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Trafalgar: HMS Royal Sovereign Prepares to Break the Line by Ivan Berryman.
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 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 Nelson's sailors and marines board the San Nicolas and during heavy hand to hand fighting capture the ship.  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 Captain's bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicolas then fouled the Spanish three-decker San Joseph, allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.

Boarding the San Nicolas by Chris Collingwood. (P)
 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 The hero of Trafalgar, HMS Temeraire, is depicted here at sea as she was originally constructed, with her simple scroll figurehead, and the yellow hull that was typical of the period. She has her studding sails set on the mainmast to help make all speed as she punches through the heavy swell of the English Channel. For Trafalgar, Temeraire was repainted with the 'Nelson Chequer' pattern that can be seen on HMS Victory today, this magnificent ship coming to the latter's rescue whilst fighting on with a prize lashed to each of her sides. Post Trafalgar, her crew raised enough money from their prizes to have a new figurehead carved which she carried proudly even to the scrap yard at Rotherhithe in 1838, where she was broken up.

The Good Old Temeraire by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Ships of Commodore Preble's Mediterranean Squadron are shown during the action of 3rd August 1804 when they provided support to the gunboats and mortar boats as they pounded the defensive walls and xebecs that were defending Tripoli. In the left foreground, the bomb boat Robinson rolls as she fires her mortar whilst the brig Argus takes up station behind Constitution, both of which are firing broadsides. The brig Syren is in the far distance, engaging more of the Tripolitan xebec gunboats, having cut inside of Constitution to engage the enemy more closely.

The Bombardment of Tripoli, 1804 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 The painting depicts the French ships Franklin and Peuple Souverain taking heavy fire from HMS Defence (centre) with HMS Minotaur in her wake, whilst Nelson in HMS Vanguard can be seen behind them. Other French ships, Spartiate and Conquerant can also be seen through the gap. On the far side of Franklin and Peuple Souverain, the masts and sails of the British ship Orion can be seen as she rakes the French line from the far side.

Fire in the Night - The Battle of the Nile, 1798 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 By 2.00pm on 21st October 1805, the Battle of Trafalgar was all but won, the combined French and Spanish fleets had suffered terrible losses, but not without great cost to the British. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lay dying in the cockpit of his flagship, <i>Victory</i>, having been struck down by a single musket round fired from the fighting top of the French <i>Redoutable'</i>s mizzen mast as Nelson walked on deck with Captain Hardy.  In this scene, the battered remains of <i>Victory</i> can be seen beneath the figurehead of the Spanish 74 <i>Principe de Asturias</i> which dominates the foreground. Beside her, the hulk of the <i>Redoutable</i> sags in the water as <i>Temeraire</i> breaks free. In the centre, the British 74 <i>Leviathan</i> is engaging the French 80-gun <i>Neptune</i>, whilst the <i>San Augustin</i> can be seen firing at the extreme right of the picture.

Trafalgar by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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Sir Charles Blyth CBE BEM

A Scottish yachstman and rower and known by the name Chay, Blyth was born in Hawick, Roxburghshire on 14th May 1940. He joined the British Army Parachute Regiment when he was 18 and rose quickly through the ranks to become a Sergeant at the age of 21. He was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world on a 59-foot boat called British Steel in 1971.

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As Admiral Nelsons flagship leads the British fleet toward the Franco-Spanish line, Captain Harveys Temeraire tries to pass Victory in order to be the first to break the enemy column.

HMS Victory by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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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 view across Battleship Row, viewed from above Ford Island as the USS Nevada gallantly makes her break for the open sea, coming under heavy attack from Japanese A6M2s from the carrier Hiryu. The Nevada was eventually too badly damaged to continue and was beached to avoid blocking the harbour entrance. In the immediate foreground, the lightly damaged USS Tennessee is trapped inboard of USS West Virginia which has sunk at her moorings, leaking burning oil and hampering the daring operations to pluck trapped crew members from her decks, while just visible to the right is the stern of the USS Maryland and the capsized Oklahoma.

