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Welcome to the naval print website, with over 750 naval art prints and paintings by leading naval artists, Ivan Berryman, Randall Wilson, Anthony Saunders, George Chambers, Nicholas Pocock. W. L Wylie and Charles Dixon This is probably the best naval art site on the web. You wont get better prices than these. up to 20% cheaper than available in any gallery in the UK or US. and up to 60% of these prints are only available direct from Cranston Fine Arts the naval art company. producing naval art prints for over 24 years. 


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Battle of Trafalgar Art Prints.

Trafalgar- The Destruction of The Bucentaure by Ivan Berryman.

Trafalgar: HMS Royal Sovereign Prepares to Break the Line by Ivan Berryman.
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HMS Belfast Naval Art Prints by Robert Taylor and Randall Wilson.

HMS Belfast by Robert Taylor.

HMS Belfast During the Battle of North Cape by Randall Wilson.
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Royal Navy Submarine Prints.
Secret Operation by Robert Taylor.

The Malta Station by Robert Barbour.
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Pearl Harbor US Navy Prints by Robert Taylor and Randall Wilson.
The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor.

Aloha Hawaii by Randall Wilson.
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Swordfish Attack on the Bismarck Naval Art Prints by Stan Stokes and Ivan Berryman.

Sink the Bismarck by Stan Stokes. (B)

Bismarck by Ivan Berryman (B)
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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)

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The British Grand Fleet had been virtually unopposed for nearly a century but now there was a challenge to the throne: the German Navy. Although smaller, it had caught up fast and by the time of Jutland, had some telling advantages over the British Fleet. the plan for the battle was to lure the British Grand Fleet into a lethal trap in German waters. In the event although desperately fought by both sides, the battle was a stale mate. the confused conflict was hampered on both sides by bad luck, bad weather and poor communications. at the end of the battle, the Royal navy had suffered higher losses in men and ships, but the German fleet never ventured out of harbour to seek battle again.

The Battle of Jutland, HMS Royal Oak by Anthony Saunders
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USS New Jersey seen battling her way through a Hurricane in 1944.

USS New Jersey, batten down the Hatches by Randall Wilson (GS)
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GITW1861GL. Review of the Fleet at Spithead by H. M Queen Victoria by A W Fowles.

Review of the Fleet at Spithead by H. M Queen Victoria by A W Fowles. (GL)
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 HMS King George V and HMS Rodney chase down the crippled German battleship, Bismarck, and within hours they will go into action.

The Chase, 27th May 1941 by Randall Wilson (GL)
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 Cutty Sark and Thermopylae racing each other home in 1872.  Cutty Sark is nearest with her sails backlit against the low sun and her great rival Thermopylae in the distance.

Cutty Sark and Thermopylae by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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  Depicting the short S45 Solent 2 G-AHIS (Scapa), BOAC Flying Boat, passing over the Queen Elizabeth on Southampton Water, Late 1940s

The Golden Age by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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HMS Duke of York keeping station on the starboard bow of HMS Intrepid, as air defence ship.

HMS Duke of York by Randall Wilson (GS)
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The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on a calm, almost windless day, on 21st October 1805.  Nelsons revolutionary battle plan was to cut apart the larger Franco-Spanish fleet of Vice-Admiral Villeneuve by sailing in two single column divisions directly at right angles into the combined fleet and thus rendering almost half of the leading ships useless until the could turn and join the fight, which in such calm conditions could take hours.  The battle raged for five hours in which time not one British ship was lost, however, Nelson would tragically lose his life at the very moment of his triumph, a triumph which rendered the British Navy unchallenged in supremacy for over a century.  Here HMS Mars passes between the French ship Belleisle on her starboard and the French ship Fougeux on her port, firing a murderous hail of gunfire at both ships.  Also shown in the painting on the left hand side is the Spanish ship Monarco and the French ship Pluton.

The Battle of Trafalgar - Mars Breaks the Line by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
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HMS Orion

Launched : 20th August 1910
HMS Orion was built at Portsmouth naval Dockyard and laid down on the 29th November 1909 and launched 20th August 1910. commissioned in January 1912 becoming flagship of rear Admiral of the 2nd battle squadron of the home Fleet. She was damaged in a collision with HMS revenge, which had broken her moorings and drifted across her bows. On the outbreak of world war one she joined the grand Fleet along with the 2nd battle squadron. taking part in the Battle of Jutland as the flagship of rear Admiral A C Leveson. receiving no casualties during the battle. After the war she served with the Atlantic fleet but was discarded under the terms of the Washington Treaty. Displacement 22,600 tons Speed 21.0 knots Compliment 750 and up to 1,100 during wartime. Armament: Ten 13.5-inch guns in pairs. and sixteen 4 -inch guns One 3 inch Anti Aircraft Gun before 1917 thereafter one 4-inch anti aircraft gun was added.

Scrapped 19th December 1922.





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Vice-Admiral Sir John Roxburgh KCB CBE DSO DSC

When he took command of the submarine P 44, later to be named United, in December 1942, aged 23, Roxburgh was the youngest submarine commander in the Royal Navy. In 10 months he sent 21,000 tons of enemy ships to the bottom and damaged a further 12,000 tons, a remarkable achievement even for one of the extraordinary Fighting Tenth Flotilla based on Malta. On several occasions he came close to losing his boat in his many contacts with the enemy but survived to pursue a distinguished career in the Royal Navy including a period as Flag Officer Submarines. He was awarded a Bar to his DSC in 1945.

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On this day in naval history....

23 February

Found 93 matching entries.






