Add a Name to this List. Paddy is going home so I have asked him to post this for me in England. The Barracks opened in 1903, when the Flag CinC Portsmouth moved from HMS Excellent to HMS Victory (ship) then to shore. Most passengers are World War II refugees or displaced persons. I haven't done enough time out here yet, so I must stay. The Victory Ship Is a World War 2-Era transport Ship and is the first cargo ship to have functional guns. Your loving son Lidge xxxx. As you know we have been doing a lot of work on the 5th Army front and our rewards was as follows: It was Friday morning Feb 18th and we were well on our way to Anzio to give Jerry another suprise packet, but it was us that received the suprise. The following is a list of all World War II Victory ships. His service record shows some but not much of the details in service and conduct until 1947. [Note 1], On the day of the launch, shipwright Hartly Larkin, designated "foreman afloat" for the event, suddenly realised that the ship might not fit through the dock gates. Troopships used during World War II included commercial passenger liners, C2s, C3s, C4s, Liberty and Victory ships, and foreign ships taken over by the United States such as the Saturnia, etc. [51] Nelson continued on to England in Victory, leaving his Mediterranean fleet with Cornwallis[52] who detached twenty of his thirty-three ships of the line and sent them under Calder to find the combined fleet at Ferrol. photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. Create your own fleet of ships, pick your side and enter into World War II naval combat on a global scale. WO Writer. Sir Edward Seymour, the future Duke of Somerset, visited the vessel in 1886 and considered that "a more rotten ship never probably flew the pennant. The Dispatches and Letters (see above) record on page 71 "Tuesday 24 May (i.e. Representing the Navy at Modern Pentathalon, HMS Victory (Pompey Barracks) in 1970. Milan, Italy 43 contributions 69 helpful votes. His father and his two brothers were in the Worcester Regiment during WW1 and amazingly all three brothers came back. Situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory opens at 10 am every day throughout the year. The French were dispersed in a gale and forced to return home. [24], Victory's armament was slightly upgraded in 1782 with the replacement of all of her 6-pounders with 12-pounder cannon. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. Written by Michael Elton. In November 1807 she was relegated to second-rate, with the removal of two 32-pounder cannon and replacement of her middle deck 24-pounders with 18-pounders obtained from other laid-up ships. ² John G. Bunker, Liberty Ships: The Ugly Ducklings of World War II (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1972) p. 6. [23] The British van escaped with little loss, but Sir Hugh Palliser's rear division suffered considerably. Jervis had stationed his fleet off Cape St Vincent to prevent the Spanish sailing north, whilst Horatio Nelson was to oversee the evacuation of Elba. | Albion Times", Shipwrecks and maritime incidents in 1854, National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=HMS_Victory&oldid=994760915, Ships and vessels of the National Historic Fleet, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Height from waterline to top of mainmast: 205 ft (62.5 m), Upper gundeck: 30 × 1.7-ton short 12-pounders (5 kg), Quarterdeck: 12 × 1.7-ton short 12-pounder (5 kg), Forecastle: 2 × medium 12-pounder (5 kg), 2 × 68-pounder (31 kg), This page was last edited on 17 December 2020, at 11:42. It was replaced after the battle, but was preserved and eventually displayed in the Royal Naval Museum. Great historical ship! The following ships were now in a quandary over whether to obey the Admiral's signal or follow their divisional commander. HMS Victory Barracks, in 2010. Win medals for your exploits, and help your chosen nation achieve victory in each campaign. The British fleet completed their stores in Lagos Bay, Portugal and, on 11 May, sailed westward with ten ships and three frigates in pursuit of the combined Franco-Spanish fleet of 17 ships. [92] The ship will benefit from a £35 million restoration project, utilising Scottish elm and oak trees as wood for the restoration project.[93][94]. We currently have a huge backlog of submissions which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 254107 your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first. Instead it was noted in Victory's sailing instructions that these gunports would have to remain closed and unusable in rough weather. [53], After learning he was to be removed from command, Villeneuve put to sea on the morning of 19 October and when the last ship had left port, around noon the following day, he set sail for the Mediterranean. The Admiral shifted his flag to the Amphion. Become a Apavian today and subscribe!Me and my friend Salocin are on the SS AMERICAN VICTORY ship that was in activity for war perposses from 1945 to1985. BY TYPE. HMS Victory 12th Jul 1943 to 2nd Apr 1944. The last sheet says enrolled PO RFR B23/96 Lg sea LR2 22 Dec 1947 -16 May 1951 RFR engagement expired. [76] On 12 January 1922, her condition was so poor that she would no longer stay afloat, and had to be moved into No. He joined HMS Penelope on the 12th of November 1943 and served onboard until she was lost in Feb 1944. The open galleries along her stern were removed;[40] her figurehead was replaced along with her masts and the paint scheme changed from red to the black and yellow seen today. