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I had to retire a few years ago on medical grounds and took up painting, I've always like ships and so I was able to combine my love of the great ships and painting, this is one I did of The Hood at Scapa in the crisp morning air, let me know what you think----------Alan
 

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I have a nice picture of the Hood. Sank by the Bismarck may 24th 1941 only three survivors pulled from the sea. Sad loss indeed,I remember the people going around as if they were in a trance when the news of the sinking was in the papers. As Ron would say "I was a wee lad" of 10 when it happened.
 

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Thank you Ron

Thank you Paul, I never saw the Hood but I did see some of the mothball fleet in the Gareloch these ships were magnificent to behold, and the Hood was one of the most impressive, I had a friend who served in the Navy and he was talking to some of the men who served on the Hood and they all agreed she was a beautiful looking ship, but shook herself to death at anything approaching twenty Knots.

Thanks John I would like to see that picture if it's possible many thanks.

I'll try and load a bigger pic of the painting, I think it's loaded---many thanks-------Alan
 

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The mighty HOOD

Alan,

Congratulations, a super picture.

There is a program often shown on the Sky Discovery Channel just lately all about the Hood and Bismark.

They discovered the wreck of Hood and filmed it, fantastic pictures. They brought the last living survivor Ted ( Briggs I think ) to the site and showed him the video pictures of the wreck. It was quite emotional. ( I belive that Ted has since died, glad he was able to complete the trip ).

They then went on to visit the wreck of the Bismark and filmed that. Fantastic pictures too.

The program was in two parts. part one devoted to the Hood and Part 2 to the Bismark.

Its well worth watching if you have Sky or get someone to record it for you
if you dont. I heartily recommend it.

Chris.
 

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Thanks Chris I've seen the program, it is a great program especially when you see the unmistakeable shape of the Hood's bow, and the swastika on the Bismark's deck, memorable program, thanks very much-----Alan
 

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A fine painting; well done.

An interesting thread to HMS Hood is the story of the 'E' class destroyer
HMS Electra. She was the ship that picked up the 3 survivors of Hood's
sinking.

Later sent to the far east, she took part in the Battle of the Java Sea, where
a mixed force of US, British, Australian and (?) NZ ships tackled a much
larger Japanese fleet. Apart from a few US destroyers the entire allied
fleet was sunk. Electra was attempting to defend a damaged cruiser. Her
tactic was to lay heavy smoke and make attacking charges through this
smoke and then retreat back through it. On about her third forray she was
unfortunate enough to emerge from the smoke-screen directly under the
guns of a Japanese destroyer, which soon sank the Electra.
Her epitaph in the official war records went something like;

"HMS Electra went through the smoke and was seen no more"

I am writing this off the top of my head having read the story many years ago
which was published by the sole surviving deck officer from the Electra, who, together with several other crew members, spent several months avoiding Japanese capture
prior to making it back to safety.

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Thanks Malcolm, very interesting story , poor Electra, fascinating the twists and turns of fate----------------Alan
 

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Met an RN captain once and the subject came up Queen Mary/Curacao and I said something like "What were the watchkeepers doing, sleeping, not to see her" to which he replied "I most certainly was not asleep. He was on bridge at the time. Time to change subject I thought.
 

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The Hood

Hi Alan, Lovely painting ,well done, The poor Hood, such an old weak outdated over rated ship that should have never been within a million miles of a real battleship, as events proved. These days the Admiralty would have been done with corporate manslaughter. John.(MAD)(MAD)(MAD)
 

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Hi Alan, Lovely painting ,well done, The poor Hood, such an old weak outdated over rated ship that should have never been within a million miles of a real battleship, as events proved. These days the Admiralty would have been done with corporate manslaughter. John.(MAD)(MAD)(MAD)
The Bismark was another beautiful looking ship and technology wise right on the edge and yet without a functioning rudder - a lamb for the slaughter. Several thousand dead just to prove the day of the great ship was over - bit of waste really in the end (Sad)

v.nice paintings of a by-gone age (Thumb)
 

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Alan

My truthful opinion to be expressed here; I think you have some work to do if you intend to provide us with an accurate representation of "the pride of the Royal Navy".

Please do not take my comment as a negative criticism of your work, but rather as an encouragement to do better. Feel free to mail me for advice on how to make your painting more accurate. I'd be more than happy to help.

Warmest regards,

Monty
 

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The Hood was certainly "publicised" a lot prior to the war. Remember that I had a "dinky toy" of her.

However she turned out to be a stupid ship built for glamour and publicity not for fighting. She was a floating, vulnerable death trap for thousands of good men.

Long time ago but my memory tells me the torpedoes came from aircraft launched by the Bismark, but could be wrong.

A sad happening caused by lack of knowledge in design and the desire to have the BIGGEST battleship
in the world. Unfortunately also the worste.

Chas
 

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When HMS Hood was completed in 1920, she was as well protected as any capital ship in the Royal Navy. Designed before the Battle Jutland, Hood unfortunately, did not incorporate all of the lessens learnt from the battle. Nevertheless some 5000 tons of extra armour was worked in. Being so new, she remained low on the list for major the upgrading that was rightfully employed in older and weaker ships. Even so, I can think of numerous battleships and battlecruisers that were weaker than Hood, even in 1941.

Although at first suggested, Hood's torpedo tubes have since been ruled out as a probable cause for her loss.

I think there is general agreement among many naval experts to the point that; given the chance to repeat the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood and prince of Wales would win at least 7 times out of 10. Hood took an unlucky hit that was highly unlikely to recur and she would have at least lasted longer 9 times out of 10.

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bcrenown, My late dad was a chief gunnery instructor who served in the war and you have just said something that used to enrage him over the years " the Bismark hit the Hood with a lucky shot". He would argue that the German gunners got all their calculations correct and that it was a perfect shot, nothing lucky about it at all. My opinion is that being a flimsy battlecruiser she should never have engaged Bismark. As for Prince of Wales, she could'nt hit the fleet canteen if she was tied up alongside. (Cloud)
 

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Well John, I did not say Bismarck made a "lucky shot". I said "Hood took an unlucky hit". There is a difference. It is quite likely that had Bismarck's shell hit somewhere else, Hood would not have blown up but it still would have been good shooting. In fact, I think Bismarck's shooting was quite good.

As for Prince of Wales' shooting, she did hit Bismarck three times and effectively mission-killed her. Her shooting wasn't bad either, especially when we consider she had nowhere the time to work up her crew and equipment that Bismarck had.

Monty
 
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