23rdFebruary1891HMS BlakeAt Chatham preparing for recommissioning
23rdFebruary1910HMS BristolLaunched
23rdFebruary1911HMS CornwallArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1913HMS Duke of EdinburghSailed Alexandretta for Beirut
23rdFebruary1921HMS CurlewSailed Shaghai for Hong Kong
23rdFebruary1921HMS CaledonSailed Falmouth for Mounts Bay
23rdFebruary1921HMS CordeliaSailed Falmouth for Mounts Bay
23rdFebruary1921HMS InconstantArrived Pembroke
23rdFebruary1921HMS LowestoftSailed Algoa Bay for Mossel Bay
23rdFebruary1921HMS CrocusArrived Malta
23rdFebruary1921HMS CarnationArrived Malta
23rdFebruary1921HMS L22Arrived Pembroke
23rdFebruary1922HMS LaburnumArrived Brisbane
23rdFebruary1926HMS LondonLaid down at Portsmouth Dockyard
23rdFebruary1928HMS CumberlandCommissioned
23rdFebruary1932HMS BidefordCommissioned
23rdFebruary1933HMS DanaeArrived Vera Cruz
23rdFebruary1933HMS ExeterArrived Falkland Islands
23rdFebruary1934HMS EagleSailed Penang for Singapore
23rdFebruary1934HMS AlectoArrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS DauntlessArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS DauntlessArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS H34Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L19Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L23Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L27Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L54Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L56Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L69Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L71Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L18Arrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS L22Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS L53Arrived Portsmouth
23rdFebruary1934HMS LupinSailed Bombay for Muscat
23rdFebruary1934HMS HastingsArrived Port Said
23rdFebruary1934HMS, HMNZS LeanderArrived St. Kitts from Barbados
23rdFebruary1934HMS ExeterArrived Port Stanley
23rdFebruary1934HMS DevonshireArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS BarhamSailed Arosa Bay for Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS CourageousSailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS CourageousSailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1934HMS AchillesArrived St. Kitts from Barbados
23rdFebruary1935HMS FrobisherArrived St. Lucia
23rdFebruary1938HMS CumberlandCommissioned
23rdFebruary1940HMS ActiveArrived Gibraltar with steamer Maclaren
23rdFebruary1940HMS CossackSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
23rdFebruary1940HMS CardiffArrived Portland as Gunnery School Training Ship
23rdFebruary1940HMS DaintyArrived at Freetown.
23rdFebruary1940HMS DianaSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
23rdFebruary1940HMS EncounterExercised in the Firth of Forth.
23rdFebruary1940HMS ForesterRendezvoused HMS Mohawk which was escorting tanker Imperial Transport at Liverpool
23rdFebruary1940HMS ForesterSailed the Clyde
23rdFebruary1940HMS GallantAttacked U.61 east of Copinsay and inflicted some damage.
23rdFebruary1940HMS GriffinAttacked U.61 east of Copinsay and inflicted some damage.
23rdFebruary1940HMS ImperialSailed Methil escorting Convoy ON.15
23rdFebruary1940HMS JackalExercised in the Firth of Forth and then left as cover for a TM convoy.
23rdFebruary1940HMS JervisJoined Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS JervisSailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS JervisSailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.16
23rdFebruary1940HMS L23Sailed Rosyth for Blyth
23rdFebruary1940HMS BidefordAttacked a submarine contact WSW of Ushant
23rdFebruary1940HMS HastingsSailed Southend escorting Convoy FN.102
23rdFebruary1940HMS GrimsbyExercised in the Firth of Forth.
23rdFebruary1940HMS LondonderrySailed the Tyne escorting Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS LondonderrySailed Methil escorting Convoy MT.16
23rdFebruary1940HMS LondonderryJoined Convoy FS.103
23rdFebruary1940HMS BerwickSailed the Clyde for Scapa Flow.
23rdFebruary1942HMS BridgewaterCdr. (retired) Nelson Ward Hampton Weekes, RN Assumed Command
23rdFebruary1942HMS BridgewaterA/Cdr. (retired) Henry Fawcus Gerrans Leftwich, RN Relinquished Command
23rdFebruary1944HMS Loch ShinLaunched
23rdFebruary1944HMS Loch ShinPennant K421
23rdFebruary1944HMS CotswoldA/Lt.Cdr. John William Whittle, DSC, RNVR
23rdFebruary1945HMS Loch GlendhuCommissioned
23rdFebruary1945HMS Loch GlendhuCommissioned
23rdFebruary1946HMS HargoodReturned to the USN
23rdFebruary1951HMS GambiaArrived Gibraltar
23rdFebruary1956HMS Loch AlvieArrived Calicut
23rdFebruary1963HMS AlbionArrived Hong Kong
23rdFebruary1967HMS HermesFlyex off Malta
23rdFebruary1969HMS CavalierArrived Gibraltar to pay off and to be refitted
23rdFebruary1982HMS AmbuscadeSailed Gibraltar
23rdFebruary2001HMS GrimsbyGlasgow
23rdFebruary2001HMS CottesmoreBristol
23rdFebruary2001HMS GraftonIpswich
23rdFebruary2002HMS ChathamGibraltar
23rdFebruary2004HMS Ark RoyalPortsmouth
23rdFebruary2004HMS CardiffDevonport
23rdFebruary2004HMS InvinciblePortsmouth
23rdFebruary2005HMS CardiffPlymouth Sound
23rdFebruary2005HMS ArgyllPlymouth Sound
23rdFebruary2006HMS CornwallPlymouth Sound
23rdFebruary2007HMS BrocklesbyBremerhaven
23rdFebruary2007HMS IllustriousTorquay

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