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Royal Navy Sloops.  History of the Royal Naval Sloops from the early Fantome, Osprey and Doterel classes of the 19th Century to the Bittern and Black Swan Classes of the Second World War.

Royal Navy Sloops came back into existence soon after the outbreak of world war one, when the Admiralty realised it required extra ships for general service  which could be used for mine sweeping, escort duties.  The Sloops were used exclusively for Mine sweeping until 1917 when they were re assigned for Convoy duties as well.  

The British Station in the Far West 1902

HMS Warspite shown on left, the flagship of the station with HMS Icarus and Amphibian naval sloops and the ill-fated HMS Condor.

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Fantome Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Fantome 26th March 1873 Sold in 1889.

HMS Fantome (right) with Composite Corvette HMS Opal

HMS Fantome  The third “FANTOME” was a 4-gun screw sloop, launched at Pembroke in 1873.  She was of 940 tons, 970 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 160ft., 31ft., and 14ft.

           In 1875 the “Fantome” landed a force of men under the command of Lieutenant Charles Napier Robinson  at La Union, San Salvador, Central Amercia to protect His Britannic Majesty’s Consulate against insurgents.  And in the following year this same Lieutenant C.N. Robinson, who subsequently made a great and lasting mark on the naval literature of his time, landed and placed in position the guns, ect., for Captain Cook’s monument at Kealakakua Bay, Hawaii.           In 1889 the “Fantome” was sold. 

HMS Albatross 24th July 1873 Scrapped in 1889.
HMS Daring 4th February 1874 Sold in 1889.
HMS Egeria 1st November 1873 Sold in 1911.

HMS Egeria - Name History

The second “EGERIA” was a 4-gun screw sloop launched at Pembroke in 1873.  She was of 940 tons, 1011 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 160ft., 31ft., and 14ft.   In 1875 the “Egeria,” commanded by Commander Ralph Lancelot Turton, proceeded to Perak, as one of a squadron of six ships under Captain Alexander Buller with his senior officer’s pennant in “Modeste,” to take part in an expedition against the murderers of Mr. J. W. Birch, the British resident in Perak.  While the troops and a naval brigade advanced on the upper reaches of the Perak River simultaneously from two points, the “Egeria” blockaded the Perak Littoral, and sent her boats up the Kurow River.  These boats destroyed or carried off some guns, arms, and ammunition  which might have been useful to the enemy.  Severe punishment was inflicted on the natives, but the actual murderers were not brought to account for some time afterwards.  This vessel acted for many years in the Surveying Service, and in November 1911 she was put up to public auction at Esquimalt, and sold to the Vancouver branch of the Navy League for £1416.

HMS Flying Fish 27th November 1873 Sold in 1888.
HMS Sappho 20th October 1873 Sold in 1887.

Osprey & Doterel Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Osprey 5th August 1876 Sold in 1890.
HMS Cormorant 12th September 1877 Scrapped in 1949.

HMS Cormorant - Name History

 The tenth “CORMORANT” is a 6-gun screw sloop, launched at Chatham in 1877.  She is of 1130 tons, 950 horse-power, and 11.3 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 170ft., 36ft., and 15ft.  In 1879 white men were being murdered in the New Hebrides, and a boats crew belonging to the British trader “Mystery” had been massacred.  The “Cormorant,” commanded by Commander James Andrew Bruce, was one of five ships, under Commodore John Crawford Wilson with his broad pennant on “Wolverene,” which proceeded to the islands on a punitive expedition and inflicted severe punishment on the natives.  The “Cormorant” subsequently became receiving ship at Gibraltar.

HMS Pelican 26th April 1877 Sold in 1901.
HMS Wild Swan 28th January 1876 Sold in 1920.

HMS Clyde - Name History (Wild Swan)

T he sixth “CLYDE” is a 6-gun sloop which was launched at Glagow as the “Wild Swan” in 1876.  She is of 1130 tons, 950 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 170ft., 36ft., and 15ft. Her name was subsequently to “Clyde,” and she became the Royal Naval Reserve drill ship at Aberdeen.  In 1912 her name was again changed, this time to “Columbine,” and she became the depot vessel of the King’s Harbour Master at Rosyth, and then the flagship of the Vice-Admiral commanding the Scottish Coast.

HMS Penguin 25th March 1876 Sold in 1924.
HMS Doterel 2nd March 1880 Exploded & sank in Punta Arenas on 26th April 1881.

