Category: Gallery

Gallery: HMS Hood

Even though HMS Hood images are difficult to obtain on Ebay I managed to buy a few good examples. Nothing really new, but still nice.

1932 (HMS Renown in the background)

1932 (HMS Renown in the background)


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

This shot was quite interesting because it shows so much variation in contrast of the ship; certainly not a single tone.

1939. A superb shot of the port side; I reduced this one to 1920×1080 pixels as my usual 1200×900 doesn’t do it justice.

1939. I think this is the nicest photo postcard I ever bought; the original photograph is sharp at 6000 x 3000 pixels and it shows the entire ship in beautiful detail. Also uploaded in HD format.

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 that makes we wonder if the deck colour isn’t the same as the main colour, i.e., AP507B.

Gallery: HMS Rodney’s secondary armament

Here’s a collection of images of the secondary guns of HMS Rodney. I was fortunate in picking up a second album of HMS Rodney with photographs taken with the spring cruise of 1935 and the fleet review of 1936. I added the approximate years and mixed the photographs below a bit. The second album had normal postcard-sized images and isn’t of the same quality of the first album but still very much worthwhile to show.

I just missed out a third album that would have complemented a nice series of HMS Rodney refueling a destroyer at sea, but it had many duplicate shots and had to let it go.



1935-1936. A gunnery target with HMS Hood in the background.






1936. Night exercise off Invergordon. Image appeared in the Times, 3rd of October 1936.

Gallery: HMS Rodney visits Oslo

This series of images was one of the more rewarding of date and place. The second image shows the building at right showing the Norwegian flag, but I could only be sure after I identified the building itself; this is the Dronningen restaurant in Oslo. I even found one shot of HMS Rodney in the Norwegian archives here taken on the 21st of June 1937 (Ballantynes books puts Rodney in Olso in July but the ship logs state the 21st to the 30th of June 1937). There is a small fair in the background, the Vi Kan Utstillingen, at left matching the location with the restaurant perfectly. Now, if this is a visit to Norway, than the third image shows King Haakon VII walking the deck with Admiral Backhouse, with Maud van Saksen-Coburg en Gotha between them in the sixth image. King Haakon VII has the same rank on his sleeves as the Admiral as he is an admiral in the Royal Navy, but usually wears the ranks of Admiral for the Royal Norwegian Navy (Link)

HMS Rodney showing her dress flags; the Olso city hall (rådhus) under construction is visible in the background. Note that the ship’s badge as visible on the tampions is also fitted to the rangefinder covers of A & B turrets; Nelson also had her badge in the same position.

This image shows Admiral Backhouse (presumably) on the bow of the Norwegian Royal barge Stjernen I.

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