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The Photographic Collection of the Royal Naval Museum covers the period from the beginnings of photography in the 1850s to the present day. It consists mainly of prints and albums and covers a broad range of naval topics including; naval biography, ship portraits, non-naval vessels, shore bases, naval operations and social history.
Copies of most of the prints can be made available to order.
There is a reproduction fee for those wishing to make use of images in publications of a commercial nature.
HMS King Edward VII (1903)
The name-ship of a class of eight battleships introducing an intermediate gun battery of four 9.2 inch guns, in addition to the four 12 inch and ten 6 inch.
They were very manoeuvrable, but difficult to keep on a straight course earning them the nickname "the wobbly eight".
King Edward VII was mined and sunk off Cape Wrath on 6th January 1916
HMS King George V (1939)
A new class of battleships was commenced in 1937. They corresponded to restrictions imposed by the London Naval Treaty, limiting displacement to 35,000 tons, and main armament to 14-inch guns.
King George V was the flagship of the Home Fleet in 1940, and was involved in the action that led to the sinking the German battleship Bismarck. She served throughout WWII, and was scrapped in 1957.
The Wright and Logan Photographic Collection
HMS Shah (1873)
HMS Shah was an unarmoured iron hulled frigate. She fought an inconclusive battle against the Peruvian ironclad Huascar, during which the Shah fired the first locomotive torpedo to be used in anger resulting in a miss.
She is seen here in her early days at anchor in Portsmouth Harbour. The quarry, a noticeable feature of this viewpoint today, can be seen on Portsdown Hill in the distance.
HMS Dolphin (1882)
A composite screw sloop, HMS Dolphin was constructed using a wooden hull built onto iron frames. She was designed as a cruising vessel, and is seen here in full sail, passing a second class cruiser of the Eclipse class of 1894.
She later gave her name to the submarine base at Gosport when she became an accommodation hulk for submarines in 1907.
For more information please contact :
Curator of Photographs
Royal Naval Museum
HM Naval Base (PP66)
Telephone : 023 9272 7578 | Fax : 023 9272 7575
Outside UK - Telephone : 44 23 9272 7578 | Fax : 44 23 9272 7562
Created on the 25 June 1999
Last modified 28 April 2001