HMS Doterel screw sloop

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HMS Dragon 30th May 1878 Sold in 1892

HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon - Name History

The fifteenth “DRAGON” was a 6-gun screw sloop launched at Devonport in 1878.  She was of 1140 tons, 1010 horse-power, and 11.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 170ft., 36ft., 15ft.   In 1882 the “Dragon,” commanded by Commander Edward Grey Hulton, took part in the Egyptian War.   In August 1882 the “Dragon” contributed to a Naval Brigade which was disembarked at Suez.  The inhabitants understood that the town was in danger of being burnt, but the Naval Brigade, composed mostly of marines, occupied the town, and the Egyptian troops fled.    In 1884 and 1885 the “Dragon” was employed in the suppression of slavery in the Persian Gulf and east coast of Africa.  In 1892 the “Dragon” was sold. 

HMS Espiegle 3rd August 1880 Sold in 1921.
HMS Gannet 31st August 1878 Was still afloat in 1978 present situation unknown.
HMS Kingfisher 16th December 1879 Sold in 1919.
HMS Miranda 30th September 1879 Sold in 1892
HMS Mutine 20th July 1880 Sold in 1921.
HMS Pegasus 13th June 1878 Sold in 1892.
HMS Phoenix 16th September 1879 Wrecked off Prince Edward Island on 12th September 1882.

Dolphin Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Dolphin 9th December 1882 Became accommodation hulk for submarines in 1907. Sold in 1925.
HMS Wanderer 8th February 1883 Sold in 1907.

Mariner Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Mariner 23rd June 1884 Sold in 1929.
HMS Acorn 6th September 1884 Sold in 1889.
HMS Icarus 27th July 1885 Sold in 1903.
HMS Melita 20th March 1888 Sold in 1920.
HMS Racer 6th August 1884 Sold in 1928.
HMS Reindeer 14th November 1883 Sold in 1924.

Nymphe Class Composite Screw Sloops

HMS Nymphe 1st May 1888 Sold in 1920.

HMS Nymphe screw sloop pictured pre 1896.

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HMS Buzzard 10th May 1887 Sold in 1921.

Commander Hon. Rupert Guinness, Officers and Men of HMS Buzzard, c.1904.

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Some of the crew of HMS Buzzard screw sloop manning the 12-pr QF Gun.

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HMS Daphne 29th May 1888 Sold in 1904.
HMS Swallow 27th October 1885 Sold in 1904.

Beagle Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Beagle 28th February 1889 Sold in 1905.
HMS Basilisk 6th April 1889 Sold in 1920.

Albert Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Albert 28th December 1894 Sold in 1926.
HMS Torch 28th December 1894 Sold in 1920.

HMS Torch, 1897.

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Phoenix Class Steel Screw Sloops

HMS Phoenix 25th April 1895 Capsized off Hong Kong on 18th September 1906.

The old sloop HMS Phoenix at anchor in the River Peiho c.1900.

HMS Algerine 6th June 1895 Sold in 1919.

Condor Class Steel Screw Sloops               View Class

HMS Condor 17th December 1898 Foundered in 1901.
HMS Mutine 1st March 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1932.
HMS Rinaldo 25th May 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
HMS Rosario 17th December 1898 Sold for scrapping in 1923.
HMS Shearwater 10th February 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1922.
HMS Vestal 10th February 1900 Sold for scrapping in 1921.

Cadmus Class Steel Screw Sloops              View Class

HMS Cadmus 29th April 1903 Sold in 1921.
HMS Clio 14th March 1903 Sold in 1920.
HMS Espiegle 8th December 1900 Sold in 1923.
HMS Fantome 23rd March 1901 Sold in 1925.
HMS Merlin 30th November 1901 Sold in 1923.
HMS Odin 30th November 1901 Sold in 1920.

