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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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 The early months of 1942 saw Sqn Ldr Derek Ward flying several sorties a day, many of them at night with 73 Sqn in the skies above Egypt. He claimed a Heinkel 111 destroyed on 9th February and a Bf.109 just a few days later. Then, on the night of 1st May, Ward spotted a Focke-Wulf Fw.200 Condor heading out to sea. Alone, he pursued the German four-engined bomber in his Hurricane and shot it down, flames streaming from its wing. For this action, Sqn Ldr Ward was awarded the DFC.

Tribute to Squadron Leader Derek Ward by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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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. 

Brandenburg D.1 by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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 At 3.30am on the 23rd June 1945, a Dakota of 357 (special duties) Squadron took off from Mingaladon airfield nr.  Rangoon , to travel the 600 miles, 300 of them behind enemy lines, to rescue a downed American Liberator crew deep in the jungles of   Siam  .  The Dakota was flown by pilot Fl Lt. Larry Lewis, who already held the DFM awarded to him for 33 ops as a rear gunner on   Wellingtons  in 1941. Two crews had already failed when Lewis was asked to attempt this hazardous mission. Flying between 5,000 - 6,000ft he flew over The Hump, a ridge of mountains running down the spine of   Burma  . Local villagers had cleared a rough airstrip 800yds long with Lewis finding it by the time dawn broke. With monsoon clouds gathering, the Liberator crew aboard and the Dakota sinking in the wet ground, he managed, just, to get airborne. Flying at zero feet and looking out for Japanese Zero fighters Lewis took a different course back. Although being fired on from the ground they managed to make it all the way to the airfield at Dum Dum nr.   Calcutta ,  India  . Lewis was awarded an immediate DFC. By the end of the war he had completed 63 ops, held the rank of Squadron Leader with his service from 1938-1945, and was awarded the Air Efficiency Medal.

Larry Lewis DFC by Graeme Lothian. (B)
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DHM412GL. Search Party Reaction by David Rowlands.

Search Party Reaction by David Rowlands (GL)
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 Sqn Ldr Billy Drake is shown in Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk1a ET790 claiming a Ju87 Stuka  on the 31st of October 1942.  Sqn Ldr Drake commanded  112 Squadron flying Kittyhawks at Gambut on 24th May 1942.  He claimed a probable Bf109 on 6th June, another probable on  2nd July, destroyed a Bf109 on the 8th, damaged a Ju88 on the ground on the 19th, destroyed a Bf109 on the 24th, two Ju87s on  the 1st September and another Bf109 on the 13th.  Drake shared a Ju87 and probably destroyed another on 1st October 1942, got a probable Bf109 on the 22nd, destroyed another on the 26th, an Me202 on the 27th, a Ju87 on the 31st, a Bf109 destroyed and another damaged on 5th November, a Bf109 destroyed on the ground on the 11th, an He111 destroyed and a Bf109 damaged on the 15th, a Bf110 destroyed and another damaged on the 19th, an Me202 and a Bf109 destroyed on 11th December and he finally shared a Bf109 on the 13th.  Drake was awarded a Bar to the DFC (28.7.42) and the DSO (4.12.42).

Tribute to Squadron Leader Billy Drake by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Maurice <i>Peter</i> Brown damages a Dornier Do.17 in his 41 Squadron Spitfire on 30th September 1940.

Dorniers Demise by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 New Zealand's highest scoring ace, with 25 victories to his credit, proved himself to be an extraordinary and resourceful leader.  Whilst on a routine patrol in September 1918, Keith Logan 'Grid' Caldwell's 74 Sqn SE5a was involved in a mid-air collision with another SE5a, the impact breaking one of Caldwell's struts and destroying the aerodynamics of his aircraft, which promptly dropped 1,000 ft and went into a flat spin.  Incredibly, Caldwell climbed from the cockpit of his stricken machine and held the broken strut together with his left hand whilst keeping his right hand on the joystick, somehow steering his wayward fighter out of danger and over friendly territory.  With no hope of a safe landing, the Kiwi jumped clear of the SE5a just a second or so before it impacted with the ground. Astounded British soldiers in a nearby trench saw Caldwell stand, dust himself off and walk casually toward them.  He returned to his unit and continued flying until the end of the war.

