HMS Rodney Royal Naval Battleship
shown in naval prints and naval art paintings by maritime artist Ivan
HMS Rodney. Built by Cammell Laid and launched on the 17th December
1925. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 7th December 1927. HMS
Rodney served with the home Fleet 1939 - 1942 with Force H in 1943 and the
Home Fleet 1943 to 1945. (being Flagship at Scapa Flow in 1944). HMS
Rodney took part in the sinking of the Bismarck on the 27th may 1941. But
the ship had major structural problems, and after the sinking of the
Bismarck went to Boston for repairs, during winter of 1941 to 1942. This
failed to rectify her problems. After the war she was put into reserve in
1945 and finally scrapped at Inverkeithing on the 26th March 1948.
Displacement 33,900 tons. Speed 23 Knots range (at 16
Knots 7,000 miles) Armament: Nine 16- inch guns in three turrets of three
guns. Twelve 6 - inch guns in pairs six 4.7 inch anti aircraft
guns in singles. Twenty four 2 pounder AA guns and twelve machine guns
(after 1944 this was changed to forty Four 2 pdr. AA Guns) Two
torpedo Tubes and two aircraft. Compliment 1330 to 1558
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HMS Rodney by Brian Wood.
Destruction of Bismarck complete, and desperately low on fuel, Rodney turns for home 27th May 1941.
Developed from the Supermarine Seagull, the Walrus was to prove itself a useful and capable workhorse in almost every theatre of the Second World War. Here, HMS Rodney despatches her Shagbat from the catapult atop C turret.
Item Code : B0015
Ships Company by Ivan Berryman - Editions Available
Nelson and Rodney 1927 - 1949. The Big Battleships by Neil McCart.
Born out of the post war restrictions imposed by the Washington Treaty, plans were drawn up for just two 33,000 ton battleships, which would be armed with nine 16-inch guns and which would be shortened versions of the four cancelled battlecruisers. So unique would be the design of the proposed new battleships that throughout their careers they would be instantly recognisable the world over. In honour of two famous Naval Admirals, they would be named Nelson and Rodney. This book details their career from builders yard to shipbreakers, drawing on first hand accounts and many previously unoublished photographs.
Item Code : BK9163
Nelson and Rodney 1927 - 1949. The Big Battleships by Neil McCart. - Editions Available