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Post Number:#241  PostPosted: 13 Mar 2011 10:05 
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it's enough to give someone a headache.

Magenta: i see that the skipper is sounding his guns on it

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Post Number:#242  PostPosted: 15 Mar 2011 17:05 
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Another ship portrait by Kenneth D.Shoesmith, the ship depicted here has been torpdoed and ,mercifully ,did not sink. She is shown being towed to safety by two steam tugs.
The ship looks like the Royal Mail steamhip Demerara,Shoesmith was sailing with RMSP at the time and may have witnessed this rescue in May 1915. The Demara sailed on until 1933 when she was sold to a Japanese scrapyard. The U-Boat that attacked her was rammed ,and sunk, by a Royal Navy patrol boat in 1918,
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Post Number:#243  PostPosted: 18 Mar 2011 21:36 
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In Tonight's posting we have two photographs,both having the HMS Vamguard almost centre frame. In the first photograph we have the Royal Yacht cruising down past the naval dockyards, the Vanguard is moored alongside , and in the dockyard we can see Britains most famous warship,HMS Victory. It is noticeable that all three ships are dressed up for some kind of celebration. The second picture shows Vanguard grounded at the Point,in Old Portsmouth. Her sleek lines show that she was of a newer generation of battleship, she was the equal of anything afloat but did not see service until WW2 was ended. Her greatest moment came when she carried the Royal Family to South Africa in 1947.
The grounding incident happened as she made her way to the breakers,a sad end for a great,untested, ship,
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Post Number:#244  PostPosted: 23 Mar 2011 21:10 
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The Wittelsbach

This pre-dreadnought battleship was built in 1899 for the Imperial German Navy ,and to fulfil the dreams of Kaiser Wilhelm11 and Admiral Tirpitz,triggering a naval arms race between the great European powers. The Wittelsbach class were designed to fight in the North Sea,somewhere between Heligoland and the Thames Estuary. For a short while they were the acme of German Naval power,and then the British introduced the Dreadnought. This rendered these ships obsolete and the W class spent WW1 in port never firing a shot in anger .
This painting was done by Carl Saltzmann in 1900 and now hangs in the National Maritime Museum ,London,
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Post Number:#245  PostPosted: 25 Mar 2011 22:54 
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Hospital Ship WW1 Essequibo,allegedly
This is another ship portrait by Kenneth D.Shoesmith. She was built for the Royal Mail Line in 1915, and was swiftly commissioned by the Admiralty as a hospital ship ,a position she served in for the entire duration of the war. In 1917 she was stopped by a U-boat ,which sent a crew aboard her to ascertain she was indeed a hospital ship. She was allowed to proceed and reverted to the Royal Mail in 1919. She continued on the South American service until she was sold to the Russians in 1935. Once again we have to thank Glyn L. Evans for putting together such a wonderful collection,
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Post Number:#246  PostPosted: 26 Mar 2011 09:24 
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is there any name for this ship?



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Post Number:#247  PostPosted: 26 Mar 2011 13:41 
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Oops Tom,it was the Essequibo,allegedly,
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Post Number:#248  PostPosted: 27 Mar 2011 20:13 
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The Gjoa
The famed Norwegian Polar explorer Roald Amundsen was in command of this sturdy little vessel as he made the first transit of the notorious Northwest Passage. His voyage began in June 1903 and they spent two years taking magnetic observations in Lancaster Sound and King Edward Island. By August 1905 they were free of ice and continued west along continental Canada and wintered in off King Point in Alaska. He then made an overland trek on skis to the nearest setlement ,which was 500 hundred miles away. There, Eagle, he was able to telegraph the world of his great success. Amundsen then sailed her down to San Francisco ,where she remained until 1974 when she was fully restored to seaworthiness and sailed back to Oslo ,where she is housed in the National Maritime Museum.
The portait is by Lauritz Haaland.
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Post Number:#249  PostPosted: 29 Mar 2011 22:00 
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HMS Edinburgh
In 1885 Queen Victoria celebrated her golden jubilee with a suitably impressive Naval Review at Spithead, and amidst a fleet ofsample vessels that contained every type of warship since Warrior,the brand new battleship Edinburgh offered both a glimpse of the future,and a last hurrah for a lost age. She combined three major firsts for a British battleship;the first to use steel for the hull,the first with heavy breech loaders,in this case 12 inch rifled guns,and the first use of compound,rather than simple wrought iron armour.
However her low freeboard and en echelon-arrangement for her two heavy turrets was utterly useless for naval combat.Her true functionwas coastal bombardment. While her new technologies would revolutionise warships,her design was a dead end,
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This painting was the work of Eduardo de Martino c1887 and hangs in the National Maritime Museum
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Post Number:#250  PostPosted: 30 Mar 2011 21:49 
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Dreadnought 1906
This was the warship which changed naval design for battleships in navies the world over. It was the brainchild of British admiral Jackie Fisher, the advances in naval technology were so profound all subsequent ships were known "dreadnoughts" and earlier battleships as "pre-dreadnoughts." Her building caused a major surge in the arms race between the great powers leading to each major navy building their own "dreadnoughts" to maintain the balance of power. You may note that the postcard is German, they made the building of like warships their greatest priority.

