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Port Stanley Harbour - Falklands Islands -
RMS St. Helena - Small British passenger liner used as mother ship to mine countermeasures vessels HMS Brecon and HMS Ledbury.
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Uncover guns.
His Excellency the Civil Commissioner, Rex Hunt, visits for lunch.
Senior Naval Officer Falkland Islands attends cocktail party in the main lounge at 1830 hours.
Well done HMS Brecon and HMS Ledbury, with the support of RMS St Helena, for almost completing their tasks in record time.
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RMS St. Helena dressed overall in flags for the occasion on the afternoon of 31st July, 1982.
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1620 - Speedwell leaves Delfshaven to bring pilgrims to America by way via England where she met Mayflower for their common journey
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The Embarkation of the Pilgrims, 1843, US Capitol Rotunda. The name of the ship, Speedwell, and 1620 are written in the foreground of the painting.

1704 - The Capture of Gibraltar by Anglo-Dutch forces of the Grand Alliance
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Sketch of Gibraltar by an officer of Admiral Rooke's fleet on 1 August 1704

1761 – Launch of Essex class 64 gun third rate HMS Africa
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Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the body plans, sheer lines, and longitudinal half-breadth for 'Africa' (1761), 'Asia' (1764), 'Essex' (1760), all 64-gun Third Rate, two-deckers. Note alterations made to the quarterdeck.

1798 - The Battle of the Nile (also known as the Battle of Aboukir Bay; French: Bataille d'Aboukir)
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Battle of the Nile, Augt 1st 1798, Thomas Whitcombe, 1816, National Maritime Museum. The British fleet bears down on the French line.

1798 - french flagship Orient exploded
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Orient explodes at the Battle of the Nile. Franklin is the ship in the extreme left of the picture, and was almost set on fire herself by falling debris.
 

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1665 - The Battle of Vågen (also Battle in the Bay of Bergen, or shortened Battle of Bergen)
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1795 - HMS Diomede (44) wrecked after striking a sunken rock off Trincomalee
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1916 – Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto

1917 – windjammer and commerce raider SMS Seeadler wrecked in French Polynesia
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1768 - Launch of French César, a 74 gun Ship of the Line, César -class
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The end of the César, by François Aimé Louis Dumoulin.

1804 - US-ships started bombardement of Tripolis harbour
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Constitution c. 1803–04

1801 - HMS Pomone (44 gun), Cptn. Gower, captured Carriere (44 gun)
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model of the Le Muiron similar to Carrere

1861 - Construction of first ironclad USS Monitor authorized
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1918 - hospital ship HMAT Warilda was torpedoed by the German submarine and sunk
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1777 - Launch of HMS America, a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, at Deptford
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Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the body plan, sheer lines, and longitudinal half-breadth proposed for 'America' (1777), a 64-gun Third Rate, two-decker. Signed by John Williams [Surveyor of the Navy, 1765-1784].
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1781 - The Battle of the Dogger Bank
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1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge: Along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops attempt to take the city, but are driven back by fire from Union gunboats.
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1622 – Birth of Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral (d. 1666)

Tjerk Hiddes de Vries
(Sexbierum, 6 August 1622 - Flushing, 6 August 1666) was a naval hero and Dutch admiral from the seventeenth century. The French, who could not pronounce his name, called him Kiërkides. His name was also given as Tsjerk, Tierck or Tjerck.

During the Second Anglo-Dutch War Tjerk was appointed full captain on 27 March 1665. He commanded d' Elff Steden in the Battle of Lowestoft, managing with great personal courage to free his ship from an entanglement with several other burning Dutch vessels, set alight by an English fireship. This fight was a severe defeat for the Dutch and those who by their bravery set a contrast to the general incompetence shown during the battle, were hailed as heroes by the populace. Tjerk in a written report severely criticised his fallen supreme commander Van Obdam. The Frisian admiralty board, in need to replace the also killed Lieutenant-Admiral of the Frisian fleet, Auke Stellingwerf, and sensing the public mood, appointed Tjerk Lieutenant-Admiral of Frisia on 29 June 1665. He thus jumped two ranks, not an uncommon occurrence for the Dutch navy in that century.

