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"Fleet: A Journey through History and Adventure" Step into the world of fleet, where history comes alive with every stroke of a brush

Background imageFleet Collection: Fishing Pinks in Breaking Waves, c.1875-c.1885. Creator: Hendrik Willem Mesdag

Fishing Pinks in Breaking Waves, c.1875-c.1885. Creator: Hendrik Willem Mesdag
Fishing Pinks in Breaking Waves, c.1875-c.1885

Background imageFleet Collection: The Redoutable at Trafalgar, 21st October 1805 (oil on canvas)

The Redoutable at Trafalgar, 21st October 1805 (oil on canvas)
XIR162105 The Redoutable at Trafalgar, 21st October 1805 (oil on canvas) by Mayer, Auguste Etienne Francois (1805-90); Musee de la Marine, Paris

Background imageFleet Collection: The Battle of Trafalgar, (oil on canvas)

The Battle of Trafalgar, (oil on canvas)
824219 The Battle of Trafalgar, (oil on canvas) by English School, (19th century); 340.5x218.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Battle of Trafalgar. English School, 19th Century)

Background imageFleet Collection: Naval Battle 1782

Naval Battle 1782
Off St Lucia, West Indies, Rodney attacks de Grasses fleet and breaks the French line, resulting in a fine victory

Background imageFleet Collection: H. M. S. Warspite

H. M. S. Warspite
An overhead view of H.M.S.Warspite during the Battle of Cape Matapan. Warspite was a veteran British Queen Elizabeth class battleship which had taken part in the Battle of Jutland in World War I

Background imageFleet Collection: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1920), pictured in uniform at Admiral of the Fleet. Date: 1953

Background imageFleet Collection: 1935 Kings Silver Jubilee Fleet Review

1935 Kings Silver Jubilee Fleet Review
A panoramic view showing the berthing arrangements made for the Review of the Fleet at Spithead by King George V to celebrate his Silver Jubilee

Background imageFleet Collection: USS Monitor and CSS Virginia ironclad naval battle

USS Monitor and CSS Virginia ironclad naval battle
Terrific Engagement Between the USS Monitor with 2 Guns, and the CSS Virginia (aka Merrimac) with 10 Guns, in Hampton Roads, March 9th 1862. The First Fight between Ironclad ships of War

Background imageFleet Collection: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, Fleet Street, London

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, Fleet Street, London. Date: circa 1935

Background imageFleet Collection: HMS Barham, British battleship, Scapa Flow

HMS Barham, British battleship, Scapa Flow
HMS Barham, a Queen Elizabeth class battleship, launched 1914, served during the First and Second World Wars, sunk by a German U-boat 1941. Seen here with the Fleet in Scapa Flow, Scotland

Background imageFleet Collection: Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941

Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941
Painting showing a Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber-reconnaissance airplane flying over a British destroyer (bottom centre) and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (back right), 1941

Background imageFleet Collection: British aircraft camouflage, 1941

British aircraft camouflage, 1941
British aircraft camouflage, showing how the colours appear to merge into their surroundings, 1941. Date: 1941. Aircraft include Blenheim Bomber, Hudson Bomber, Wellington Bomber, Skua Bomber

Background imageFleet Collection: Gatehouse of Fleet in autumn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Gatehouse of Fleet in autumn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageFleet Collection: British Royal Navy Fleet

British Royal Navy Fleet
The British Empire on the Sea - the Royal Navy depicted en masse during the reign of King George V (1910-1936). Date: circa 1912

Background imageFleet Collection: Model T Fords

Model T Fords
Automobile (Cars). Fleet of four Model T Fords parked outside behind a building for salesmen of Peter Doelgers Healthful Beverage

Background imageFleet Collection: The Battle of Trafalgar

The Battle of Trafalgar
3892973 The Battle of Trafalgar by Stanfield, William Clarkson (1793-1867); (add.info.: The Battle of Trafalgar (1805)); Photo © Derek Bayes. All rights reserved 2022

Background imageFleet Collection: Fleet Street, London, c. 1894

Fleet Street, London, c. 1894
Photograph showing the view east along Fleet Street, towards Ludgate and St. Pauls Cathedral, c.1894. A large number of horse-drawn carriages can be seen rushing along the street as a steam train

