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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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 Fokker DR.1 Triplane 425/17 of Manfred von Richthofen, accompanied by a Fokker. D.VII wingman, swoops from a high patrol early in 1918. 425/17 was the aircraft in which the Red Baron finally met his end in April of that year, no fewer than 17 of his victories having been scored in his red-painted triplane.

Final Days by Ivan Berryman.
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 Harrier GR3s of No. 1 squadron in a secluded hide following a field exercise. The unique vertical take off capabilities of the Harrier allow front-line squadrons to deploy from dispersed sites.

GR3 Field Trip by Stuart Brown. (Y)
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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.
Faith Hope and Charity by Stan Stokes. (C)
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In the early summer of 1944 the Me 262 became the worlds first operational jet aircraft. With a top speed of 540 mph it easily outperformed any Allied aircraft of WWII, and went on to revolutionise aerial warfare. A truly remarkable aircraft.
Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me262A-1a by Barry Price.
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 The afternoon of 25th July 1940 was a desperate one for the already exhausted fighter pilots of the RAF defending the South coast of England.  As convoy CW8 made its way through the English Channel, sixty JU.87 Stukas and forty JU.88 bombers launched a brutal attack on the ships below, backed up by fighter cover of over 50 Messerscmitt Bf.109s.  Eight Spitfires of 64 Sqn (Kenley) were scrambled, together with twelve Spitfires of 54 Sqn (Hornchurch) and Hurricanes of 111 Sqn from Croydon.  The British pilots found themselves massively outnumbered, but nevertheless put up a spirited fight against the teeming enemy.  This painting shows Spitfires of 54 Sqn entering the fray, the pilots scattering as they choose their targets and go after the JU.87s. To the right of this, Bf.109Es of JG.26 are roaring in to join battle, whilst Adolf Gallands aircraft engages a Hurricane of 111 Sqn.

A Day for Heroes by Ivan Berryman.
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Flight Lieutenant Mick Martin readies his crew to release their bouncing bomb as he makes his run into the Mohne Dam.  Flanking him is the Lancaster of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, using his aircraft to draw flak from the gunners along the dam.

Into Attack by Gerald Coulson.
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Our Gal Sal, a veteran of over a hundred ops, returning to base in the summer of 1944.  The peace of the  English country side is broken by the thunder of the mighty four engined bombers and keen observers will spot the rabbit scampering along the country lane as the Forts of the Bloody 100th circle the Airbase. With one engine feathered and showing signs of the gauntlet of Flak and fighters she has had to come through, the crew know they are only moments away from the safety of home.

The Veteran by Simon Smith.
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 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 – the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 The heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire is brought up to sink the blazing wreck of the Bismarck with torpedoes at around 10:30 hours on the morning of May 27th 1941.  The once proud German ship had been ruthlessly pounded into a twisted and burning wreck by the British battleships Rodney and King George V.  HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Maori combed the area of the sinking for survivors, between them picking up a total of 110 out of an original complement of 2,300.

HMS Dorsetshire by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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DHM1449GS.  Tirpitz Passing Through Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman.

Tirpitz Passing Through Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 The Leander class cruiser HMS Orion is shown departing Grand Harbour Malta late in 1945.

HMS Orion by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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  T class submarine HMS Thorn surfaces during the work up exercises off the west coast of Scotland in late 1941. Taking part is an escort sloop of the Black Swan class and a Sunderland from 201 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command.

Working Up by Robert Barbour.
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Viewed across the damaged stern of the 80-gun San Nicholas, 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 Captains bowsprit to use it as a bridge. The San Nicholas then fouled the Spanish three decker San Joseph (112), allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre. A British frigate is moving into a supporting position in the middle distance.

HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 The destroyer HMS Kelly passes close to the old carrier HMS Eagle as she escorts a convoy in the Mediterranean early in 1941.

HMS Kelly by Ivan Berryman.
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The USS Colorado holds the all time record of 37 consecutive days of firing at an enemy and the record of 24 direct enemy air attacks in 62 days both while at Okinawa.

USS Colorado Okinawa by Anthony Saunders. 
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 With her pennant number GO4 painted out to accommodate a western approaches camouflage the destroyer HMS Onslaught punches her way through a heavy swell during escort duties in the north Atlantic

HMS Onslaught by Ivan Berryman.
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 88mm AA guns of the 23rd Flak Regiment, used as anti-tank guns by orders of Rommel himself, are shown firing on British Matilda tanks of 4th/7th Royal Tank Regiment.

Action at Arras, France, 21st May 1940 by David Pentland. (Y)
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 Wellington watches as his army retires from the battle field area of Quatrebras.

Wellington Leaving Quatre Bras for Waterloo by Mark Churms. (Y)
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DHM6058P. A United States Cavalry rider is caught in single combat with a Native American Indian horseman.

Scene from the Indian Wars by Alan Herriot. (P)
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With the Highland charge across the wide expanse of Culloden Moor easily repelled by the government army and the enemy advancing to the right. The Pretender, Prince Charles, hangs his head in concession as the realisation dawns on the Jacobite troops that defeat has been thrust upon them by their own command.

