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QUEEN VICTORIA'S NAVY

a photographic tour of the pride of the Royal Navy from 1867 to 1897

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Steve Johnson is a 1997 Devon Heritage Award Winner for excellence in outreach education.

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These images below on hyperlinks have been taken from late 19th century editions of "The Navy and Army Illustrated" especially the issue of 25th June 1897 entitled "The Queen's Navy." I owe many thanks for the kind support to the local studies and Naval History section of Plymouth Central Library. Enjoy these images and remember that this is when Britannia did truly rule the waves!

The quality varies, the early ones being less good than the later ones, due no doubt to advances in photography. Some of the 1887-1897 ones are truly superb. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy but it has been noted that sometimes an original is captioned wrongly....so it is easy to make a mistake, however, I hope I have not. So off we go.....away the lads.........

1857-1867

HM STEAM FRIGATE LIVERPOOL at Plymouth

HM STEAM FRIGATE DORIS AT Plymouth

HM STEAM FRIGATE VALOROUS

HM LINE OF BATTLE STEAM SHIP REVENGE at Plymouth

HM STEAM CORVETTE CADEMUS

HM SURVEYING VESSEL NASSAU

HM STEAM SLOOP PETEREL

HM GUN VESSEL CYGNET at Plymouth

 


1867-1877

HMS WARRIOR at Plymouth

HMS ACHILLES at Plymouth

HMS CALEDONIA at Plymouth

HMS LORD WARDEN

HMS PRINCE ALBERT at Plymouth

HMS VALIANT

HMS PALLAS at Plymouth

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN at Plymouth

 


1877-1887

HMS DREADNOUGHT

HMS INFLEXIBLE

HMS PENELOPE

HMS ALEXANDRA at Plymouth

HM IRON CORVETTE BACCHANTE

HM STEAM DESPATCH VESSEL MERCURY

HM COMPOSITE CORVETTE OPAL and COMPOSITE SLOOP FANTOME

HM COMPOSITE GUN VESSEL TEAZER


1887-1897.....some High Quality

HMS LINE OF BATTLE SHIP BENBOW

HM LINE OF BATTLE SHIP PRINCE GEORGE

HM FIRST CLASS CRUISER TALBOT

HM FIRST CLASS CRUISER CRESCENT

HM FIRST CLASS CRUISER MARS

HM SECOND CLASS CRUISER LEANDER

HM FIRST CLASS CRUISER BLAKE

HM THIRD CLASS CRUISER PELORUS

HM SECOND CLASS CRUISER BRILLIANT

HM SECOND CLASS CRUISER MINERVA

HM SECOND CLASS CRUISER BONAVENTURE at Plymouth

1887-1897, TYPES OF TORPEDO CRAFT

HM TORPEDO BOAT-DESTROYER HUNTER

HM TORPEDO BOAT-DESTROYER RANGER

HM TORPEDO BOAT-DESTROYER OPOSSUM at Plymouth

HM FIRST CLASS GUN-BOAT SPEEDY at Plymouth

HM TORPEDO BOAT no.95

TORPEDO GUN-BOAT and TORPEDO BOATS


Gallery of high quality photos of late 19th century vessels, mostly 1896-97

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

HMS POWERFUL

HMS HAVOCK

HMS CENTURION

HMS REVENGE 14,000 tons, 380ft.long, 75ft. beam, 18inchs armour.......

HMS HOOD

HMS GALATEA

HMS RETRIBUTION

HMS MERSEY

HMS CRESCENT

HMS ORLANDO

HMS AUSTRALIA

HMS ROYAL ARTHUR

HMS NILE

HMS "SANS PAREIL"

HMS EDINBURGH

HMS THUNDERER

HMS ALEXANDRA

HMS BARFLEUR

HMS MELAMPUS

HMS DEVASTION

HMS WARSPITE

HMS INFLEXIBLE

HMS ANSON

HMS EMPRESS OF INDIA in dry dock at Chatham Dockyard

HMS MAGNIFICIENT in dock showing stern walkway

HMS MAJESTIC

HMS BELLONA

HMS LAPWING

HM TORPEDO BOAT no. 75

HMS HERMIONE

HM TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER DARING

HMS HALCYON

HMS CHARYBDIS

HMS THESEUS

HMS BLAKE

HMS TRAFALGAR

HMS BLENHEIM

HMS GIBRALTAR

HMS RESOLUTION

HMS ROYAL OAK

HMS EMPRESS OF INDIA

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN

HMS St. GEORGE

HMS RAMILLIES

HMS MAJESTIC

HMS GOLIATH

HM GUN-BOAT MELIK

HM GUN-BOAT SULTAN

HM GUN-BOAT HERON

HMS JUPITER

HM TORPEDO GUN-BOAT SPANKER

 


ROYAL YACHTS

R.Y. VICTORIA AND ALBERT

R.Y. OSBORNE

R.Y. ALBERTA

R.Y. ROYAL GEORGE


ODDS AND ENDS: INTERESTING BITS AND BOBS

"REPEL BOARDERS!!!!"

ELSWICK 6pr. GUN

ELSWICK 12pr. GUN

ELSWICK 6inch GUN

ELSWICK 4.7inch Q.F. GUN (Quick-Fire)

TORPEDO NETS: these were hung over the side of ships in an attempt to protect them against torpedo attack, from the new and very popular small and fast surface torpedo boats. However a very simple but amazingly risky technique was devised to overcome this protection. This was a specialist vessel known as an "outrigger spar torpedo boat". The idea was very simple, merely approach the enemy ship hiding behind a curtain of anti-torpedo nets, and at the correct instant, when virtually alongside the enemy, ..do an "up and over" of a long pole ..a spar....about 12 yards, 36 feet long....that has a explosive 35lb. gun cotton charge on the end...........that is the spar is over the top of the nets, then slid under the water to about 10 feet to virtually touch the enemy ship`s hull, and then detonate the charge...with you about 25 feet away...the safe distance!!! During all this the crew of the attacking boat will be hiding from incoming enemy fire in a small metal conning tower that protects against some small arms fire, and the big blast of the 35lb. gun cotton charge....UNBELIEVABLE!! Surely these men had nerves of steel.

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