Acacia Class                                   View Class

HMS Acacia 15th April 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Anemone 30th June 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Aster 1st May 1915 Mined 4th July 1917
HMS Bluebell 24th July 1915 Sold May 1930
HMS Daffodil 17th August 1915 Sold February 1935
HMS Magnolia 26th June 1915 Sold July 1932
HMS Dahlia 21st April 1915 Sold July 1932
HMS Daphne 19th May 1915 Sold January 1923
HMS Foxglove 30th March 1915 Scrapped September 1946
HMS Hollyhock 1st May 1915 Sold October 1930
HMS Lily 6th June 1915 Sold June 1930
HMS Mallow 13th July 1915 Transferred to Australia July 1919.  Sunk as target 1st August 1935
HMS Honeysuckle 29th April 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Iris 1st June 1915 Sold January 1920
HMS Jonquil 12th May 1915 To Portugal May 1920
HMS Laburnum 10th June 1915 Lost at Singapore February 1942
HMS Larkspur 11th May 1915 Sold March 1922
HMS Lavender 12th June 1915 Torpedoed 4th May 1917
HMS Lilac 29th April 1915 Sold December 1922
HMS Marigold 27th May 1915 Sold January 1920
HMS Mimosa 16th July 1915 Sold November 1922
HMS Primrose 29th June 1915 Sold April 1923
HMS Sunflower 28th May 1915 Sold 27th January 1921
HMS Veronica 27th May 1915 Sold 22nd March 1935
HMS Zinnia 12th August 1915 Transferred to Belgium 19th April 1920, retaining name.

Arabis Class                                  View Class

HMS Alyssum 5th November 1915 Mined 18th March 1917
HMS Amaryllis 9th December 1915 Sold January 1923
HMS Arabis 6th November 1915 Sunk 10th February 1916
HMS Asphodel 21st December 1915 To Denmark 16th June 1920
HMS Berberis 3rd February 1916 Sold January 1923
HMS Buttercup 24th October 1915 Sold February 1920
HMS Campanula 25th December 1915 Sold September 1922
HMS Celandine 19th February 1916 Sold January 1923
HMS Cornflower 30th March 1916 Bombed 19th December 1941
HMS Crocus 24th December 1915 Sold July 1930
HMS Cyclamen 22nd February 1916 Sold July 1932
HMS Delphinium 23rd December 1915 Sold October 1933
HMS Genista 22nd February 1916 Torpedoed 23rd October 1916
HMS Gentian 23rd December 1915 Mined 16th July 1919
HMS Geranium 8th November 1915 Transferred to Australia 1920, Sunk as target 24th April 1935
HMS Gladiolus 25th October 1915 To Portugal September 1920
HMS Godetia 8th January 1916 Sold February 1937
HMS Hydrangea 2nd March 1916 Sold April 1920
HMS Lobelia 7th March 1916 Sold March 1920
HMS Lupin 21st May 1916 Sold March 1946
HMS Marguerite 23rd November 1915 Transferred to Australia 1919.  Sunk as target 1st August 1935
HMS Mignonette 26th January 1916 Mined 17th March 1917
HMS Myosotis 4th April 1916 Sold January 1923
HMS Nasturtium 21st December 1915 Mined 27th April 1916
HMS Nigella 10th December 1915 Sold November 1922
HMS Pansy 1st February 1916 Sold January 1920
HMS Pentstemon 15th February 1916 Sold April 1920
HMS Petunia 3rd April 1916 Sold December 1922
HMS Poppy 9th November 1915 Sold April 1923
HMS Primula 6th December 1915 Torpedoed 1st March 1916
HMS Rosemary 22nd November 1915 Sold December 1947
HMS Snapdragon 21st December 1915 Sold May 1934
HMS Valerian 21st February 1916 Foundered 22nd October 1926
HMS Verbena 9th November 1915 Sold October 1933
HMS Wallflower 8th November 1915 Sold August 1931
HMS Wisteria 7th December 1915 Sold January 1931

Aubrietia Class

HMS Aubretia 17th June 1916 Sold October 1922
HMS Heather 16th June 1916 Sold February 1932

HMS Heather, 1924.

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HMS Salvia 16th June 1916 Torpedoed 20th June 1917
HMS Tamarisk 2nf June 1916 Sold October 1922
HMS Tulip 15th July 1916 Torpedoed 20th April 1917
HMS Viola 14th July 1916 Sold October 1922
HMS Andromeda June 1917 To France 1917 (as Andromede)
HMS Gaillardia 19th May 1917 Mined 22nd March 1918
HMS Hibiscus 17th November 1917 Sold January 1923
HMS Lychnis 21st August 1917 Transferred to Royal Indian Marine, renamed Cornwallis.  Broken up 1946.
HMS Montbretia 3rd September 1917 Sold January 1923
HMS Polyanthus 24th September 1917 Sold May 1921

Anchusa Class

HMS Anchusa 21st April 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 16th July 1918.
HMS Arbutus 8th September 917 Torpedoed and sunk in 1917
HMS Auricula 4th October 1917 Sold in February 1923.
HMS Bergamot 5th May 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 13th August 1917.
HMS Bryony 27th October 1917 Scrapped in 1938.

HMS Bryony, October 1937.

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Crew of HMS Bryony.