Culloden, End of the 45 by Mike Shaw.
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 Depicting one of the nighttime Zulu attacks on Rorkes Drift. The South Wales Borderers defend the outpost by the light of the burning hospital building.

Night of the Zulu by Bud Bradshaw. (Y)
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DHM1625P. 13th Light Dragoons at Windsor Castle by Chris Collingwood.

13th Light Dragoons at Windsor Castle by Chris Collingwood. (P)
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In August 1808 the 2nd battalion of the 95th Rifles were part of the expedition commanded by Sir Arthur Wellesley to Portugal and covered the landings at Mondego Bay.  On 15th August during a skirmish at Obidos, they had the distinction of firing the first shots of the Peninsular War against the French.  The Rifles were trained to think quickly and by themselves in dangerous situations, they were also taught to work and fight together in pairs while firing harassing and well aimed shots at the enemy.  The Baker rifle which the 95th used was an accurate weapon for its day, with reported kills being taken up to 270 metres away.  During the Peninsular War, Rifleman Thomas Plunkett of the 1st Battalion, 95th Rifles, shot the French General Auguste-Marie-Francois Colbert at a range that may have been even greater.  Rifleman Thomas Plunkett then shot a second French officer who rode to the general's aid.

Tribute to the 95th Rifles by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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At 0620 hours covered by a brief barrage from 1000 guns, the tanks of C and F Battalions in MkIV tanks advanced alongside the men of the British 12th Division against the impregnable German Hindenburg line at Cambrai.  Supported in the air by 4 RFC squadron flying ground attack missions, the general offensive had broken through 3 trench lines and penetrated 5 miles on a 6 mile front by lunchtime.  Although these gains were not exploited and later retaken by a German counter offensive, Cambrai showed the full potential of the tank on the battlefield.

Battle of Cambrai, France, 20th November 1917 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 Jonjo O'Neill.  Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 1984, Cheltenham Gold Cup 1986.

Dawn Run by Peter Deighan.
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SP4AP.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms (AP)
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 Ralf Schumacher winning the first Grand Prix of his career in the Williams FW23. Ralf dominated the San Marino Grand Prix from the first corner to the chequered flag giving Williams its first win since 1997. History was made when the Schumachers became the first brothers in Formula 1 to win a Grand Prix. Imola April 2001.

The Italian Job by Michael Thompson
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 David Coulthard. McLaren Mercedes MP4/13
A Scottish Gentleman by Michael Thompson.
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This signed art print was produced at the end of 2000 after the Olympics of that year, and has been sold out from the publisher for many years.  We have the last few publishers proofs of this edition available.  This superb art print celebrates the ultimate achievement for any athlete, the winning of an Olympic gold medal.  In the modern era athletes from Great Britain have won 178 gold medals and Gary Keane's montage celebrates some of the highlights from those achievements.  It captures the determination and effort required to win, as well as the euphoria when the realisation that a life long dream has finally become a reality.  This print is not only a tribute to those featured but also to all other competitors and medal winners who have strived to bring glory and honour to Great Britain.  As the Olympic Games enter a new century and a new chapter in history, it is hoped that this reminder of past glories will also help to inspire those competing for gold in the future.  This limited edition print is signed by six gold medal winners : <br>LYNN DAVIES - 1964 TOKYO Men's Long Jump.<br>MARY PETERS - 1972 MUNICH Pentathlon.<br>DALEY THOMPSON - 1980 MOSCOW Decathlon & 1984 LOS ANGELES Decathlon.<br>TESSA SANDERSON - 1984 LOS ANGELES Javelin.<br>SALLY GUNNELL - 1992 BARCELONA 400 metre Hurdles.<br>STEVEN REDGRAVE - 1984 LOS ANGELES Rowing Coxed Fours, 1988 SEOUL Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1992 BARCELONA Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1996 ATLANTA Rowing Coxless Pairs (and since signing this print, also 2000 SYDNEY Rowing Coxless Fours).

British Olympic Legends by Gary Keane
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 2003 World Superbike Champion, Neil Hodgson with James Toseland in his slipstream.  British World Superbike - June 2003. 
Battle of Britain by Dave Foord.
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B47. Eddie Irvine/ Ferrari F.310. by Ivan Berryman.

Eddie Irvine/ Ferrari F.310. by Ivan Berryman.
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Eddie Irvine raced Formula Ford from 1983 to 1988.  Driving a variety of different chassis, he won two Formula Ford championships by the end of 1987.  In 1988, Eddie drove in the British Formula Three championship and then joined the Jordan Formula 3000 team for 1990.  He won his first race at Hockenheim, finishing third overall in the championship that year.  The following three years saw Eddie driving in the Japanese F3000 series, almost winninh the title in 1993.  He also drove for Toyota at Le Mans holding the lap record for several years.  At the end of 1993 Eddie drove for the Jordan F1 team and gained notoriety by overtaking Ayrton Senna having only just been lapped by him.  In 1996, Eddie took on the unenviable role as number two to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari but in 1999 became the number one driver for Ferrari following a serious accident for Schumacher.

Tribute to Eddie Irvine by Stuart McIntyre.
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