HMS Thunderer at Dagenham, Essex
HMS Thunderer (launched 1911) was the third Orion-class battleship built for the Royal Navy and the last vessel to be constructed by Thames Ironworks. She was the last and largest warship ever built on the River Thames, and after her completion her builders declared bankruptcy. Pictured here at Dagenham, Essex, before her trials.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Pete Frost Collection
The Battle of Pacocha'; Action between HMS 'Shah' and 'Ameth
Engraving showing the battle between HMS 'Shah' and 'Amethyst' and the Peruvian Ironclad turret ship 'Huascar' on the 29th May 1877. The 'Huascar' had been taken over by some Peruvian revolutionaries and declared a 'pirate' by the Peruvian government. The 'Shah' and 'Amethyst' were ordered to protect British Merchant Shipping and after the 'Huascar' had stopped several British merchant ships, the Royal Navy decided to hunt down the 'Huascar'. In the action depicted, the 70 guns of the British ships were unable to do much damage to the 'Huascar' as she was an heavily-built ironclad. In return the gunnery crew of the 'Huascar' was not well drilled enough to hit the British ships much. In desperation the 'Shah' launched a Whitehead torpedo at the 'Huascar', but the Peruvian ship was able to dodge it with some ease. The battle became a stalemate and the two sides slipped away after the fall of darkness. Reputedly this was the last action by a wooden warship, firing a broadside of muzzle-loading guns and the first use of a torpedo in anger.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Artificial Respiration being Applied by British Sailors
A service in which the dictates of humanity over-rule all antagonism towards the rescued enemy: artificial respiration being applied by British soldiers, while British and Germans stand democratically round.
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