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Ucker Team of HMS Bryony - Mediterranean Fleet Champions, 1925-26.

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Crew members of HMS Bryony.

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HMS Candytuft 19th May 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 18th November 1917.
HMS Ceanothus 2nd June 1917 Transferred to Indian Marine in May 1922, renamed Elphinstone. Wrecked on 29th January 1925.
HMS Chrysanthemum 10th November 1917 Became drill ship with RNVR in 1938. May still be moored off the London embankment.

HMS Chrysanthemum.

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HMS Convolvulus 19th May 1917 Sold in 1922.
HMS Coreopsis 15th September 1917 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Cowslip 19th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 25th April 1918.
HMS Dianthus 1st December 1917 Sold in June 1921.
HMS Eglantine 22nd June 1917 Sold in December 1921.
HMS Gardenia 27th December 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Gilia 15th March 1918 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Harebell 10th May 1918 Scrapped in 1939.

HMS Harebell, 1935.

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HMS Harebell, 1935.

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HMS Ivy 31st October 1917 Sold in February 1920.
HMS Marjoram 26th December 1917 Wrecked in January 1921.
HMS Mistletoe 17th November 1917 Sold in January 1921.
HMS Pelargonium 18th March 1918 Sold in May 1921.
HMS Rhododendron 15th October 1917 Torpedoed and sunk on 5th May 1918.
HMS Saxifrage 29th January 1918 Became drill ship President with RNVR in 1921. Extant 1985.
HMS Silene 13th March 1918 Sold in December 1921.
HMS Spiraea 1st November 1917 Sold in September 1922.
HMS Sweetbriar 5th October 1917 Sold in October 1927.
HMS Syringa 29th September 1917 Transferred to Egypt on 31st March 1920, renamed Sollum.

HMS Syringa, 1918.

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HMS Tuberose 16th November 1917 Sold in January 1923.
HMS Windflower 12th April 1918 Sold in October 1927.

24 Class

HMS Ard Patrick 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Cicero 1918 - 1919 Scrapped December 1920
HMS Flying Fox 1918 - 1919 Berthed at Bristol 1924 as Drill ship.
HMS Minoru 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Orby 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Rocksand 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Spearmint 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Bend Or 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Harvester 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Iroquois 1918 - 1919 Sold June 1937

HMS Iroquois, 1920.

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HMS Sefton 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922
HMS Silvio 1918 - 1919 Scrapped 1946

HMS Silvio, 1919.

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HMS Sir Bevis 1918 - 1919 Became Drill ship 1923
HMS Donovan 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922

HMS Donovan, laid up, 1920.

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HMS Isinglass 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Sanfoin 1918 - 1919 Sold 1922

HMS Sanfoin.

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HMS Sir Hugo 1918 - 1919 Broken up December 1921
HMS Ladas 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920

HMS Ladas, 1919.

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HMS Persimmon 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Sir Visto 1918 - 1919 Sold 1920
HMS Merry Hampton 1918 - 1919 Mined 14th November 1944

HMS Herald (ex - HMS Merry Hampton), 1936.

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HMS Ormonde 1918 - 1919 Scrapped August 1937

24 Class Fleet Sweeping Sloop.

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Bridgewater Class

HMS Bridgewater 14th September 1928 Scrapped in 1947.

HMS Bridgewater.

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HMS Bridgewater, May 1939.

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HMS Bridgewater pictured c.1930

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HMS Sandwich 28th September 1928 Sold in 1946.

HMS Sandwich, 1923.

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Hastings Class
HMS Folkestone 12th February 1930 Scrapped in 1947.

HMS Folkestone.  Hong Kong Harbour, c.1934

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HMS Hastings 10th April 1930 Scrapped in 1946.

HMS Hastings, 1930s.

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HMS Hastings in the Persian Gulf, 1935.  Sent in by Peter Hadwin

 

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HMS Hastings

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HMS Penzance 10th April 1930 Sunk on 24th August 1940.

HMS Penzance, May 1939.

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HMS Scarborough 14th March 1930 Scrapped in 1949.

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HMS Scarborough, laid up, June 1949.

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HMS Hindustan 12th May 1930 Scrapped in 1951.

HMS Hindustan at Muscat Harbour, Oman.