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission, with 242 years' service as of 2020. Her gun ports were originally yellow to match the hull, but later repainted black, giving a pattern later called the "Nelson chequer", which was adopted by most Royal Navy ships in the decade following the Battle of Trafalgar. Others proposed a berth beside Cleopatra's Needle on the Thames, or as land-based structure in Trafalgar Square. [11] Once the ship's frame had been built, it was normal to cover it up and leave it for several months to allow the wood to dry out or "season". Able Seaman. The following decade saw the replacement of much of the decayed oak with oily hardwoods such as teak and Iroko, which were believed to be more resistant to fungus and pests. [37][38] The British fleet not only achieved its main objective, that of preventing the Spanish from joining their French and Dutch allies in the channel, but also captured four ships. I have never seen such a hugely attended funeral for an ordinary person since. They were on his coffin for his funeral, that was the last time we saw them and never really thought about them until some years later. [55] On the morning of 21 October, the main British fleet, which was out of sight and sailing parallel some 10 miles away, turned to intercept. At 455 feet in length they were slightly longer than Liberty ships, and 62 feet wide. On the evening of Saturday, 28 September, Lord Nelson joined Lord Collingwood's fleet off Cádiz, quietly, so that his presence would not be known. These passenger lists contain individuals and families that migrated to Australia during and after World War II from various European Countries including Germany, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, etc. Evil Twin Artworks’ Victory at Sea game is an epic Real Time Strategy set during World War 2. [57] At 0600 hours, Nelson ordered his fleet into two columns. [18], Because there was no immediate use for her, she was placed in ordinary and moored in the River Medway. At about a quarter to twelve, Victory opened fire on Bretagne of 110 guns, which was being followed by Ville de Paris of 90 guns. It saw service in the European Theater of Operations in the Atlantic Ocean during 1945, and in the immediate post-war period. [68] Active service was resumed from February 1817 when she was relisted as a first-rate carrying 104 guns. [49], The Franco-Spanish fleet was involved in the indecisive Battle of Cape Finisterre in fog off Ferrol with Admiral Sir Robert Calder's squadron on 22 July, before taking refuge in Vigo and Ferrol. [65], The Admiralty Board considered Victory too old, and in too great a disrepair, to be restored as a first-rate ship of the line. Mothballed since 1968 at Suisun Bay north of San Francisco, preservationists returned her to Richmond, California two years ago. Despite popular support, these options were not seriously entertained by Admiralty. Refloated in January 1824, she was designated as the Port admiral's flagship for Portsmouth Harbour, remaining in this role until April 1830. Much to my relief I was able to keep my head up even though the sea was rough. John Harwood Beattie HMS Victory (d.25th Feb 1943), Ord.Sea. Later, she also carried two carronade guns, firing 68-lb (31 kg) round shot. HMS Shrapnel (Pontefract) 13th Jan 1943 to 11th July 1943, Able seaman (to ERM 29th of June 1943.) G. E. Harden, D.S.O., R.N. That's how you get treated as a survivor. So I am not certain for sure when he actually left the Royal Navy. In her current state she has no upper masts and minimum rigging. The British ships were under orders to return home and did so without major incident. 398–403. MODERN FLEETS. In 1903 she was accidentally rammed by HMS Neptune, a successor to the vessel that had towed her to Gibraltar. The articles for the Liberty and Victory ships are even cross-linked. [56] Nelson had already made his plans: to break the enemy line some two or three ships ahead of their commander-in-chief in the centre and achieve victory before the van could come to their aid. However, her condition remained poor, and in January 1822 she was towed into dry dock at Portsmouth for repairs to her hull. The die is cast and if there are 50 sail, I will go through them". I could literally run my walking stick through her sides in many places. Harden. We are not allowed to mention that we survived. [72] In 1910, the Society for Nautical Research was created to try to preserve her for future generations, but Admiralty was unable to help, having become embroiled in an escalating arms race; thus by the time Frank H. Mason published The Book of British Ships in 1911, Victory's condition was described as "..nothing short of an insult". Representing Victory Barracks Squash Team as Skipper. Larkin asked for the assistance of every available shipwright, and they hewed away enough wood from the gates with their adzes for the ship to pass safely through. Ldg. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. Paid RFR Jan 1948. All we have been issued with is toilet gear and battle dress, so it looks as if I shall have to buy new kit myself. [16][44], Vice-Admiral Nelson hoisted his flag in Victory on 18 May 1803, with Samuel Sutton as his flag captain. This was the first use of iron in the vessel structure, other than small bolts and nails. [29][30] Once the evacuation had been accomplished, Nelson, in HMS Minerve, sailed for Gibraltar. HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. [66] In 1812 she was relocated to the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour off Gosport, for service as a floating depot and, from 1813 to 1817, as a prison ship. [61] Nelson's last order was for the fleet to anchor, but this was countermanded by Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. [28] The ship's log records how Victory halted the Spanish division, raking ships both ahead and astern, while Jervis' private memoirs recall how Victory's broadside so terrified Principe de Asturias that she "squared her yards, ran clear out of the battle and did not return". 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