Background imageFleet Collection: Daily Telegraph - printing room 1900

Daily Telegraph - printing room 1900
Daily Telegraph, printing room in Fleet Street, London. Date: 1900

Background imageFleet Collection: The American Great White Fleet arrives in Australia

The American Great White Fleet arrives in Australia - Uncle Sam meeting a Kangaroo. On 20 August 1908 well over half a million Sydneysiders turned out to watch the arrival of the Fleet

Background imageFleet Collection: King George V - Scenes of the British Empire

King George V - Scenes of the British Empire
One King, One Flag, One Fleet, One Empire - inset portrait of King George V (1865-1936) surrounded by images of the varied animals and wildlife of the British colonial territories (4/4)

Background imageFleet Collection: WW2 recruitment poster, Join the Wrens

WW2 recruitment poster, Join the Wrens (Womens Royal Naval Service) and free a man for the Fleet. Printed for HMSO. Date: circa 1940

Background imageFleet Collection: The Last Man, Hans Bohrdt - Propaganda - German navy officer

The Last Man, Hans Bohrdt - Propaganda - German navy officer
In 1915 Hans Bohrdt created his most famous illustration which is called " The Last Man". The image shows a German navy officer holding up a German flag as his ship sinks because he would

Background imageFleet Collection: Fishing boats entering the harbour at Gorleston

Fishing boats entering the harbour at Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk. Britain was once described by a politician as " built on coal and surrounded by fish"

Background imageFleet Collection: VENICE: MAP, 17TH CENTURY. Map of Venice by Guiseppe Heintz, 17th century

VENICE: MAP, 17TH CENTURY. Map of Venice by Guiseppe Heintz, 17th century

Background imageFleet Collection: The British Fleet - Spithead, 1914

The British Fleet - Spithead, 1914
Britains Bulwarks. The great fleet assembled at Spithead, Portsmouth - July 16th - 20th 1914 for King George Vs inspection, three weeks after the declaration of war against Germany

Background imageFleet Collection: A Dreadnought firing her great guns

A Dreadnought firing her great guns. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFleet Collection: Spanish Armada - Golden Lion attacks Santa Ana

Spanish Armada - Golden Lion attacks Santa Ana
An Armada episode, the Golden Lion attacking the Santa Ana of the Spanish Armada on 25 July 1588. Date: 1588

Background imageFleet Collection: One of the first letter boxes erected in London at the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Street

One of the first letter boxes erected in London at the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Street. Wood engraving from The Illustrated London News, 24 March 1855

Background imageFleet Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, four types of plane

Imperial Airways Poster, four types of plane
Imperial Airways Poster, showing four types of plane, with cutaway drawings of interiors of each class -- Heracles and Hannibal, Scylla, Atalanta, and Scipio. 20th century

Background imageFleet Collection: How to recognise rank in the Royal Navy

How to recognise rank in the Royal Navy-a wartime advert for Dunlop fort tyres. Date: 1941

Background imageFleet Collection: Fairey Gannet AEW-3

Fairey Gannet AEW-3
Royal-Navy 849 Squadron B Flight Fairey Gannet Aew-3 Taking-Off Operating on Aircraft-Carrier Hms Ark Royal R09 Using the Catapult System Date: 1974

Background imageFleet Collection: The Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover c1540

The Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover c1540
The Embarkation at Dover c1540. Henry VIII and his fleet setting sail from Dover to Calais on 31 May 1520 on the way to meet Francis I at The Field of Cloth of Gold

Background imageFleet Collection: The old and new forms of Accringtons Trams

The old and new forms of Accringtons Trams - the older steam tramcar from 1886 (top) dubbed the Baltic Fleet and (below) the new modern electric car - the Flying Squadron ! Date: 1907

Background imageFleet Collection: Carrier deck of HMS Warrior aircraft carrier

Carrier deck of HMS Warrior aircraft carrier
View of the carrier deck of HMS Warrior (R31) aircraft carrier at Kure, Japan, with crew lined up and a Sea Fury plane. Date: 1953

Background imageFleet Collection: The Terra Nova of Scotts Antarctic Expedition

The Terra Nova of Scotts Antarctic Expedition
The ship Terra Nova - the vessel used by Robert Falcon Scott (1868 -1912) for his South Polar Expedition in 1911-12. Built originally for the Dundee whaling and sealing fleet (launched 1884)