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Shoreham Class                         View Class

HMS Bideford 1st April 1931 Scrapped in 1949.
HMS Fowey 4th November 1930 Sold for scrapping in 1946.
HMS Rochester 16th July 1931 Scrapped in 1951.
HMS Shoreham 22nd November 1930 Sold for scrapping in 1946.
HMS Dundee 20th September 1932 Sunk on 15th September 1940 by German u-boat.
HMS Falmouth 19th April 1932 Scrapped in 1968.
HMS Milford 11th June 1932 Scrapped in 1949.
HMS Weston 23rd July 1932 Scrapped in 1947.

Grimsby Class                           View Class

HMS Aberdeen 22nd January 1936 Scrapped in 1949.
HMS Deptford 5th February 1935 Scrapped in 1948.
HMS Fleetwood 24th March 1936 Scrapped in 1959.
HMS Grimsby 19th July 1933 Bombed and sunk on 25th May 1941.
HMS Leith 9th September 1933 Sold to merchant navy in 1946. Transferred to Denmark in 1949, renamed Galathea.
HMS Londonderry 16th January 1935 Scrapped in 1948.
HMS Lowestoft 11th April 1934 Sold to merchant navy in 1946.
HMS Wellington 29th May 1934 Became the Master Mariner' Head Quarters ship in 1947.
HMS Parramata 18th June 1939 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Sunk on 27th November 1941 by German U-boat.
HMS Swan 28th March 1936 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Sold for scrapping in 1964.
HMS Warrego 10th February 1940 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Scrapped in 1966.
HMS Yarra 28th March 1935 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Sunk on 4th March 1942 by Japanese Navy ships.
 
HMS Indus 24th August 1934 Sunk on 6th April 1942 by Japanese aircraft.

HMS Indus, May 1937.

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HMS Indus.

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HMS Indus.

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Bittern Class
HMS Bittern 14th July 1937 Bombed by German aircraft and subsequently scuttled on 30th April 1940.

HMS Bittern, June 1938.

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HMS Enchantress 21st December 1934 Initially served as Admiralty Yacht.  Sold in 1946 to become a merchant ship Lady Enchantress.

HMS Enchantress, 1941.

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HMS Enchantress, July 1935.

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HMS Enchantress, 1941.

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HMS Enchantress.    

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HMS Enchantress.

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Personnel aboard HMS Enchantress.

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HMS Stork 21st April 1936 Scrapped in 1958.

HMS Stork, November 1946.

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Modified Bittern Class
HMS Jumna 16th November 1940 Survey vessel 1957. Extant 1980.
HMS Sutlej 1st October 1940 Survey vessel in 1955. Extant 1980.
HMS Godavari 21st January 1943 Transferred to Pakistan in 1948, renamed Sind. Sold in 1959.

Sind (ex - HMS Godavari), March 1950.

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Sind (ex - HMS Godavari), in dock, March 1950.

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HMS Narbada 21st November 1942 Transferred to Pakistan in 1948, renamed Jhelum. Scrapped in 1959.
Egret Class
HMS Auckland (ex Heron) 30th June 1938 Sunk on 24th June 1941.

HMS Auckland.    

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HMS Egret 31st May 1938 Sunk on 27th August 1943 by an Hs293 guided bomb.

HMS Egret

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HMS Egret, June 1943.

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HMS Egret of the Egret Class.

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HMS Pelican 12th September 1938 Scrapped in 1958.

HMS Pelican, May 1939.

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HMS Pelican, October 1947.

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HMS Pelican

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HMS Pelican, May 1939.

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HMS Pelican of the Egret Class pictured 10th May 1939.  

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Black Swan Class                         View Class

