at lpritchatt@sutcol.ac.uk  Kinds Regards Lynn Pritchatt 

My father served on HMS Nelson and would love to hear from any old crew mates. He also served on HMS Royal Sovereign, HMS Victory, HMS Pembroke, HMS Orlando and HMS Odyssey. Contact me at marriott007@yahoo.ca 

WILLIAM JANES.. Ordinary Seaman William Janes served on the Nelson , and was killed February 1st 1941 at age 24.  He was from Newfoundland. If anyone remembers him (see photo left) contact me at haroldjanes@rogers.com 

JAMES GREENWOOD.. My father served on HMS Cardiff during WW2, he then went on to the "Nellie" HMS Nelson then into submarines, I would like to make contact with anyone who may have served with my father. Email me at amandajane@hotmail.com 

JOSEPH EDWARD POCOCK: My Granddad served  for over 5 years on HMS Nelson as a "gun aimer"? and was one of only a few to achieve such a long service. After reading the Richard Careless book, Nelson he asked me if I could find any news or dates of reunions of the crew, can anyone help. Contact me Eddie Pocock at eddiebaby58@hotmail.com 

LEO JAMES NOLAN.. I am trying to trace my granddad's naval history, he was on HMS Nelson as a crew member, he then joined the royal marines and was transported on HMS Nelson. He also was on board HMS Eagle which was torpedoed in the Mediterranean, he also was n a colony class cruiser HMS Mauritius. Unfortunately I don not have his rank or number. I do have his medals from his service in World War 2:- The Atlantic Star, Malta Star, Burma Star, Africa Star and Italian Star. I would appreciate any information contact me at MchlMcsr@aol.com 

P.O. FREDERICK LIPPERT..  I am after Information on my father, P.O. Frederick Lippert, Stocker on HMS Nelson  1925 to 1949. Any Information Welcome.  Steven Lippert  at   Stemail1@aol.com

 
Naval operations in which HMS Nelson took part.

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Date Code Name Action
Sep  1940  "DF"   Home Fleet action against shipping off Norwegian coast.
Mar  1941 "Claymore" Lofoten Islands raid.
Mar  1941 "SN69" Cover for minelaying operation between Faroes and Iceland.
July  1941 "Substance" Passage of Convoy GM1 to Malta.
July/Aug  1941 "Style"  Diversionary attack on Alghero by Force "H",  and passage of cruisers to Malta.
Aug  1941 "Mincemeat" Attack on Tempio, Sardinia.
Sep   1941 "Status II"  Ferrying aircraft for Malta.
Sep   1941 "Halberd" Passage of Convoy WS11 to Malta.
Aug  1942  "Pedestal" Passage of Convoy WS521S to Malta.
Nov   1942 "Torch" Allied landings in North Africa.
Jul    1943 "Husky" Allied landings in Sicily.
Aug  1943 "Hammer" Bombardment in Messina Straights.
Sep   1943 "Avalanche" Allied landings at Salerno.
Jun   1944 "Neptune" Naval operations off Normandy.
Jul    1945 "Livery" Action off Puket, Siam.
Aug  1945 "Jurist" Occupation of Penang.
Sep   1945 "Zipper"  Occupation of western Malaya.

Other convoys in which HMS Nelson took part.

Mar   1941 "WS7" Troops for Africa via the Cape.
May   1941 "SL75" From Sierra Leone.
May   1942 "WS19P" Troops for Africa via the Cape.
Jun/Jul  1944 "UC27" Clyde to North America.
Jan    1945 "CU55" North America to Cherbourg and British ports.