RN & France:
'A Gallant Rescue' by Ebenezer Colls, HMS Endymion rescues a French two-decker, Spanish Coast, 1803
This painting is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and comes with a brief description of the event depicted.
Towards the close of the long French war, Captain the Hon. Sir Charles Paget, while cruising in the ‘Endymion’ frigate on the coast of Spain, described a French ship of the line in imminent danger, embayed among rocks upon a lee shore, bowsprit and foremast gone, and riding by a stream cable, her only remaining one. Though it was blowing a gale, Sir Charles bore down to the assistance of his enemy, dropped his sheet anchor on the Frenchman's bow, buoyed the cable, and veered it athwart his hawse. This the disabled ship succeeded in getting in, and thus 700 lives were rescued from destruction. After performing this chivalrous action, the ‘Endymion’, being herself in great peril, hauled to the wind, let go her bower anchor, club hauled and stood off shore on the other tack
There is some controversy about whether this 'rescue' ever actually happened. No mention of it is made in Endymion's log and the painting's description dates it to the end of the war, while Paget only commanded Endymion around 1803. Laughton - one of the leading naval historians of his time - dismissed it as 'improbable' in his 1893 DNB entry for Paget.
However, Paget's grandson, Revd Edward Paget reported in his 1913 memoir of his grandfather, that the story was well known in his family and that Paget had commissioned a different picture of the event in 1807 (the later dating being an error). As to why the event was not described in the log:
Sir Charles - who had other risky manoeuvres to his name - had not reported it officially since [it was] contrary to his specific instructions to destroy enemy shipping, let alone more general regulations. Edward also recalled his father's report that Sir Charles's particular worry in not doing so was how otherwise to account to the Admiralty for Endymion's loss of the two anchors involved.
July 1976, off Marsa Matruh. Light cruiser Zhdanov arrives for the USSR Navy Day celebrations. Later she will provide support for the Echo II class nuclear cruise missile submarine K-22 after the latter collides with USS Voge (FF-1047) in the Ionian Sea.
Destroyer Ugolino Vivaldi engaging British destroyers and cruisers while shells splash around her, 15 June 1942
Ugolino Vivaldi and her sister ship Malocello were slower than the other Italian ships (28 knots) and were unable to keep up when flank speed was ordered, so they were ordered to attack the convoy while the others went for the escort. They opened fire, but were faced with enemy destroyers; Vincent O'Hara says that it's possible that, when they launched a torpedo salvo, they struck a merchantman (whose sinking has been usually attributed to air attack).
Then the Vivaldi was struck by a 4.7 inch shell from HMS Matchless, a huge fire came up and she came to a stop; as she stood motionless, with the Malocello laying a smokescreen around them and enemy destroyers coming closer, her captain signalled: "We'll fight to the last. Long live the King." However, the enemies were soon recalled, but Admiral Da Zara (the Italian commander) had detached the other destroyers at his command to go support them, thus ending up with his force split in three.
After a while, the fire was put under control, a boiler was restarted, and the damaged destroyer was able to limp towards Pantelleria, and from there to the mainland for repairs.
HMCS Margaret Brooke, second ship of the DeWolf class is delivered in a ceremony to the RCN, July 15 2021. HMCS Harry DeWolf herself can be seen moored behind her younger sister. Official commissioning is planned for October of 2022.
25 October 1944, Battle of Cape Engaño, aircraft carrier Zuikaku and battleship Ise under attack of aircrafts of U.S. Task Force 38. Photographed by an aircraft from USS Enterprise (CV-6)
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