L57 Black Swan Yarrow   7th July 1939 Scrapped at Troon 13th September 1956
L.18  Flamingo Yarrow 18th April 1939 Went to West Germany in 1959 at became Graf Spee
U.03  Erne Richardson Westgarth, Furness 5th August 1940 Became RNVR Wessex finally hulked October 1965
U.99 Ibis Richardson Westgarth, Furness 28th November  1940 Sunk by Airborne Torpedo 10th November 1942
U.29 HMS Whimbrel Yarrow  25th August 1942 Became in 1949 Egyptian navy El Malek Farouq changing to Tarik in 1954
U.45  HMS Wild Goose Yarrow  14th October 1942 Scrapped at Bo ness 27th February 1956
U. 90  HMS Woodcock Fairfield   26th November 1942 Scrapped at Rosyth 28th November 1955
U.08 HMS Woodpecker Denny  29th June 1942 sunk by U.764 in the north Atlantic 27th February 1944
U.28  HMS Wren Denny   11th August 1942 Scrapped at Rosyth 2nd February 1956
Modified Black Swan Class                                View Class
HMS Actaeon Thornycroft 27th July 1945 transferred to Germany
HMS Alacrity Denny  1st September 1944 scrapped 1956
HMS Amethyst Stephen 7th May 1943 Scrapped 1957
HMS Chanticleer Denny 9th November 1942 constructive loss 18th November 1943
HMS Cygnet Cammell Laird 28th July 1942 Scrapped 1965
HMS Crane Denny 9th November 1942  Scrapped 1965
HMS Hart Stephen 7th July 1943 Sold to Germany 1959
HMS Hind Denny 30th September 1943 Scrapped 1958
HMS Kite Cammell Laird  13th October 1942 Sunk 21st August 1944
HMS Lapwing Scotts/Stephens 16th July 1943 Sunk 20th March 1945
HMS Lark Scotts  28th August 1943 Constructive loss 17th Feb. 1945
HMS Magpie Thornycroft 24th March 1943 Scrapped 1959
HMS Mermaid Denny 11th November 1943 Transferred to Germany in 1959.
HMS Modeste Chatham 29th January 1944 Scrapped in 1961.
HMS Nereide Chatham 29th January 1944 Scrapped in 1958.
HMS Opossum Denny 30th November 1944 Scrapped in 1960.
HMS Peacock Thornycroft 11th December 1943 Scrapped in 1958.
HMS Pheasant Yarrow 21st December 1942 Scrapped in 1963.
HMS Redpole Yarrow 25th February 1943 Scrapped in 1960.
HMS Snipe Denny 20th December 1945 Scrapped in 1960.
HMS Sparrow Denny 18th February 1946 Scrapped in 1958.
HMS Starling Fairfield 14th October 1942 Scrapped in 1965.
HMS Whimbrel Yarrow 25th August 1942 Transferred to Egypt in 1949.
HMS Wild Goose Yarrow 14th October 1942 Scrapped in 1959.
HMS Fairfield 26th November 1942 Scrapped in 1955.
HMS Woodpecker Denny 29th June 1942 Sunk on 27th February 1944 by U-Boat.
HMS Wren Denny 11th August 1942 Scrapped in 1956.
HMS Cauvery (RIN) Yarrow 15th June 1943 Extant 1980.
HMS Kistna (RIN) Yarrow 22nd April 1943 Extant 1980.
 

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AVIATION PRINTS

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 Lynx Mk7 deplanes chalk, South Armagh.

Eagle Patrol by John Wynne Hopkins. (Y)
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As the Allied invasion of northern France drew nearer, the entire length of southern England had seemingly become one huge army camp. While the local population went about its daily business as best it could, British and American troops massed at every point near the coast in readiness for the imminent crossing of the Channel. Though the RAF fighters of 10 Group were tasked in the Air Defense role, like all RAF squadrons that could be spared, they became involved with the softening up process, a pre-requisite of any large scale landing on enemy occupied territory. Under the leadership of Wing Commander Peter Brothers, 10 Groups Spitfire Wing based at Culmhead was heavily involved flying shipping patrols over the beachhead and Rhubarbs - low-level strikes of opportunity - disrupting enemy movements and communications.Nicolas Trudgians comprehensive painting Summer of 44 recreates with such realism a scene in southwest England just a few days before the Normandy landings in June 1944. Mark IX Spitfires of No. 126 Squadron, returning from combat over France, sweeps low over the local branch line railway station on their way back to Culmhead. Below, as the GWR Prairie tank engine pulls out of the station, American troops are assembling their equipment in readiness for the impending invasion. Adding great atmosphere to his composition, Nick has painted a classically peaceful English landscape, highlighting the unique contrast between war and peace that pervaded Britain during that summer of 44.  <br><br><b>Published 2000.<br><br>Signed by two of the most outstanding Spitfire Wing Leaders of World War II.</b>

Summer of 44 by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
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 Westland Wessex of No.72 Squadron based at RAF Aldergrove, flying over the Copeland Islands in Belfast Lough.

Wessex Over the Copelands by David Pentland.
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 Douglas C47 Dakotas fly into the landing and drop zone at Renkum Heath, September 17th 1944.

Arnhem by Simon Smith (Y)
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 In one of the finest portrayals of the Avro Lancaster, Moonlight Run depicts the aircraft of Fl. Lt. Mickey Martin (ED909 AJ-P) at the moment of release of the Wallace Bomb during the Dams raid on the Ruhr in 1943. With only the gentlest of moonlight rippling over the dark water of the Mohne, this dramatic picture plays homage to the impossible low altitudes and high speeds that were necessary to complete successfully their heroic mission. A stark and refreshing treatment of a subject at the hearts of all aviation historians.

