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H.M.S. Resolution Mediterranean Fleet Prize Oar, 1926
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H.M.S. Resolution Mediterranean Fleet Prize Oar, 1926

Measurements: Length: 21.5cm (8.5in)

£250

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Silver. Miniature 'Fleet Regatta' presentation oar. The blade inscribed ‘Mediterranean Fleet, Subordinate Officers 1926. Maker’s mark of Meli, Malta. Hallmarked .800 fineness.

The 1926 Mediterranean Fleet Subordinate Officer’s Gig Race was contested over one mile by the acting sub-lieutenants, midshipmen, and cadets from  the battleships Resolution, Warspite and Royal Oak.. Resolution won.

The Revenge-class battleship Resolution spent the 1920s and 1930s alternating between the Mediterranean and Atlantic Fleets and. Whilst serving in the Mediterranean in the early 1920s, she went to Turkey twice in response to crises arising from the Greco-Turkish War, including the Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922. She also saw limited involvement during the Franco-British intervention in the Russian Civil War.

During the Second World War Resolution was assigned to the Channel Force before being transferred to convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. In May 1940, she participated in the Battles of Narvik until German air attacks drove her off. In June 1940, the ship was transferred to Force H to take part in the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. In the attempt attempt to neutralise the French battleship Richelieu, Resolution torpedoed a French submarine but was herself badly damaged. Following repairs at Freetown, Sierra Leone and the Philadelphia Naval Yard under Lend-Lease she was assigned to the Far East but her age kept her from action against the Japanese.
 

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