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Post Number:#251  PostPosted: 13 Apr 2011 21:44 
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HMS Maine

This is another fine study by Kenneth D.Shoesmith, there is very little information about this painting other than it is a Thameside study and the ship at anchor is HMS Maine ,a hospital ship. Nevertheless it is a stirring portrait and the ship has an unusual flag array;we can see the Blue Ensign flying at her stern ,and on her main mast we can see the Union Flag,but the Stars and Stripes fly on her after mast and she is in British waters. Brian Aspinall opines that it may because she is carrying American wounded from the trenches.The picture was done in late WW1,so he could be right,
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Post Number:#252  PostPosted: 15 Apr 2011 22:19 
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Victoria & Albert
Kenneth D. Shoesmith,being a mariner himself, was more than familiar with the lines and angles of a ship, he did many study's stern on which seemed to draw the viewer into the picture. In this picture he portrays the Royal yacht,Victoria & Albert off the Isle of Wight for Cowes week,this was done for Royal Mail calender sometime in the '20's
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Post Number:#253  PostPosted: 16 Apr 2011 07:06 
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and a very distinctive 1920's picture too



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Post Number:#254  PostPosted: 17 Apr 2011 22:17 
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The Royal Yacht V & A



Victoria & Albert
This is another classic Kenneth D. Shoesmith portrait,again it is of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert,but this time it was not for a company brochure but to commemorate a special occassion. The Victoria and Albert was carrying their majesties King George V and Queen Mary from Holyhead to Belfast for the opening of the First Session of the Parliament of Northern Ireland in June 1921. The yacht is pictured passing the Harland and Wolff shipyard and we can see in the distance the proud dome of Belfast town hall.
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Post Number:#255  PostPosted: 19 Apr 2011 21:20 
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This study is simply titled "Wartime Traffic on the Thames",the painting is far from simple.The artist,John Platt,has evoked a scene that took place during the bombing of Surrey Commercial Docks.We can see the warehouses in the background still smouldering from the previous nights bombing and the reddish light illuminating the river and vessels is from the blazes that are still burning from this evenings blitz, We can see the naval vessels heading upstream towards the inferno ,whilst the barges and lighters are fleeing the flames.You will note that the MTB has its mast lowered so that she can negotiate the low bridges on the upper Thames,
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Post Number:#256  PostPosted: 25 Apr 2011 22:54 
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Here are two posters that were designed by Kenneth D. Shoesmith for the grandly named Empire Marketing Board,an organisation that was created for the fostering of trade within the British Empire. It was set up in 1926 and abolished in 1936,and within that short time span the agency used some of the leading artist's of that time to create more 700 posters that were great works of art.The first poster shows the Sinhalese wharfies in Colombo0loading cargo bound for London, while the second posters shows us the Chinese talleyman checking the bales as they are toted to the quayside in Penang,in both posters you will note that the cargo bears the logo EMB. I have a few more which I shall post here soon,
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Post Number:#257  PostPosted: 29 Apr 2011 22:22 
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Kenneth D. Shoesmith

This is the cover of a book by an American author Bernard Levine,who,like Glyn L.Evans,was a keen admirer of the works of Shoesmith.The earlier vessel shown could be the Trent,or the Clyde,both wooden walled paddle steamers which were built to maintain the Trans-Atlantic mail service. The later vessel is the Ohio,she was originally called the Munchen and was built for the North German Lloyd line. Work on her commenced just before the outbreak of WW1 and and she was not completed until 1920.She was transferred to British ownership under the war reparations agreement and commenced service with Royal Mail in 1923.
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Post Number:#258  PostPosted: 30 Apr 2011 22:55 
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The Ohio ex Munchen

Here is a full ship portrait of the Royal Mail Steamship Ohio,again it is by Kenneth D. Shoesmith,and we have her specifications this time. She was a twin screw of 18,490 tons,her quadruple expansion engines gave her a speed of 17 knots,enabling her to cross from Southampton to New York in eight days.She carried 229 1st,523 2nd and 690 3rd class passengers. The vessel in the foreground is the Bolivar,but we have no information on her,could she be a pilot vessel?
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Post Number:#259  PostPosted: 01 May 2011 22:02 
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Anzac

This is a masterful painting by Charles Dixon,in which he has recreated the action at V Beach ,Cape Helles,Gallipoli in 1916. The 4000tonne SS River Clyde,an old collier is beached,having carried over 2000 soldiers,mainly from the Royak Munster Fusiliers,2nd Division and the Hampshire Regiment. The ominous Fort Sedd el Barr,meaning "Key to the Sea" overlooks the scene. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1916 and was described by many who had taken part in the action as an accurate depiction of the landing.It is a huge canvas measuring 35 x 71.5". Take your time looking at it, the horror of it all is real,
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Post Number:#260  PostPosted: 04 May 2011 06:57 
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you can almost smell that scene



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