Posted 1 year ago
This postcard has me scratching my head.
I was a bit lost, here.
Military stuff is not my 'forte'.
I have 110 cards and this one was definitely a mystery.
This is one of my postcards from the Lankester collection I'm posting here on CW. It came with a variety of others from the early twentieth century.
Australian themed cards in the main.
There are also four cards from The Great White Fleet of 1908 in the collection, but this one does not fit easily into that group, I think. Thanks to Ar8Jason aka Kevin I now know it to be the HMS Gibraltar.
"HMS Gibraltar, was an Edgar class cruiser launched in 1892 for service in the Royal Navy. She was built and engineered by Messrs Napier of Glasgow. Of 7,700 loaded displacement, she was coal-fired with four double-ended cylindrical boilers driving two shafts. She could make 20 knots (37 km/h) with forced draught and 18 knots (33 km/h) with natural draught. She was a very good sea boat and an exceptional steamer.
During her early career she served mainly on foreign stations. In March 1901 she was commissioned by Captain A. H. Limpus, with a complement of 544 officers and men, to take the place as flagship of Rear-Admiral Arthur Moore, who had been appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Cape Station.
Despite her obsolescence, she saw service in World War I, first with the 10th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol and from 1915 as a depot ship for this group, based in the Shetland Islands.
Future First Sea Lord John H. D. Cunningham served aboard her as a midshipman. Captain Ronald Arthur Hopwood, R.N. was in command 1913–1914, leaving at the start of World War I.
Gibraltar was sold in 1923."
Any thoughts are still appreciated to set me in another direction.