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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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 The surviving soldiers mustered and awaited their officers' orders. Salmond ordered Colonel Seton to send men to the chain pumps; sixty were directed to this task, sixty more were assigned to the tackles of the lifeboats, and the rest were assembled on the poop deck in order to raise the forward part of the ship.  The women and children were placed in the ship's cutter, which lay alongside. Two other boats were manned, but one was immediately swamped and the other could not be launched due to poor maintenance and paint on the winches, leaving only three boats available. The two large boats, with capacities of 150 men each, were not among them.The surviving officers and men assembled on deck, where Lieutenant-Colonel Seton of the 74th Foot took charge of all military personnel and stressed the necessity of maintaining order and discipline to his officers. As a survivor later recounted: 'Almost everybody kept silent, indeed nothing was heard, but the kicking of the horses and the orders of Salmond, all given in a clear firm voice.' Ten minutes after the first impact, the engines still turning astern, the ship struck again beneath the engine room, tearing open her bottom. She instantly broke in two just aft of the mainmast. The funnel went over the side and the forepart of the ship sank at once. The stern section, now crowded with men, floated for a few minutes before sinking.Just before she sank, Salmond called out that 'all those who can swim jump overboard, and make for the boats'. Colonel Seton, however, recognising that rushing the lifeboats would risk swamping them and endangering the women and children, ordered the men to stand fast, and only three men made the attempt. The cavalry horses were freed and driven into the sea in the hope that they might be able to swim ashore.The soldiers did not move, even as the ship broke up barely 20 minutes after striking the rock. Some of the soldiers managed to swim the 2 miles (3.2 km) to shore over the next 12 hours, often hanging on to pieces of the wreck to stay afloat, but most drowned, died of exposure, or were killed by sharks.<br><br><i>'I remained on the wreck until she went down; the suction took me down some way, and a man got hold of my leg, but I managed to kick him off and came up and struck out for some pieces of wood that were on the water and started for land, about two miles off. I was in the water about five hours, as the shore was so rocky and the surf ran so high that a great many were lost trying to land. Nearly all those that took to the water without their clothes on were taken by sharks; hundreds of them were all round us, and I saw men taken by them close to me, but as I was dressed (having on a flannel shirt and trousers) they preferred the others. I was not in the least hurt, and am happy to say, kept my head clear; most of the officers lost their lives from losing their presence of mind and trying to take money with them, and from not throwing off their coats.'</i><br>- Letter from Lieutenant J.F. Girardot, 43rd Light Infantry, to his father, 1 March 1852<br><br>The sinking of the Birkenhead is the earliest maritime disaster evacuation during which the concept of 'women and children first' is known to have been applied. 'Women and children first' subsequently became standard procedure in relation to the evacuation of sinking ships, both in fiction and in real life. The synonymous 'Birkenhead drill' became an exemplar of courageous behaviour in hopeless circumstances, and appeared in Rudyard Kipling's 1893 tribute to the Royal Marines, 'Soldier an' Sailor Too':<br><br><i>To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,<br>Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;<br>But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,<br>An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!<br>Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you;<br>Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw,<br>So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too</i>

The Wreck of the Birkenhead 1852 by Charles Dixon. (B)
 The mainstay of the Royal Navy's Coastal Forces fleet from 1941, the 72-foot Vosper MTBs were among the fastest and most successful ever built. With their three Packard 1400hp engines and bigger fuel tanks, these boats could reach speeds of up to 39 knots with a maximum range of 400 miles. Armament varied from boat to boat, but those depicted are fitted with the standard 21-inch torpedo tubes and a twin .5 inch MkV Vickers machine gun mounting. Crew was typically two officers and eleven ratings.

