Author Archives: Adrian Boswell

Figureheads Update – November 2017

Message from Paul Santillo of the Research Team The first two of our Figureheads King Billy and Topaz leave for Deptford for renovation and conservation. It took a day and a half to juggle them around and get King Billy … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter January 2016

NAVAL DIARY – JANUARY 1st 1693 – Appointment of 1st Officers at Dock (later Devonport Dockyard). 1859 – BRITANNIA became officer cadet training ship at Portland, later moving to Dartmouth. 1892 – Gambia River expedition – SPARROW, THRUSH & WIDGEON. … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter December 2015

NAVAL DIARY – DECEMBER 1st 1940 – George Cross (GC) ex Albert Medal-Able Seaman A.MILES (SALTASH) – saving life at sea. 2nd 1825 – Defeat of the Burmese at Pagoda Point, above Prome. DIANA & boats of Irrawaddy Flotilla captured … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter November 2015

NAVAL DIARY – NOVEMBER 1st 1944 – Successful assault on Walcheren by No.4 Army & 41,47 & 48 Royal Marine Cdos, with RN ships bombardment & landing craft. Operation INFATUATE. 1956-Operation MUSKETEER, the Anglo-French action against Egypt, continued with more … Continue reading

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Open Day September 2015

Open Day 27 September 2015 – Theme: Submarine Service The penultimate open day of 2015 was themed around the Submarine service. This coincided with our decommissioned nuclear submarine visitor attraction, Courageous, being taken out of service for a long awaited … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter October 2015

NAVAL DIARY – OCTOBER 1st 1748 – Rear-Admiral C.KNOWLES’ (CORNWALL) Squadron fought Vice-Admiral Don Andres REGGIO’s (AFRICA) Spanish Squadron off Havana, but KNOWLES failed to benefit from intelligence brought to him & engaged with only 4 of his ships, which … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter September 2015

NAVAL DIARY – SEPTEMBER 1st 1867 – Launch of CERBERUS, 1st RN ship to have fore & aft guns but no sails. 1875 – IRON DUKE rammed & sank VANGUARD in thick fog, the 1st RN battleship lost in collision … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter August 2015

NAVAL DIARY – AUGUST 1st – 1739 – Admiral VERNON ordered his Squadron to “take, sink, burn or destroy” the enemy, a phrase used frequently thereafter. 1798 – Battle of the Nile. Fleet of Rear Admiral Sir H.NELSON (VANGUARD) defeated … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter July 2015

NAVAL DIARY 1st – 1712-RN Hospital, 1st designed as such, opened at Port Mahon, Minorca. 1880-RN Engineering College founded at Keyham, Plymouth. 1914-RN Air Service formed from Royal Flying Corps Naval Wing. 1926-1st aircraft night deck landing, FURIOUS. 1945-Allied naval … Continue reading

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Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Newsletter June 2015

NAVAL DIARY 1st 1666-1st day of “4 Days Battle” between Admiral (ex Civil War General)G. MONCK’s English fleet & Admiral de RUYTER’s Dutch fleet, off North Foreland, the English coming off worst. 1794-“The Glorious 1st of June” when Admiral HOWE’s … Continue reading

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