The Tenacious Grid Caldwell by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Pushing the concept of the Spitfire almost to the limit, the sleek F Mk212 represented the ultimate in fighter design at the end of the Second World War. Powered by the mighty Griffon 61 engine driving a five blade propeller, its armament consisted of four 20mm British Hispano Cannon, two in each wing. This example is LA200 (DL-E) of 91 Sqn in 1945.

Spitfire F Mk21 by Ivan Berryman. (E)
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B151.  HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman.
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On 29th and 30th April 1944, while surfaced close to jagged reefs, and Japanese shore guns, the USS Tang rescued 22 downed flyers from Task Force 58s strikes against enemy positions on the islands - This was the largest rescue of airmen by a submarine in the war.  USS Tang (SS-306) would later be sunk by its own torpedo off Formosa, on the 24th of October 1944.

USS Tang, The Life Guard of Truk Atoll by Robert Barbour (AP)
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Midday, 21st October 1805, and Admiral Collingwoods flagship, the 100-gun HMS Royal Sovereign, breaks the allied line and delivers a shattering broadside on the Spanish flagship Santa Anna. Making great speed, Collingwoods ship had breached the Franco-Spanish line some distance ahead of the rest of his van and the Royal Sovereign suffered heavily as she quickly drew the attentions of three French and three Spanish ships. To her starboard, the French Indomitable can be seen firing into the British flagship while, astern of the Santa Anna, Belleisle and Fougueux are engaging ahead of Mars, Monarca and Pluton.

HMS Royal Sovereign at the Battle of Trafalgar by Ivan Berryman.
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Westland Wyverns go vertical over HMS Eagle during the Suez Crisis of 1956

Up and Over by Randall Wilson.
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The English fleet pursued the Armada up the English Channel and, as darkness fell, Vice Admiral Drake broke off and captured the Spanish galleon Rosario, Admiral Pedro de Valdes and the crew.  The Rosario was known to be carrying substantial funds to pay the Spanish Army in the Low Countries.  Drakes ship had been leading the English pursuit of the Armada by means of a lantern.  By extinguishing this for the capture, Drake put the fleet into disarray overnight.  On the night of 29th July 1588, Vice Admiral Drake organised fire-ships, causing most of the Spanish captains to break formation and sail out of Calais . The next day, Drake was present at the Battle of Gravelines.  English losses were comparatively few, and none of their ships were sunk.

Grenvilles Revenge by Brian Wood.
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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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 Royal Fleet Auxiliary Olna prepares to receive HMS Active (F171) during the Falklands campaign of 1982.  HMS Coventry (D118) is in the background
RFA Olna by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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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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DHM230.  The Dispatch by H Bellange.
The Dispatch by H Bellange.
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 Scouts of the 13th Light Dragoons keep watch on the advancing French Army.

The Vedette of the 13th Light Dragoons by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 The picture shows a despatch rider coming under fire from Boer Marksmen. The picture is also known as A Yeomanry Scout Galloping With Despatches in the Boer War.

Within Sound of the Guns by Lady Elizabeth Butler. (Y)
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 The French General Kellerman (Duc de Valmy) resisted the invading armies under the Duke of Brunswick at Valmy, between Reims and Verdun, on 20th September, 1792, a turning-point in the French revolutionary wars.
Battle of Valmy by Horace Vernet (Y)
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 Driven by revenge for the brutal treatment she had suffered at the hands of the Romans, Queen Boadicea led the Iceni and her allies the Trinovantas in open revolt. The IX Legion Hispania was despatched to suppress the insurrection but were ambushed en route. Only the commander Petilius Cerealis, and a handful of cavalry escaped.