The Raid on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941 by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 HMS Broadsword and the aircraft carrier Hermes battle their way through the storm on their way to the Battle for the Falklands.

Storm Force to the Falklands by Anthony Saunders (Y)
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The cruiser HMS Frobisher dominates this scene off Houlgate at the Normandy landings of 1944.  The monitor HMS Roberts lies beyond Frobisher with a Large Infantry Landing Ship or LSI (L) unshipping its LCAs on the extreme right of the picture.  In the foreground, a motor launch attends a group of LCP (L)s as they head for the French beaches.  Two Spitfire Mk.IXs conduct sweeps overhead as Operation Neptune gathers momentum.

HMS Frobisher and HMS Roberts at Normandy by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 The Leander class cruiser HMS Orion is shown departing Grand Harbour Malta late in 1945.

HMS Orion by Ivan Berryman.
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 Spitfire of 761 Training Squadron (attached to the Royal Navy) flies over the Forth Railway Bridge on the eve of World War Two, also shown is HMS Royal Oak departing Rosyth for the open sea.

Land, Sea and Air by Ivan Berryman. (E)
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The Royal Navy aimed to block communications between France and its American colonies. On May 3rd 1747, a British fleet of 14 warships intercepted a French convoy off Cape Finnisterre. The French ships were protected by eight ships of the line, the British fleet under Admiral George Anson attacked the French. Many of the merchant ships escaped, but Admiral Anson pursued the French ships of the line commanded by Admiral La Jonquiere. A series of running fights ended with all French warships sunk or captured.
The First Battle of Finnisterre, 3rd May 1747 by Richard Paton. (GS)
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Featured Ship

HMS Agincourt

Launched : 3rd August 1914
HMS Agincourt. Due to the South American rivalry between Brazil, Argentina and Chile, the Brazilian government ordered a battleship from Armstrongs to be called Rio de Janeiro. The design was changed after a change of government to incorporate seven main turrets making this a very long battleship. The design was accepted and laid down in September 1911, but within the year the Brazilian government were looking for another country to buy the battleship and it was eventually sold to Turkey at the beginning of 1914 for 2,725,000. The battleship was to be called Sultan Osman I for the Ottoman empire. The ship was completed when world war one broke out but was not handed over to Turkey by Winston Churchill. The admiralty had been told to delay and slow down the final construction in the months of June and July. The battleship went on a number of sea trials; far more than was expected by the Turkish ffficers and technicians, ending up on the Forth near the railway bridge on 18th July. In the morning the battleship sailed back to the Walker yard arriving. On 27th July the Turkish steamer the Neshid Pasha arrived with the Turkish crew and tied up opposite the battleship. They were given the date of the 2nd of August for the handover, but on the 1st of August a detachment of Sherwood Foresters came marching through the gates with fixed bayonets and went onto the battleship. The Turkish officers knew what was happening and no resistance was met. The Turkish crew who were on board left and boarded the Neshid Pasha, which then sailed from the berth. On August the 3rd the crew of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert got the signal to proceed to Tyneside for the commissioning of the new battleship. It was to be commanded by captain Nicholson. The battleship joined the 4th battle squadron of the Grand Fleet on the 7th September 1914, transferring to the 1st Battle Squadron in time for the Battle of Jutland, firing 144 rounds from her 12 inch guns at the battle, while receiving no damage or casualties during the action. In 1918 she joined the 2nd Battle Squadron and in 1919 was put on the disposal list. Recommissioned at Rosyth in 1919 as a experimental ship, and finally as a large depot ship with the removal off all main gun turrets except no.1 and 2. All work on the alterations were stopped in 1921, and Agincourt was scrapped in 1922.

Displacement: 27,500 tons and 30,250 tons deep load. Speed: 22knots Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots Compliment: 1115. Armament Fourteen 12-inch Guns in pairs. Twenty 6-inch Guns, ten 3-inch guns, and two 3-inch guns AA MK1. Three 21inch Torpedo Tubes.