Background imageFleet Collection: King Edward VIII as Admiral of the Fleet by John St. Helier

King Edward VIII as Admiral of the Fleet by John St. Helier
King Edward VIII (1894-1972), later Duke of Windsor, painted by John St. Helier Lander in the robes of Admiral of the Fleet and as Sovereign of The Order of the Garter

Background imageFleet Collection: German Fleet at Scapa F

German Fleet at Scapa F
The surrendered German fleet

Background imageFleet Collection: Wouldn t you like to just sail away? Theres a fabulous Union-Castle / Safmarine mailship

Wouldn t you like to just sail away? Theres a fabulous Union-Castle / Safmarine mailship
Wouldn t you like to just sail away? Theres a fabulous Union-Castle/Safmarine mailship leaving a South African port every week. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageFleet Collection: King George V - Scenes of the British Empire

King George V - Scenes of the British Empire
One King, One Flag, One Fleet, One Empire - inset portrait of King George V (1865-1936) (1/4). Date: circa 1911

Background imageFleet Collection: Ships trapped in Suez Canal, Six-Day War

Ships trapped in Suez Canal, Six-Day War
Fifteen ships trapped in the Suez Canal as a result of the Six-Day War (5-10 June 1967) between Israel and Egypt. Although the war was short

Background imageFleet Collection: GARNERAY, Louis (1783-1857). Naval Battle of Navarino

GARNERAY, Louis (1783-1857). Naval Battle of Navarino. ca. 1827. Greek War of Independence (1821-1832). Battle of Navarino, October 20th, 1827. Victory of the British and French fleet on the ottoman

Background imageFleet Collection: Lowestoft, Suffolk, Herring Drifters off the Fishing Grounds

Lowestoft, Suffolk, Herring Drifters off the Fishing Grounds Date: circa 1920s

Background imageFleet Collection: Admiral Sir John Jellicoe - British Royal Navy - WWI

Admiral Sir John Jellicoe - British Royal Navy - WWI
Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935) - British Royal Navy - WWI. Commanded the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland

Background imageFleet Collection: GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender

GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageFleet Collection: GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender

GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageFleet Collection: GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- a foam tender

GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- a foam tender
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageFleet Collection: The fleet protects the nation - Prudential Life Insurance pr

The fleet protects the nation - Prudential Life Insurance protects the home. Illustration shows a fleet of steam-powered warships sailing past the Rock of Gibraltar labeled The Prudential has

Background imageFleet Collection: HMS Iron Duke, British battleship

HMS Iron Duke, British battleship, launched 1912, served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, used as a base ship at Scapa Flow during the Second World War



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"Fleet: A Journey through History and Adventure" Step into the world of fleet, where history comes alive with every stroke of a brush. From the iconic painting "The Redoutable at Trafalgar, 21st October 1805, " we witness the valorous naval battle that forever changed the course of history. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, stands tall as a symbol of strength and dedication to his country. As we delve deeper into this captivating theme, H. M. S. Warspite emerges from the depths, showcasing its might and resilience on turbulent seas. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub on Fleet Street in London whispers tales from centuries past; its walls echoing with conversations between literary giants. The clash between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia ironclad naval battle takes us back to a time when innovation redefined warfare. The Battle of Trafalgar immortalized on canvas reminds us of Admiral Nelson's heroic sacrifice for victory. Meanwhile, HMS Barham stands proudly at Scapa Flow as a testament to British naval power. In Dumfries and Galloway's Gatehouse during autumn in Scotland, nature paints an enchanting picture that captures our hearts. Imperial Airways Poster showcases four types of planes soaring across vast skies—a tribute to human ingenuity reaching new heights. Traveling further back in time, Guiseppe Heintz's 17th-century map reveals Venice's intricate beauty—an invitation to explore its labyrinthine streets and romantic canals. Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber takes flight during World War II—its bravery etched forever in our memories. Lastly, British aircraft camouflage from 1941 unveils how artistry played a crucial role in concealing these flying machines amidst adversity. Through these diverse glimpses into fleet-related moments throughout history and around the world, we are reminded that they are not merely collections of vehicles or vessels but symbols representing courage, innovation, and the indomitable human spirit.