British destroyer HMS Glowworm emerging from her smoke screen prior to ramming the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, 8 April 1940. 109 of the destroyer's 146 crew members were killed, including her captain, LCDR Gerard Broadmead Roope, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross based on a communication from the German captain, sent through the Red Cross.
Renown with splinter paint finish. A stunning picture.
14 in battleship HMS Duke of York, victor over Scharnhorst at the Battle of North Cape in December 1943, pictured earlier that year off Iceland.
11 in forward triple turrets of a German battleship Scharnhorst: it was originally envisaged that they would receive 6 x 15 in guns, but the design was not ready, so they received 9 x 11 in of the same design fitted to the (6 gun) pocket battleships on a 'temporary' basis, though they were never replaced. It mattered little: the 11 in was a fine design; accurate, with a high rate of fire and long range (Scharnhorst's first hit on carrier HMS Glorious in June 1940 was at 26000 yards).
11 in pocket battleship (officially 'panzerschiffe') Admiral Scheer at sea during her long Atlantic commerce raiding cruise, October 1940 - March 1941, during which she famously sank the armed merchant cruiser Jervis Bay. This shot shows her single mounting 5.9 in secondary guns and 4.1 in dual purpose tertiary guns. Later re-classified as a heavy cruiser, she capsized under RAF bombing at anchor in April 1945.
Digital reconstruction of ancient double-hulled ships - Hellenistic times - 3rd - 2nd Century BCE
8 in County class cruiser HMAS Australia pictured brand new in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1928: she served for 26 years, unprecedented in the Australian navy at the time. For most of WW2 she served in conjunction with the US Navy in the Pacific, losing her Captain, 6 other Officers and 23 sailors to a kamikaze strike off the Phillipines in October 1944: US compatriots believed that her 3 funnels seemed to attract them.