Ex Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Scrapped 19th December 1922.

On this day in naval history....

19 September

Found 57 matching entries.






19thSeptember1892HMS BrilliantCarried out full power trials
19thSeptember1901HMS CobraFoundered
19thSeptember1906HMS GarryArrived Pembroke Dock from Loch Ryan
19thSeptember1906HMS BoyneArrived Pembroke Dock from Loch Ryan
19thSeptember1906HMS CraneArrived Pembroke Dock from Loch Ryan
19thSeptember1912HMS LionArrived Copenhagen
19thSeptember1919HMS BarhamSailed Penzance
19thSeptember1928HMS EnterpriseArrived Mombasa
19thSeptember1933HMS AcheronArrived Port Sigri
19thSeptember1933HMS DefenderSailed Basidu
19thSeptember1933HMS DanaeArrived Georgetown
19thSeptember1933HMS ArdentArrived Port Sigri
19thSeptember1933HMS AntelopeArrived Port Sigri
19thSeptember1933HMS ArrowArrived Port Sigri
19thSeptember1934HMS AcheronSailed Crkvenica
19thSeptember1934HMS AcheronArrived Olib
19thSeptember1934HMS LupinArrived Abu Musa
19thSeptember1935HMS LondonderryCapt. H.B. Jacomb in Command
19thSeptember1935HMS LondonderryCommissioned for service in the Red Sea Division
19thSeptember1936HMS DaintyEn route from Wei Hai Wei to Hong Kong
19thSeptember1936HMS DianaEn route from Wei Hai Wei to Hong Kong
19thSeptember1937HMS GalateaSailed Gibraltar
19thSeptember1938HMS LondonSailed Malta
19thSeptember1939HMS AcheronJoined Convoy MB005/1
19thSeptember1939HMS CairoChannel Force
19thSeptember1939HMS CairoChannel Force
19thSeptember1939HMS BlackpoolLaid down Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Govan, Scotland)
19thSeptember1941HMS FormidableAt Norfolk Virginia repairing
19thSeptember1941HMS DelhiAt Brooklyn repairing
19thSeptember1941HMS DidoAt Brooklyn repairing
19thSeptember1941HMS LiverpoolAt Mare Island, California repairing
19thSeptember1941HMS IllustriousAt Norfolk Virginia repairing
19thSeptember1942HMS AriesLaunched
19thSeptember1944HMS EastbourneA/Lt.Cdr. Alexander Henry Brittain, RANVR Assumed Command
19thSeptember1945HMS BarfleurSailed Tokyo Bay
19thSeptember1945HMS BarfleurArrived Yokohama
19thSeptember1945HMS BermudaSailed Woosung Flats Shanghai for Tsingtao
19thSeptember1950HMS GambiaArrived Marseilles
19thSeptember1955HMS Loch KillisportSailed Mauritious
19thSeptember1955HMS BirdhamLaunched
19thSeptember1955HMS BirminghamSailed Taranto
19thSeptember2001HMS GlasgowArrived Devonport
19thSeptember2002HMS Ark RoyalGibraltar
19thSeptember2002HMS BangorGibraltar
19thSeptember2002HMS BlythGibraltar
19thSeptember2002HMS BrocklesbyGibraltar
19thSeptember2002HMS LancasterPortsmouth
19thSeptember2002HMS Iron DukePortsmouth
19thSeptember2002HMS CornwallDevonport
19thSeptember2002HMS ChathamGibraltar
19thSeptember2003HMS CampbeltownDevonport
19thSeptember2004HMS CornwallLondon
19thSeptember2005HMS LancasterPlymouth Sound
19thSeptember2006HMS BulwarkMarchwood
19thSeptember2006HMS CampbeltownPlymouth Sound
19thSeptember2007HMS BrocklesbyPortsmouth
19thSeptember2008HMS IllustriousPlymouth Sound

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