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From historic vessels to majestic warships, they have always captivated our imagination. The Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village by A. G

Background imageShips Collection: The Esso Northumbria supertanker being built at Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend

The Esso Northumbria supertanker being built at Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend. Circa April 1969

Background imageShips Collection: Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A. G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)

Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A. G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
Oil on canvas, Newlyn School, June 1897. This painting is a wonderful record of a lantern procession held to commemorate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee in 1897

Background imageShips Collection: Gokstad Ship, Viking Ship Museum, Bygdoy, Oslo, Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Gokstad Ship, Viking Ship Museum, Bygdoy, Oslo, Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Hermes, Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Hermes (R12) was a

HMS Hermes, Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Hermes (R12) was a
HMS Hermes, Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier at sea near Aden 1967

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Repulse leaving Malta, 1937

HMS Repulse leaving Malta, 1937, with the Rollicker Class tug HMS Roysterer in the foreground

Background imageShips Collection: Th British S-class submarine HMS Storm has returned to the United Kingdom after an

Th British S-class submarine HMS Storm has returned to the United Kingdom after an eventful and highly successful commission in the Far East

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Mersey, Minesweeper of the Mersey Division of the RNR comes alongside headquarters

HMS Mersey, Minesweeper of the Mersey Division of the RNR comes alongside headquarters ship HMS Eaglet Salthouse Dock at the end of her fourth cruise of the year. September 1968

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982

HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982
HMS Invincible returns to massive celebrations following the Falklands Conflict in 1982. Lined up on deck are Sea King helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Eagle

HMS Eagle with aircraft on deck

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark, August 1957

Background imageShips Collection: Westland Whirlwinds on HMS Bulwark

Westland Whirlwinds on HMS Bulwark
Westland Whirlwind helicopters of 845 Squadron on HMS Bulwark, 1 August 1957

Background imageShips Collection: Vasa, a 17th century warship, Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe

Vasa, a 17th century warship, Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Illustrious, 1942

HMS Illustrious, 1942
Illustrious class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, 1942

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Implacable, February 1950

HMS Implacable, February 1950
HMS Implacable in Weymouth Bay, February 1950

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters of 845 Squadron approach HMS Bulwark, 1 August 1957

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Ajax, 1936

HMS Ajax, 1936
Leander Class Cruiser HMS Ajax at Alexandria, 1936

Background imageShips Collection: Fairey Swordfish I

Fairey Swordfish I of 820 Squadron over HMS Ark Royal, 1939

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Victory in dock at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

HMS Victory in dock at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Repulse

HMS Repulse
Renown Class battleship HMS Repulse

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal, February 1954

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Indomitable, 1943

HMS Indomitable, 1943
HMS Indomitable at its moorings with another aircraft carrier in the distance

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Solebay

HMS Solebay
Battle Class destroyer HMS Solebay

Background imageShips Collection: Vosper motor torpedo boat, Portsmouth 1939

Vosper motor torpedo boat, Portsmouth 1939
Vosper 70 MTB 22 type at speed

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Nelson

HMS Nelson
Nelson Class Battleship HMS Nelson

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Indomitable, 1943

HMS Indomitable, 1943
HMS Indomitable with a Supermarine Seafire Mk. IIC flying overhead, 1943

Background imageShips Collection: Maldon, a Blackwater Estuary town known for its Thames Sailing Barges, Essex

Maldon, a Blackwater Estuary town known for its Thames Sailing Barges, Essex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageShips Collection: Viking ship, sunset, silhouette, 3D graphics

Viking ship, sunset, silhouette, 3D graphics

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Broadsword receiving fuel

HMS Broadsword receiving fuel
Weapon Class destroyer HMS Broadsword receiving fuel from HMS Implacable

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939

HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939
Town Class cruiser HMS Newcastle

Background imageShips Collection: Racing Yachts

Racing Yachts
J Class yacht Shamrock V leads Britannia and Velsheda, Cowes Regatta 1933

Background imageShips Collection: SS United States

SS United States
The liner SS United States, holder of the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing

Background imageShips Collection: Sledge-party leaving HMS Investigator in Mercy Bay, under command of Lieutenant Gurney Cresswell