Normally the Frisian fleet was rather small, but in view of the emergency the province made a strong war effort, building 28 new vessels, Tjerk supervising the formation of the strongest naval force Frisia would ever send out..........

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1666 – Death of Tjerk Hiddes de Vries, Frisian naval hero and commander (b. 1622)

.....In the Four Days Battle of 1666, Tjerk, now calling himself De Vries ("The Frisian"), was second in command in the squadron of the Zealandic Lieutenant-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen the Elder. When the latter was killed on the first day, Tjerk became the squadron commander, still using as flagship his Groot Frisia. He specially fought well on the last, fourth, day, strongly contributing to the Dutch victory. Six weeks later during the St James's Day Battle he was killed, second in command of the van under Lieutenant-Admiral Johan Evertsen, when this squadron failed to reform a proper keel line after a calm and was mauled by the line of Admiral Rupert of the Rhine. Tjerk had an arm and a leg shot off, yet still in vain tried to rally his force. His crippled ship drifted away, only discovered by the Dutch rear under Cornelis Tromp the next day. The wounded Frisian admiral was speedily brought ashore in Flushing by a yacht but died from his wounds on his birthday, 6 August 1666.

After his death
Tjerk Hiddes is buried in the Grote Kerk of Harlingen; his grave memorial has been destroyed. Four days after his death his son Tjerk Hiddes the Younger was born, who shortly after his birth was promised a future captain's commission by the admiralty to honour the memory of his father. Tjerk junior would indeed become a naval captain. Hiddes de Vries was succeeded as Lieutenant-Admiral of Frisia on 16 March 1667 by Baron Hans Willem van Aylva.

Tjerk in the 18th and 19th century gained in fame as a Frisian folk hero. In 1932, a Dutch writer wrote a book about him: Tierck Hiddes, de Friesche zeeheld.
 

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1761 - Lord Anson in HMY Royal Charlotte yacht hoisted the Union flag
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1778 - HMS Cerberus (1758 – 28 guns), HMS Juno (1757 - 32), HMS Kingfisher (1770 - 14) and HMS Lark (1762 - 32) abandoned and burnt at Rhode Island to avoid capture. HMS Orpheus (1773 - 32) followed one week later and was also burnt to avoid capture.
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HMS Cerberus 1758

1788 – Launch of French ship Commerce de Marseille (1788)
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1798 - HMS Indefatigable (1784 - 64) Cptn. Sir Edward Pellew, captured Vaillante
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Some Events on this day .....

1745 - John Byng promoted to Rear-Admiral of the Blue - The start of his ending career
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1796 - HMS Mermaid (1784 – 32 gun Active class Frigate) engaged Vengeance and batteries.
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Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of the 'Mermaid' (1784), a 32-gun frigate, built in 'bread and butter' fashion, planked and finished in the Georgian style.

1806 - Launch of French 110 gun ship Commerce de Paris
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The Commerce de Paris under construction in Toulon in 1806

1914 - The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17), also known as the Endurance Expedition started from Plymouth
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Endurance under full sail by Frank Hurley, paget plate, 1914–1915

1940 - Launch of japanese battleship Yamato
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Royal Charlotte looks exactly like Royal Caroline (in my eyes)! Is this is the same ship?
Excerpt from my Topic:

HMY Royal Caroline was a ship-rigged royal yacht. She was ordered in 1749 as a purpose built to replace HMY Carolina as Britain's principal royal yacht.
She was designed by Surveyor Joseph Allin and built at Deptford Dockyard under the supervision of Master Shipwright John Holland.
She was launched on 29 January 1750, renamed in 1761 to HMY Royal Charlotte and was broken up 70 years later, in 1820.