Moonlight Run (Dambusters) by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Regarded by some in the Air Ministry as a failed fighter, the mighty Hawker Typhoon was unrivalled as a ground attack aircraft, especially in the crucial months immediately prior to – and after – D-Day when squadrons of Typhoons operated in 'cab ranks' to smash the German infrastructure and smooth the passage of the invading allied force.  This aircraft is Mk.1B (MN570) of Wing Commander R E P Brooker of 123 Wing based at Thorney Island.

Sledgehammer by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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 The Black Widow is a formidable creature. It lurks in the dark, carefully chooses its moment of attack and strikes unseen, cutting down its prey with deadly certainty. Northrop could not have chosen a more apt name with which to christen their new night fighter when the P61 Black Widow entered service in the spring of 1944. The first aircraft designed from the start as a night fighter, the P61 had the distinction of pioneering airborne radar interception during World War II, and this remarkable twin engined fighter saw service in the ETO, in China, the Marianas and the South West Pacific. Under the command of Lt Col O B Johnson, one of the P61s greatest exponents, the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron was the leading P61 outfit in the ETO, destroying 43 enemy aircraft in the air, 5 buzz bombs and hundreds of ground based vehicles, becoming the most successful night fighter squadron of the war. Flying a twilight mission in his P-61 Black Widow on October 24, 1944, Colonel Johnson and his radar operator have picked up a formation of three Fw190s, stealthily closing on their quarry in the gathering dusk, O.B. makes one quick and decisive strike, bringing down the enemy leader with two short bursts of fire. Banking hard, as the Fw190 pilot prepares to bale out, he brings his blazing guns to bear on a second Fw190, the tracer lighting up the fuselage of his P-61.

Twilight Conquest by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
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 Under the watchful eye of his more experienced tutor a trainee pilot gets his first taste of the Spitfire Mk.IIa, airborne from Tangmere early in 1941.  the nearest aircraft is P7856 (YT-C) which enjoyed a long career, surviving until 1945.

The Fledgling by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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USS Oakland Escorting the Damaged USS Lexington by Ivan Berryman
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 HMS Norfolk and HMS Belfast of Force I are shown engaging the Scharnhorst which has already been hit and disabled by both HMS Duke of York and the cruiser HMS Jamaica.  Scharnhorst was never to escape the clutches of the British and Norwegian forces for, having been slowed to just a few knots by numerous hits, fell victim to repeated torpedo attacks by the allied cruisers and destroyers that had trapped the German marauder.

HMS Norfolk at the Battle of the North Cape by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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HMS Glowworm, burning severely after receiving hits from the mighty Admiral Hipper, is depicted turning to begin her heroic sacrifice off the Norwegian coast on 8th April 1940. Hugely out-gunned and already crippled, Glowworms captain, Lieutenant-Commander Roope rammed his destroyer into the side of the Admiral Hipper, inflicting a 40 metre rip in its armour belt before drifting away and exploding. 38 British sailors were rescued from the sea and Roope was awarded a posthumous VC for his bravery, the first earned by the Royal Navy in WWII.

The Attack on the Admiral Hipper by HMS Glowworm by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 HMS Hood readies to fire off a what proved to be the final salvo against the Bismarck before a shell from the German battleship penetrated the magazine of HMS Hood, tearing apart the British ship in an enormous explosion.

The Final Salvo - HMS Hood by Anthony Saunders. (P)
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 The King George V class battleship HMS Anson is pictured in Sydney Harbour where she joined the Pacific Fleet in July 1945, viewed across the flight deck of HMS Vengeance, where ten of her Vought F4.U Corsairs are ranged in front of a single folded Fairey Barracuda.

HMS Anson at Sydney Harbour, July 1945 by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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The Brethren of the Coast or the Brethren, was a loose coalition of pirates and privateers also known as Buccaneers who operated during the 1600s and 1700s in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico and also in the Atlantic Ocean.  They were a syndicate of pirate captains with letters of marque and reprisal who regulated their privateering enterprises within the community of privateers.
Brethren of the Coast by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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B65AP. HMS King George V by Ivan Berryman.

HMS King George V by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 Under lowering arctic skies HMS Belfast (Admiral Burnets Flagship) leads HMS Sheffield and HMS Norfolk in the race to protect convoy JW55B from Scharnhorst.

