Author: efoeth

40 ft Royal Barge

For my list of ‘false positives’, this is 40ft Royal Barge built by Vospers running trials at Portsmouth (1938). This 24 knots craft served as a tender for the Royal yacht Victoria and Albert. This craft has been spotted aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia as well but appears to have been replaced by another 40ft craft.

Cane, du, P., High-speed small craft, 1964, Temple Press Books.

THE KING WITH THE INVASION FLEET. 24 MAY 1944, HMS BULOLO, AT BEAULIEU ROADS. THE KING VISITED MEN OF THE INVASION FLEET ON BOARD THE HEADQUARTERS SHIP HMS BULOLO.
THE KING WITH THE INVASION FLEET. 24 MAY 1944, HMS BULOLO, AT BEAULIEU ROADS. THE KING VISITED MEN OF THE INVASION FLEET ON BOARD THE HEADQUARTERS SHIP HMS BULOLO. © IWM (A 23599)

45 ft Motor Launch

There are two types of this launch, this standard version and a lighter version. Drawings of the standard type have not yet been located.

John Roberts states that “42ft motor launch was similar but had only a single rubber, like the 42ft sailing launch from which it was derived. The rubber or rubbing strake is the line at the outside of the hull running the entire length, either a timber of rope. I use Robert’s information to classify all large launches as either 42 or 45 ft.

It appears this boat was only carried by a handful battleships and battlecruisers prior to modernization. Hood’s motor launch also carried a small cabin and its interior appears largely the same as the 42ft launch,

(Presumably) a 45ft motor launch next to a steam picket.


RN Communications Branch Museum/Library, Godfrey Dykes photographic collection. Image of a diver (plus equipment) working from the 45ft motor launch.

WITH THE ROYAL MARINES ASHORE AND AFLOAT. 1940, ON BOARD HMS RODNEY AND ASHORE. THE VARIOUS TASKS PERFORMED BY THE ROYAL MARINES. WITH THE ROYAL MARINES ASHORE AND AFLOAT. 1940, ON BOARD HMS RODNEY AND ASHORE. THE VARIOUS TASKS PERFORMED BY THE ROYAL MARINES. © IWM (A 129)

WITH THE ROYAL MARINES ASHORE AND AFLOAT. 1940, ON BOARD HMS RODNEY AND ASHORE. THE VARIOUS TASKS PERFORMED BY THE ROYAL MARINES. WITH THE ROYAL MARINES ASHORE AND AFLOAT. 1940, ON BOARD HMS RODNEY AND ASHORE. THE VARIOUS TASKS PERFORMED BY THE ROYAL MARINES. © IWM (A 130)

ON BOARD THE BATTLESHIP HMS RODNEY. OCTOBER 1940, SCENES IN THE DAILY ROUTINE OF THE BATTLESHIP. ON BOARD THE BATTLESHIP HMS RODNEY. OCTOBER 1940, SCENES IN THE DAILY ROUTINE OF THE BATTLESHIP. © IWM (A 1425)

ON BOARD A BATTLESHIP. 1940, ON BOARD THE BATTLESHIP HMS REVENGE. ON BOARD A BATTLESHIP. 1940, ON BOARD THE BATTLESHIP HMS REVENGE. © IWM (A 1519)

While not many details are visible, HMS Revenge has a main mast with a large derrick and no need for the light type; I suspect this is the standard type.

Assorted pics of HMS Hood

Random collection of images bought over the years; copy of a previous post with all images now at high resolution plus a few new ones.


1932 (HMS Renown in the background)


1932 (HMS Renown in the background)


1932



Not dated, but the aircraft equipment was only present from 1929 to 1933.


October 1936


1939. I think this is the nicest photo postcard I ever bought.


1939

Image appears to be taken moments before the previous shot (Note crew on B-turret and near the whalers).


1940. Footage from 1940-1941 showing anything in detail is really rare. This one show the aft disinfector house between the forward searchlights and is a typical example of the crew paradox: the shot was taken to capture people living and working aboard HMS Hood, but they are also blocking the view to the ship.


1940. A well-known shot of the main deck; we now know Semtex was applied on the ‘wings’ of the boat deck explaining its light one.

HMS Warspite at Prussia Cove

Following my earlier post of Warspite (1937), a series of images of Warspite after decommissioning and running aground at Prussia Cove. Finding new images is quite difficult and auction prices go up really quickly, but I hope to add more.

Update: 27/11/22 Image #5, marked buoy picture.
Update: 22/03/24 Image #6, port side shot (unsharp, might be nice for reference).
Update: 23/05/24 Image #7

There’s a small line running from the bridge towards A-turret carrying a marker ball. I always remove blemishes from scans and one may inadvertently remove something in error; the postcard above was damaged at the precise location of the ball; the line remains visible and the ball is still there.

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