An Edwardian Naval Miniature, 1903
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3cm (1.2in) x 4cm (1.5in)
Watercolour on paper miniature of the London class battleship H.M.S. Ocean. Framed and glazed. Frame by Deakin and Francis, silversmiths, hallmarked Birmingham 1903.
A Canopus-class battleship laid down in 1898, Ocean was commissioned in 1900 and first served in the Mediterranean and on the China Station. At the start of the First World War she was assigned to the Home Fleet on operations around Ireland and later escorted troops to India. In March 1915, was transferred to the Dardanelles attempted to retrieve H.M.S. Irresistible, which had been badly damaged by a mine in Erenkui Bay, but had to abandon her salvage efforts due to heavy Turkish gunfire. She instead evacuated the surviving crew of Irresistible but struck a mine while making for the open sea. Badly damaged, her crew and the survivors of Irresistible were taken off by destroyers leaving Ocean to sink in Morto Bay.