Ambush of the XI Legion by Brian Palmer (P)
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DHM1079GL.  The 1st Battalion Duke of Wellingtons Regiment at the Battle of Sittang Bridge, Burma, February 1942 by David Rowlands.

The 1st Battalion Duke of Wellingtons Regiment at the Battle of Sittang Bridge, Burma, February 1942 by David Rowlands (GL)
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DHM889P.  Winter Fishing by Alan Herriot.

Winter Fishing by Alan Herriot (P)
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AD43 by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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SPORT PRINTS

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SP4.  Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.

Desert Orchid by Mark Churms.
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 McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth.  World Champion 1976.
James Hunt by Michael Thompson.
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DH007. Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
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 The Intercontinental Formula was first organised by British Racing Drivers Club to allow the racing of cars with 2000cc to 3000cc engines. At the time the 1500cc limit of Formula 1 had been instituted by the international ruling body in the belief that the smaller cars would mean safer racing. In reality this meant that the relatively easy to handle Formula 1 cars could be driven by less experienced drivers almost as fast as the most experienced master drivers. The result was that the car with fractionally more power was the deciding factor in winning the race, rather than the better driver but this also compromised track safety. The introduction of the Intercontinental Formula was seen as more of a challenge for the drivers, with the larger and more powerful cars requiring greater skill and experience than to drive the 1500cc cars of Formula 1. The 13th International Trophy on Saturday 6th May 1961 was the first race of the season to carry World Championship points and consisted of 80 laps of Silverstone, a total of 233 miles. Stirling Moss, having already won the International Sports Car Race in a Lotus earlier that day, was driving Rob Walkers 2.5 litre Cooper Climax and qualified 2nd on the grid despite being unhappy with the steering of his car. The starting grid front row was Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Graham Hill and by the time the race started at 2.30pm a heavy rain meant that the track was not only soaked but also covered in oil and rubber from the previous races. World Champion Jack Brabham made a superb start, passed Moss and was first into Copse and by lap 4 Moss was in 3rd place led by Surtees and Brabham. Due to appalling conditions and poor visibility many of the cars were spinning or leaving the track and by lap 13 Brabham and Moss were 1st and 2nd with the rest of the field some distance behind. Moss now poured on the pressure and for the next few laps he tried to pass as he harried Brabham in a duel for the lead. The pair were now beginning to lap the tailenders and, at around a quarter of the distance Moss was held up by Flockhart, Brabhams team member, who had allowed Brabham to pass. Moss gestured angrily to Flockhart as he was unable to follow Brabham and, as the rain paused for a while the pace became faster. Suddenly and quite dramatically Moss passed both Flockhart and Brabham and within 2 laps had gained 5 seconds on the World Champion. As the rain returned in a deluge Moss mercilessly pushed on, increasing his lead to 1.5 minutes by the halfway mark. Although he could have taken things easily at this point Moss drove on relentlessly at a seemingly impossible pace and was now lapping most of the field for a second time. By the ¾ stage he completed his humiliation of Brabham by passing him for a second time to lap him representing a 3 mile lead. Moss eventually won the race in 2hrs 41 mins 19.2 secs, 1.5 laps ahead of Brabham and at least two laps ahead of the rest of the field in what were treacherous conditions. At the end of the race Moss summed up the experience as a nice ride, having proved himself to be one of the greatest and fastest drivers in the world under any conditions. Sir Stirling Moss believes this to be one of his finest ever drives.

A Moment of Triumph by Gerald Coulson. (Y)
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Michael Atherton by Keith Fearon.
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 Carl Fogarty testing the new Foggy Petronas FP1 at Brands Hatch, 2003.
Back on Track by Dave Foord. (Y)
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 Jacques Villeneuve.

The Maple Leaf Maestro by Stuart Coffield
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 The English football team for 2002.
England by Peter Deighan.
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