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The River Class destroyer marked the break between torpedo boats and true destroyers and set the destroyer programmes of Britain and other major naval powers until 1916. The class served the Royal Navy well and was used during WWI for patrol and escort duties. due to their higher silhouette which made them more visible they were less suited for surprise torpedo attacks. The River Class destroyers were built by various boat yards including Palmer, Yarrow, Hawthorn Leslie, Laird, Thornycroft and White.
HMS Ribble 19th March 1904 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Teviot 7th November 1903 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Usk 25th July 1903 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Derwent 14th February 1903 Mined and sunk off Le Havre on 2nd May 1917.
HMS Eden 13th February 1903 Collided with another vessel in 1916 and sank.
HMS Foyle 25th February 1903 Mined and sunk in 1917.
HMS Itchen 17th March 1903 Torpedoed and sunk in 1917.
HMS Kennet 4th December 1903 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Jed 16th February 1904 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Welland 14th April 1904 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Cherwell 23rd July 1903 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Dee 10th September 1903 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Arun 29th April 1903 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Blackwater 25th July 1903 Sunk after colliding with another vessel in 1909.
HMS Waveney 16th March 1903 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Chelmer 8th December 1904 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Colne 21st May 1905 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Ure 25th October 1904 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Wear 21st January 1905 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Liffey 23rd September 1904 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Moy 10th November 1904 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Ouse 7th January 1905 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Boyne 12th September 1904 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Doon 8th November 1904 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Kale 8th November 1904 Mined and sunk in 1918.
HMS Rother 5th January 1904 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Gala 7th January 1905 Never completed. Sunk after colliding with another vessel in 1908.
HMS Garry 21st May 1905 Broken up in 1919 after colliding with the Attentive.
HMS Ness 5th January 1905 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Nith 7th March 1905 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Swale 20th April 1905 Broken up in 1919.
HMS Stour 3rd June 1905 Sold for scrapping in August 1919.
HMS Test 6th May 1905 Sold for scrapping in August 1919.
HMS Ribble

On the afternoon of the 27th April 1908 , the eastern destroyer Flotilla, consisting of 15 vessels, in company with the scouts HMS Adventure and HMS Attentive, left  Harwich for the purpose of firing exercise and night ,maneuvers. a little after midnight all the vessels having their lights masked, HMS Gala one of the destroyers came into collision  with HMS Attentive being struck by the latter's ram in the after part of the engine room and cut in two. Fortunately in this case all the crew were saved, except Engineer Lieutenant F A Fletcher, who was drowned. HMS Attentive afterwards came into collision with another of the destroyers HMS Ribble which received damage sufficiently serious to oblige her to put back to sheerness. The fore part of HMS Gala sunk almost immediately, but the after part, with all the  crew clinging to it remained afloat for some time, sinking while an attempt was being made to tow it into shallow water.

HMS Ribble.  Submitted by George Needham

HMS Ribble. 

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HMS Teviot

HMS Teviot, 1906.

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HMS Teviot, 1910.

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HMS Derwent

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HMS Eden

HMS Eden - Name History

The second “EDEN” is a turbine torpedo-boat destroyer, launched at Hawthorn Leslie’s Yard in 1903.  She is of 555 tons, 7000 horse-power, and 25 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 23ft., and 9ft.  Early in the morning of January 28th, 1910, this destroyer, while commanded by Lieutenant Oliver M. F. Stokes, broke away from her moorings in bad weather, and sank at the Harbour Jetty, under East Cliff, Dover.  She was got afloat again on January 30th.

HMS Dee

HMS Dee

HMS Dee - Name History

The fourth “DEE” is a twin-screw torpedo-boat destroyer, built at Palmers Yard at Jarrow and launched on the Tyne in 1903.  She is of 545 tons, 7000 horse-power, and 27 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 225ft., 23ft., and 10ft.  In September 1905 the “Dee,” while commanded by Lieutenant and Commander Harold E. Sulivan, and in company with the “Exe,” demonstrated her good qualities by successfully passing through a severe typhoon between Wei-hai-wei and Shanghai.  At the beginning of the passage the barometer stood at 30.20, and there was only a slight breeze.  In two days the glass had dropped to 27.78 and the wind had increased to force 11.  By the third day the barometer and wind were both normal.  An observer in the “Exe,” who was watching the “Dee,” noted that “. . .The extraordinary attitudes she assumed, and the conditions she went through, were more interesting than re-assuring.  At times she would be poised on her crest of a sea, her fore part high and dry (so to speak), leaving her keel visible up to the conning tower; the after part also naked, showing her propellers racing in the air.  The she would take a dive, an intervening wave would blot out this merry picture, and then to one’s relief as the wave passed by, a mast would appear waving on the other side until, thank goodness, one would catch sight of her funnels and then her hull, still above water. . .”  The “Dee,” was sighted at a bad period f the typhoon by a passing mail steamer.  The passengers gave the little ship up as lost, and it is said that a clergyman among them offered up prayers for the repose of their souls. The commanding officer of the “Dee,” was much struck by the contrast afforded by the blue sky and comparative calm which he experienced in the centre of the storm, and by the number of kingfishers and other land birds which took refuge on board the ship when she got into this calm vortex.  The ship was in situation of considerable peril for some forty-eight hours, and was only saved by good work of her builders, and the seamanlike skill of her Commander.  The whole affair reflected the greatest possible credit on the British destroyer officers, and the reader who wishes to read fuller details will find them in the second edition of Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock’s Whispers from the fleet, where they appear in the form of a letter from Commander Allan F. Everett of the “Exe,” who was the senior officer of the two vessels.