HMS Belfast During the Battle of North Cape by Randall Wilson. (Y)
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DHM655.  Prince Karl von Mecklenburg with East Prussian Cavalry at the Engagement of Goldberg, 23rd August 1813 by Richard Knotel.
Prince Karl von Mecklenburg with East Prussian Cavalry at the Engagement of Goldberg, 23rd August 1813 by Richard Knotel.
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DHM1393P. Sun in Splendour by Chris Collingwood. Soldiers of the Yorkist cause c.1461.  Crossbowman, Man at arms and knight with the standard of the Sun in Splendour.

Sun in Splendour by Chris Collingwood. (P)
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 Goch-Gennep, Germany, 9th February 1945.  The Sturmgeschutz III of Leutnant Heinz Deutsch, Stug-Brigade XII, and paratroops of 7th Fallschirmjager Division counterattacking the Allied advance into the Reichswald forest in the final months of the war.  The small Stug brigade numbering at its peak only 30 assault guns was responsible for the destruction of 250 allied tanks, Deutsch's gun claiming 44 of that total.

Defenders of the Reichswald by David Pentland. (P)
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Battle of Rivoli by Felix Philipoteaux. (Y)
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 AH-1 Whiskey Cobras of the US marine Corps in Action, Kuwait, February 1991.

Cobra Attack by David Rowlands. (Y)
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Between 18th and 23rd February, 1991, immediately preceding the ground assault, Iraqi defensive positions were bombarded by British and American artillery.  The Artillery Raids took place just inside the Saudi border all along the front line, from the east coast to west of the Wadi al Batin.  The 1st Armoured Division's contribution to the raids was the largest concentration of British artillery since the Second World War.  Further behind the M109 and M110 guns and the locating batteries were the armoured vehicle-mounted rocket launchers of the Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS).  39 Heavy Regiment, the only British regiment equipped with MLRS, fired five 'fireplans', one of them at night.  MLRS can ripple-fire 12 rockets in less than one minute.  The Artillery Raids were a major factor in the success of Operation Desert Sword because they contributed to the deception plan by concealing the main point of effort.  The ammunition itself was terrifyingly destructive.  Furthermore, Iraqi morale, already damaged by the air assaults, was crushed by the artillery bombardment.  At the right of the scene a DROPS vehicle of the Royal Corps of Transport is delivering Rocket Pod Containers, and gunners are preparing to re-arm the MLRS.
The Artillery Raids, 18th / 23rd February 1991 by David Rowlands. (GL)
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 Assault in the vicinity of Thiepval by the Ulster division-1st July 1916.  The 11th Royal Irish Rifles, moving forward from the A line of trenches, and moving forward to attack the B line of trenches, the attacking infantry are preceded by Bombers - seen carryng grenades in green canvas buckets - who are engaged in throwing grenades in anticipation of the rifle company assault on the enemy trenches; an activity barely changed since the days of Marlborough.  The rifle companies are armed with the Lee Enfield SMLE - a superb rifle, though expensive to make.  The advance is made with bayonets fixed, as trench clearing involved numerous hand to hand confrontations and bayonet fights.  The rifle companies are supported by  two Lewis gun teams per company.  Note that visible in the painting is a man carrying an orange painted steel marker, painted on one side only. The markers are to to indicate to British artillery observers as to the most forward positions taken by the British advance.  Naturally, one does not present the orange side to the enemy!

The Great Folly of 1916 by Jason Askew. (P)
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AD43 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Michael Schumacher and Ferrari.
Encore by Graham Bosworth
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From behind 17th green looking back to hotel, clubhouse and 18th hole.

Gleneagles - Kings Course by Mark Chadwick
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A montage of moments from the outstanding Welsh 6 Nation Championship Grand Slam Victory of 2005.
The Perfect Year - Wales Grand Slam Champions 2005 by Darren Baker. (Y)
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MC0041P. Blitzkrieg by Mark Churms.

Blitzkrieg by Mark Churms. (P)
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B50. Jean Alesi/ Ferrari 412 by Ivan Berryman.

Jean Alesi/ Ferrari 412 by Ivan Berryman.
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Lennox Lewis by Peter Deighan.
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 A great tribute to one of the all time greats in golf who will be sadly missed.

Seve Ballesteros by Peter Deighan. (Y)
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Marcus Gronholm wins the 2002 Rally New Zealand in the Peugeot 206 and gains the World Rally Championship Title, October 2002.
Finnish First by Graham Bosworth. (Y)
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