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Naval history of the Royal naval battleship HMS Vanguard. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Vanguard from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Vanguard.

The Vanguard leaving Portsmouth in May 1953.

HMS Vanguard was the last of the great Royal navy battleships, built at Clydebank, she was launched on the 30th November 1944, and did not see service during world War Two, She was the biggest British battleship with a displacement of 42.500 tons. she carried 8 15-inch guns and a secondary armament of 16 x 5.25 inch guns and 71 AA Guns, her compliment was 1600. On the 4th August 1960, while beginning to be towed from Portsmouth to Faslane for scrapping, the great battleship ran aground at the entrance to the harbour.  She finally was scrapped just 15 miles from where she was built at Faslane, 9th August 1960.

Displacement:  52,245t    Speed: 29.5kt    Complement: 1,900

Armament: Eight 15 inch guns,   sixteen 5.25 inch guns.   Seventy-three 40mm anti-aircraft guns.

HMS Vanguard, May 1946.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP531

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HMS Vanguard, May 1946.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP532

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HMS Vanguard, May 1947.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP533

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HMS Vanguard, May 1947.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP534

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP534

HMS Vanguard, May 1947.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP535

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP535

HMS Vanguard, 1948.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP536

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HMS Vanguard, June 1953.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP537

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HMS Vanguard, September 1958.

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HMS Vanguard pictured c.1945

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The Chapel of St Andrew on HMS Vanguard.

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HMS Vanguard.  Sent in by Allan Lloyd.

 

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CPO FREDERICK ALEXANDER DOUST..  My grandfather Frederick Doust Served on the Vanguard in the 1940s. Anyone who remembers him please contact me at my email address. I am desperate to find out about him. I understand he was mentioned in dispatches twice. From a proud grandson. Contact Here

DONALD APPLEBY..  I am hunting and thought you may be able to help.  My grandad a wonderful man served on the vanguard on its last voyage in 1958. I think his no was P/KX88491 Donald Appleby he first left in 1948 and rejoined in1953 and finally left in 1958if there are any friends out there who know him or remember him please get in touch.  I would to try to get some service history on him his stories are superb and always keep me entertained, I'm a serving soldier so I have the utmost respect for old guys who fought so hard for our future.  Any help you can offer me is greatly appreciated.  Mark Appleby  -email   geordie_appleby@hotmail.com 

STANLEY TUNMORE.. My Uncle died recently and I found a small booklet headed Nominal List of all those onboard H.M.S Vanguard During the Royal Cruise to South Africa 1947. Stanley Tunmore was rated as O.D the list is comprehensive naming the full ships Crew (see photo right). Stan was 75 in November. Anyone wanting information or knew him can contact me on my E-mail address terry@harding1946.fsnet.co.uk 

KEVIN JAMES HITCH..   I am trying to find information about my Father who I believe served on Vanguard in about 1950. I gather he later worked in the steel industry in Wales, and subsequently went to South Africa.  My name is Kevin James Hitch, (changed on adoption in 1964 from Brown).  I can be contacted via kim.hitch@btinternet.com

NORMAN UNDERHILL.. I would like information about my father Norman from West Bromwich while he served on the Vanguard. I know he was on board when the ships had royal visitors 1945-48. One of his duties was to clean the inside of the gun barrels by crawling down them tied by a rope. Contact me at underhill_stephan@hotmail.com 

SIDNEY JOHN PURKISS.. I am looking for information about my father while he was serving aboard the HMS Vanguard in the 1940-1950s. Contact me at Carol@casualcatering.freeserve.co.uk 

WILLIAM CHARLES STANTON.. Seeking information from anyone who may remember my dad William Stanton who served on the Vanguard late 1940's early 1950's. He trained as an electrician. He was from Walsall and also served on HMS Nigeria and finally on HMS Unicorn. He passed away in 1999 and I am trying to put as much as I can in family history about him for my grandchildren to remember him. Contact me at geoff.dawn@ukonline.co.uk 

DENNIS KNIGHT.. I would like more information about my uncle Dennis Knight who served on HMS Vanguard. I would like to hear from anyone who may have known him or have photographs. Contact Michael Moore at Michael.Moorexc@btopenworld.com 

LES SIGGERY   I am looking for information on my father's naval career and his friends in the navy. During the war he served on HMS Rodney, and after he served on HMS vanguard, I think as a Chief Petty Officer. If you can help with information I would be very grateful. Ade Siggery contact.  Ade@siggery17.freeserve.co.uk