HMS Arun

HMS Arun - Name History

The Arun is a twin-screw torpedo-boat destroyer, launched at Birkenhead in 1903.  She is of 550 tons, 7000 horsepower, and 27 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 225ft, 23ft, and 10ft.  On August 13th, 1904, the “Arun” while commanded by commander Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt, collided with the torpedo-boat destroyer “Decoy” off the Scilly Island.  The “Decoy” sank and was never recovered, but no lives were lost.

HMS Arun, 1904.

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HMS Arun.

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HMS Blackwater

HMS Blackwater, 1906.

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HMS Waveney

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HMS Chelmer

HMS Chelmer running dispatched Balkan War 1912. © Christopher Swindlehurst

HMS Chelmer ships company at Salina, Malta © Christopher Swindlehurst

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HMS Colne

HMS Colne, 1905.

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HMS Ure

HMS Ure 

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HMS Ure, 1905.

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HMS Wear

HMS Wear.

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HMS Boyne

HMS Boyne c.1905

HMS Boyne in 1906 

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HMS Doon

HMS Doon.

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HMS Doon in dry dock at Harwich.

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HMS Welland

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HMS Cherwell

HMS Cherwell.

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HMS Cherwell c.1904 

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HMS Cherwell.

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HMS Rother

HMS Rother, 1907.

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HMS Gala

On the afternoon of the 27th April 1908 , the eastern destroyer Flotilla, consisting of 15 vessels, in company with the scouts HMS Adventure and HMS Attentive, left  Harwich for the purpose of firing exercise and night ,maneuvers. a little after midnight all the vessels having their lights masked, HMS Gala one of the destroyers came into collision  with HMS Attentive being struck by the latter's ram in the after part of the engine room and cut in two. Fortunately in this case all the crew were saved, except Engineer Lieutenant F A Fletcher, who was drowned. HMS attentive afterwards came into collision with another of the destroyers HMS Ribble which received damage sufficiently serious to oblige her to put back to sheerness. The fore part of HMS gala sunk almost immediately, but the after part, with all the  crew clinging to it remained afloat for some time, sinking while an attempt was being made to tow it into shallow water.

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HMS Garry

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HMS Nith

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 An ignominious end for an Albatros C.III demands an act of compassion by a British medical team who are first on the scene of a crash in the early years of World War 1.

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Rain or Shine by Michael Thompson
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 England 53 - South Africa 3, Twickenham, Novermber 23rd 2002. England: Robinson, Cohen, Tindall, Greenwood, Christophers, Wilkinson, Dawson, Vickery, Leonard, Thompson, Johnson, Kay, Moody, Back, Hill. (Subs): Dallaglio, Gomersall, Healey, Morris, Regan, Stimpson. Scores: Try - Cohen, 2 Tries - Greenwood, Try - Back, Try - Hill, Try - Dallaglio, Penalty Try, 2 Penalties - Wilkinson, Conversion - Wilkinson, Conversion - Dawson, 2 Conversions - Gomersall, 2 Conversions - Stimpson. <br><br>South Africa: Greef, Paulse, Fleck, James, Lombard, Pretorius, Conradie, Roux, Dalton, Venter, Lambuschagne, Krige, Wannenburg, Van Niekerk. (Subs): Jacobs, Jordaan, Russell, Uys, Van Biljon, Van der Linde, Wentzel. Score : Penalty - Pretorius.

England v South Africa - Investec 2002 by Doug Harker. (Y)
Half Price! - £100.00
 The English football team for 2002.
England by Peter Deighan.
Half Price! - £50.00
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
Half Price! - £110.00
Race horses gallop to the finish shown in this racing painting by Mark Churms.

The Finish by Mark Churms.
Half Price! - £20.00

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