Sledge-party leaving HMS Investigator in Mercy Bay, under command of Lieutenant Gurney Cresswell
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Cleopatra

HMS Cleopatra
Dido Class cruiser HMS Cleopatra

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Cadiz

HMS Cadiz
Battle Class destroyer HMS Cadiz

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance, February 1950

HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance, February 1950
HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance in Weymouth Bay, February 1950

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Devonshire, 1936

HMS Devonshire, 1936
County Class Cruiser HMS Devonshire in the Mediterranean, 1936

Background imageShips Collection: Hawker Sea Fury F. 10 and FB. 11

Hawker Sea Fury F. 10 and FB. 11
Hawker Sea Fury F.10 and FB.11 aircraft of 805 Squadron flying over HMAS Sydney 8 February 1949

Background imageShips Collection: Maldon, a Blackwater Estuary town known for its Thames Sailing Barges, Essex

Maldon, a Blackwater Estuary town known for its Thames Sailing Barges, Essex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Egret

HMS Egret
Egret Class sloop HMS Egret

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Ocean, 11 August 1945

HMS Ocean, 11 August 1945
Colossus Class aircraft carrier HMS Ocean

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Valiant, March 1931

HMS Valiant, March 1931
Queen Elizabeth Class battleship HMS Valiant at Gibraltar, March 1931, with Fairey IIIF on stern catapult

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Glorious, 1936

HMS Glorious, 1936
HMS Glorious in the Mediterranean, with Fairey IIIF aircraft on deck, 1936

Background imageShips Collection: RAF High Speed Launch

RAF High Speed Launch
68 High Speed Launch Type 3 " Hants & Dorset" 2626

Background imageShips Collection: Cars and motorcycles arriving on board the ferry at Fishbourne, 1932

Cars and motorcycles arriving on board the ferry at Fishbourne, 1932
Vehicles boarding the Southern Railway ferry at Fisbourne for the crossing from the Isle of Wight back to Portsmouth

Background imageShips Collection: HMS King George V, Royal Navy Battleship Part of the Royal Navy

HMS King George V, Royal Navy Battleship Part of the Royal Navy
HMS King George V, battleship, part of the Royal Navy Reserve at Gareloch on the Clyde, Scotland

Background imageShips Collection: Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier, HMS Hermes

Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier, HMS Hermes
HMS Hermes, Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier at sea near Aden 1967

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Trincomalee, British Frigate of 1817, at Hartlepools Maritime Experience

HMS Trincomalee, British Frigate of 1817, at Hartlepools Maritime Experience, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageShips Collection: Fairey Swordfish I

Fairey Swordfish I aircraft of 810 Sqn with Grumman Martlets in the background, HMS Illustrious, 1942



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From historic vessels to majestic warships, they have always captivated our imagination. The Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village by A. G. Sherwood Hunter transports us back in time, showcasing the beauty of traditional sailing boats amidst picturesque scenery. Meanwhile, the Gokstad Ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo stands as a testament to Scandinavian seafaring prowess and craftsmanship. The HMS Bulwark, an iconic British aircraft carrier, has played a significant role throughout history. From its involvement in World War II to hosting Westland Whirlwinds and witnessing the return of HMS Invincible from the Falklands conflict in 1982, this mighty vessel has seen it all. Speaking of historical significance, the Vasa warship takes center stage at Stockholm's Vasa Museum. Despite its tragic sinking on its maiden voyage in the 17th century, this marvel of engineering now serves as a reminder of Sweden's naval heritage. During World War II, HMS Illustrious proudly served her country with distinction. Her bravery was matched only by that of her sister ship HMS Ark Royal and their valiant crew members who fought tirelessly for freedom on treacherous seas. Not all they can bound for battle; some embark on remarkable journeys across diverse landscapes. The SS Oriana epitomizes adventure as it voyages from tropical paradises to snow-covered destinations—a true symbol of exploration and wanderlust. Lastly but not leastly is HMS Ajax—her name synonymous with courage and resilience since 1936 when she first set sail under British colors. This formidable cruiser paved the way for future naval triumphs while leaving an indelible mark on maritime history. Whether they transport us through time or carry us into uncharted territories, ships continue to inspire awe and fascination worldwide.