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  • Friday, 15 January 2021 - 1:45pm

    Admiral Sir David Beatty 1871-1936

    Beatty was born 150 years ago on 17 January 1871. At the age of 13 he entered the Royal Navy as a cadet.

    During his early career he served with distinction in Sudan from 1896-98 and in China during the Boxer Rising of 1900.

    He quickly rose through the ranks and succeeded in becoming the youngest officer to achieve flag rank since Nelson, 100 years earlier.

    He was appointed Rear Admiral in 1910. When Winston Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty the following year he appointed Beatty as his naval...

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  • Monday, 11 January 2021 - 11:19am

    The Winter Sale is on until 31 January 2021

    Snap up an offer in the National Museum of the Royal Navy's Winter sale, items including books, clothing and jewellery until 31 January and while stocks last.

    Take a look at the items below or visit the online shop to have a browse.

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  • Thursday, 7 January 2021 - 11:33am

    On 24 January 1965, Sir Winston Churchill died a decade after his resignation as Prime Minister. Six days later he became the first non-royal to receive a state funeral since William Gladstone in 1898.

    Churchill in Devonport, 1939. NMRN; Devonport Collection

    First Lord of the Admiralty 1911-1915

    Churchill’s role as First Lord of the Admiralty had placed him as the political head of the...

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  • Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - 3:45pm

    Bertram Ramsay joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1898 and within six years he had risen through the ranks to a Sub-Lieutenant.

    During the First World War, the newly promoted Commander Ramsay was put in charge of HMS M25, a small monitor, and for two years his ship was part of the Dover Patrol off the Belgian coast.

    On 9 May 1918, he commanded the destroyer HMS Broke (pictured below) at the Second Ostend Raid, a follow up to the Zeebrugge Raid, for which he was mentioned in despatches.

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  • Tuesday, 5 January 2021 - 1:44pm

    At the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 HMS Victory took incredible punishment from enemy fire. Her bow was smashed, her thick oak sides and masts were pummelled with heavy iron round shot from the French and Spanish cannons, and her wheel was shot away.

    Her once proud figurehead – so much the symbol of fighting ships in the Age of Sail – was damaged beyond repair. 

    Thanks to Nelson’s tactics, and the bravery and skill of the men, the battle was won.

    Victory’s wounds mirrored that of the great naval...

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  • Friday, 18 December 2020 - 3:00pm

    Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936

    Happy Birthday Rudyard Kipling!

    The famous English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist was born in India on 31 December 1865. His birth and connection to India inspired much of his well known work including the Jungle Book, Kim and plenty of short stories too.

    But, not many people know that Rudyard Kipling is connected to the Royal Navy.

    Rudyard Kipling became acquainted with Admiral SirJohn Fisher when Fisher was Commander in Chief in Portsmouth. Fisher invited Kipling to visit a submarine, though on...

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