I made once already a longer topic about this vessel, where you can find more details and drawings:

 

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1778 - First Engagement between British squadron under Lord Howe and French squadron under Comte d'Estaing off Rhode Island
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Lord Howe and the Comte d'Estaing off Rhode Island, 9th August 1778

1781 - HMS Iris, ex USS Hancock (1777 – 28 guns) took USS Trumbull (1776 – 30 guns)
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"USS TRUMBULL Captured by HMS IRIS and HMS GENERAL MONK"

1835 - Launch of Russian ship of the line Lefort 84 guns
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The wreck of Lefort was found between the islands of Gogland and Bolshoy Tyuters on 4 May 2013.


1910 - With sailing of the polarship Fram leaving the norwegian Kristiania, Roald Amundsen is starting his (at this time) confidential expedition to the South-pole
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1512 - – The naval Battle of Saint-Mathieu
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The simultaneous destruction of the Cordelière and the Regent depicted by Pierre-Julien Gilbert

1628 – The Swedish warship Vasa sinks in the Stockholm harbour after only about 20 minutes of her maiden voyage
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1666 – Holmes´ Bonfire (09.08.-10.08.)
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1756 – Launch of French Glorieux, 74 guns, later HMS Glorieux or HMS Glorious
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Plate IV. A View of the Sea on the Morning after the Storm, with the distressed situation of the Centaur, Ville de Paris and the Glorieux as seen from the Lady Juliana, the Ville de Paris passing to Windward under close reef'd Topsails
 

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1695 - unsuccessfull Bombardment of Dunkirk by british
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1705 - HMS Plymouth (1653 - 60 guns) foundered

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1718 - Battle of Cape Passaro. British fleet under Sir George Byng defeated Spanish fleet under Antonio de Gaztaneta off Sicily.
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1780 - HMS Bienfaisant (1758 - 64), Cptn. John Macbride, took Count d'Artois off the Old Head of Kinsale
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1798 - HMS Hazard (1794 - 16), William Butterfield, captured french Neptune (20/10) from the Isle de France bound for Brest.
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1809 - HMS Monkey (1801 - 12), Lt. Thomas Fitzgerald, and HMS Lynx (1794 - 16), John Willoughby Marshall,captured three Danish luggers off Dais Head near Rostock
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HMS 'Lynx' and 'Monkey' capturing three Danish luggers, 12 August 1809

1809 – Launch of HMS Orpheus, Apollo class 36 gun frigate
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2000 – The Russian Navy submarine Kursk explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, killing her entire 118-man crew
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Just a note to @Uwek and all the thread contributors. This thread is one of my favorite leisure time reads. I only wish I had more time to dive deeper into some of the subject matter that interests me. Thanks to all for both the historical backgrounds, photos and references.

Really, one of the best threads here!
 

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Just a note to @Uwek and all the thread contributors. This thread is one of my favorite leisure time reads. I only wish I had more time to dive deeper into some of the subject matter that interests me. Thanks to all for both the historical backgrounds, photos and references.

Really, one of the best threads here!
Many thanks for your kind words...... highly appreciated.
 
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1704 - Battle of Malaga
An Anglo-Dutch fleet under Sir George Rooke, flying his flag in HMS Royal Katherine (84), fought an inconclusive action with a Franco-Spanish fleet under the Comte de Toulouse, in Foudrayant (104)
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1761 - The Battle of Cape Finisterre
the action of 14 August 1761 off Cape Finisterre at which HMS Bellona captured French ship Courageux.
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Scale: 1:38.4 (5/16 inch to the foot). A model of the 74-gun ship Bellona (1760),

1764 - Launch of HMS Ardent
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Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the body plan, sheer lines with quarter gallery decoration, and longitudinal half-breadth proposed (and approved) for building Ardent (1764) at Hull, and later for Raisonnable (1768), both 64-gun Third Rate, two-deckers. Signed by Thomas Slade [Surveyor of the Navy, 1755-1771], and John Clevland [Secretary to the Admiralty].

1779 - The Penobscot Expedition
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This is a depiction of naval action in the American Revolutionary War's 1779 Penobscot Expedition.
 
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