Large Original [albumen] Photo + 8 Smaller Photos H.m.s. Kent Hong Kong C1906 For Sale
This is an unreserved sale fora largeoriginal black & white [albumen] photograph+ eight smaller photographs of H.M.S. Kent, Hong Kong 1906.
Provenance: Captain Henry Taprell Dorling [1883-1963]HMS Kent was laid down at Portsmouth Dockyard 12 February 1900, and launched 6th March 1901, when she was christened by Lady Hotham, wife of Admiral Sir Charles Frederick Hotham, GCB, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth. She served on the China Station between [1906-13].On the outbreak of the First World War she was re-commissioned and sent to the Falkland Islands where under the command of Arthur Bedford she participated in the Battle of the Falkland Islands and sank SMS Nürnberg. During the action her flags were damaged - new ones were presented to her on 8th December 1915 by the County Society of Kent. From March 1915 she was again on the China Station. On 21 March 1915 she was present at the Battle of Mas a Tierra when SMS Dresden was scuttled at Cumberland Bay in the Juan Fernández Islands in the Pacific.She returned to the United Kingdom in May 1915, and was reassigned to the Cape of Good Hope Station in 1916. In June 1918 she was transferred to English Channel convoy escort duty. On the 4 June while she and five destroyers were escorting RMS Durham Castle and Kenilworth Castle, two Union-Castle Line steamers from South Africa, RMS Kenilworth Castle collided with the destroyer HMS Rival while trying to avoid HMS Kent which was bearing down on her.In July 1918 she returned to the China Station. She was then sent to Vladivostok in January 1919 to support American and Japanese forces in action against the Bolshevik Red Army.She was sold for scrap and broken up in June 1920.
Captain Henry Taprell Dorling [1883-1963] D.S.O. 1918, R.N. [retd.]; F.R.Hist.S.; 2nd son of late Colonel Francis Dorling, late Royal Sussex Regiment, of Farnborough, Hants; married. 1909, Evelyne, daughter of late Roderick Mac-Donald of Kew, Surrey, one son. Education: H.M.S. Britannia 1897; served H.M.S. Terrible, South Africa and China, including Relief of Pekin, 1900; European War, 1914-1918 [despatches, D.S.O.]; gold medal from Swedish Government for saving life at sea, 1917; retired, 1929; recalled to Navy, 1939; Ministry of Information and afloat in all types of warships, [1939-42]; Staff of C.-in-C. Mediterranean, Dec. [1942-45]; a Younger Brother of Trinity House ; Member of the Navy Records Society, and of the Society for Nautical Research. Officer of the Legion of Merit, U.S.A., 1944.Publications : Under pseudonym Taffrail, Pincher Martin, O.D. ; Michael Bray ; Sea Venturers of Britain ; Sea Escapes and Adventures ; Pirates, 1929 ; Men o' War, 1929; Kerrell; Endless Story; The Scarlet Stripe, 1932; Dover-Ostend, 1933; The Man from Scapa Flow, 1933; Seventy North, 1934; Second Officer; Swept Channels, 1935; Mid-Atlantic, 1936 ; Mystery at Milford Haven ; Mystery Cruise; Operation M.O.; The Shetland Plan, 1939; The Navy in Action, 1940; Chenies, 1943 ; Battle of the Atlantic, 1946; Western Mediterranean, [1942-45], 1948; Blue Star Line, 1948; Toby Shad, 1949; The Jade Lizard, 1951; The New Moon, 1952; and other books on naval and nautical subjects; late Naval Correspondent. of The Observer; did considerable broadcasting and wrote many naval feature programmes for the B.B.C. Address: 97 Rivermead Court, Hurlingham, S.W.6. T.: Renown 3996. Clubs: Army and Navy, Royal Cruising, Hurlingham; [Hon.] Royal Yacht Squadron [Cowes].
CONDITION: Commensurate with age and use.
SIZE: Photo 8.5" x 6.75" + smaller
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