On the Step by Ivan Berryman.
 In January 1941, the young Mario Arillo was appointed the rank of Lieutenant Commander, placed in charge of the Regia Marina's submarine <i>Ambra</i> and was dispatched to the Mediterranean to help disrupt supplies to the Allied forces.  In May of that same year, Arillo attacked the British Dido Class Cruiser <i>HMS Bonaventure</i>, and Destroyers <i>HMS Hereward</i> and <i>HMS Stuart</i>, south of Crete, en route from Alexandria, the cruiser <i>Bonaventure</i> being sunk with great loss of life.  The <i>Ambra</i> is depicted here in a calmer moment, two of her crew scanning the horizon for 'business'.

Hunter's Dusk by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Under the command of Gianfranco Gazzana-Priaroggia, the Regia Marina submarine Leonardo da Vinci was to become the most successful non-German submarine of World War Two.  On 21st April 1943, she encountered the liberty ship SS John Drayton which was returning, unladen, to Capetown from Bahrain and put two torpedoes into her before surfacing to finish her off with shells.  The deadly reign of terror wrought by the combination of Gazzana-Priaroggia and his submarine came to an end just one month later when the Leonardo da Vinci was sunk by HMS Active and HMS Ness off Cape Finistere.

Scourge of the Deep - Leonardo da Vinci by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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 Spearheading the Falklands Task Force as it heads south in 1982, the carrier HMS Hermes is shown in company with two Type 21 frigates, HMS Arrow on the left and HMS Ardent in the near foreground.  In the far distance, HMS Glamorgan glints in the sun as Type 42 HMS Sheffield cuts across behind Hermes.

HMS Hermes by Ivan Berryman.
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HMS Ark Royal after a recent refit, rejoins the fleet in 2001.

HMS Ark Royal by Ivan Berryman.
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By June 1944 the US Fleet had made a huge leap across the Pacific to the Marianas, a small group of Japanese held islands of which Saipan would prove the most difficult to overcome. The landing were supported by the US 5th Fleet, which included USS North Carolina together with an increasingly powerful armada of battle hardened warships.

USS North Carolina, Saipan Bound by Anthony Saunders (GS)
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 CVN78 Steams at full power on her 1st deployment.

USS Ronald Reagan by Randall Wilson (P)
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 Launched in January 1915, the Revenge-class battleship HMS Resolution was to enjoy a 33 year career during which she served in the Atlantic, home and Eastern Fleets as well as serving repeated spells in the Mediterranean, being both bombed and torpedoed along the way. She is depicted off Gibraltar with HMS Wolverine, the destroyer perhaps best remembered for destroying the U-47 which sunk Resolutions sister ship Royal Oak in Scapa Flow.

HMS Resolution at Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 The destroyer HMS Kelly passes close to the battleship HMS Royal Sovereign as she escorts a convoy in the Mediterranean near Malta.

HMS Kelly passes HMS Royal Sovereign by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 English Fleet in the Harbour of Valetta circa 1820 depicting Royal Navy ships of the Line in Valetta Harbour.
English Fleet in the Harbour of Valetta, Malta by Schranz. (GL)
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Harriers prepare to enter the landing pattern as Invincible steams in company with HMS Bristol with dusk closing in on day.

HMS Invincible by Randall Wilson (GS)
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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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Alfred Eick (deceased)

Alfred Eick joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937, first serving on the destroyer Hermann Beitzen during the frist year of the war. In November 1940 he joined the u-boats, first sailing on two trips on U-176. He bacame commander of U-510 in May 1943, patrolling the Brazilian Waters on his first u-boat patrol. His second patrol was on U-510 as a Monson Boat which was a Wolfpack operating far away from Germany out of Japanese bases in Indonesia at Jakarta, Penang and Sebang. U-510 operated in the Indian Ocean until January 1945 when they were ordered back to Germany, taking with them important materials including tin. U-510 was re-supplied with fuel from U-861 but ran out of fuel in the North Atalnatic, finally managing to reach St Nazaire in April 1945. His awards were as follows: 12th Janaury 1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class, 1st August 1943, Iron Cross 1st Class, 16 March 1944 German Cross in Gold, 31st March 1944 Knights Cross. Alfred Eick died 12th April 2015.

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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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