HMS Belfast C35

HMS Belfast One of 2 Edinburgh subclass of Town class cruisers built by the Royal Navy between 1934-1936. The Edinburgh class differed from the standard Town class in overall length, 614ft instead of 592ft. This was to allow the fitting of four quad 6 inch turrets but this was never taken further due to technicalContinue reading “HMS Belfast C35”

Chatham Historic DockYard

On a rather chilly day in February I finally head down to Chatham to visit the historic dockyard base in part of the old naval dockyard which used to be one of the major dockyards used by the Royal Navy for over 400 years. Having read a fair bit about the dockyard and some ofContinue reading “Chatham Historic DockYard”

HMS Hood

HMS Hood “With Favourable Winds” One of four Admiral class battlecruisers ordered by the Royal Navy in 1916. Her design was altered and improved due to lessons learnt after the naval battle at Jutland and these were easily built into Hood as she was in the early stages of being built. Other limitations with theContinue reading “HMS Hood”

HMS Ocelot S17

Oberon-class submarine Built in Chatham in 1960, one of 27 O-class to be built for the Royal Navy. They were also produced for four other Navies. With the same basic design as the Porpoise class submarine that was superseded by this class, the only difference being updated internal equipment and a stronger hull for increasedContinue reading “HMS Ocelot S17”

The Royal Navy’s last Battleship

HMS Vanguard Vanguard was laid down as a “one off” hull to use the 15 inch turrets and guns that had been build for HMS Courageous and Glorious during WW1. Both of these battlecruisers were converted to aircraft carriers during the 1920’s. Vanguard was a modified Lion class battleship that was designed as a fastContinue reading “The Royal Navy’s last Battleship”

HMS Cavalier

HMS Cavalier (R73) Laid down- 1943 Launched- 1944 Commissioned- 1944 Displacement- 2,520 tons fully loaded Length – 363 feet Beam – 35.75ft Draught – 14.5ft fully loaded Speed- 37 knots Range- 1,400 nautical miles at 32 knots Armament: 3x Quick firing 4.5 inch guns 2x 40mm Bofors guns 4x Anti aircraft guns single mounted 40mmContinue reading “HMS Cavalier”

HMS Victory

HMS Victory 104 gun first rate ship of the line     Ordered- 1758 Laid Down-1759 Launched-1765 Commissioned- 1778 Displacement- 3,500 tonnes Length- 227 ft 6 inches Propulsion- 6,510sq yards of Sail Max speed- 11 knots (20km/h) Crew- 850 Current Status- Active   In 1758 the British Government placed an order for 12 new ships. ThisContinue reading “HMS Victory”