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Welcome to the naval art home page on our site.  Here you will find access to all of our naval art whether you are searching for a particular ship, artist or crew signature.  With many thousands of items, it would be difficult to browse all our naval items at once, so use the search boxes and links below to view our naval art prints and paintings.

 

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 Few ships have been immortalised in art more than HMS Temeraire, a 98-gun veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar and iconic subject of JMW Turner's memorable painting. Although one of the finest paintings ever produced, it is known that Turner's version of this magnificent old ship's voyage to the breaker's yard is pure whimsy, composed to inspire pride and sentiment in equal parts. This painting is, perhaps, a more truthful rendering of the same scene. Here, the mighty Temeraire is reduced to a floating hulk, stripped of her masts, bowsprit and rigging, her bitumen-coated hull gutted of anything useful.  It is 7.30am on 5th September 1838. As the tide is judged to be just right, the steam tugs Sampson and Newcastle, piloted by William Scott and a crew of 25, take up the strain of the Temeraire's 2,121 tons to begin the slow journey from Sheerness to Rotherhithe, where she will be slowly taken to pieces at the yard of John Beatson. Whilst HMS Victory stands today in all her magnificence at Portsmouth, barely a trace of the ship that came to her rescue at Trafalgar exists.

The Temeraire's Last Journey by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Skirmishes between frigates were a common occurrence, such as here when the 32-gun HMS Amphion encountered a French opponent off Cadiz in 1806 the latter, to her great cost, straying among the British inshore squadron in the darkness of a moonless night. It is understood that the French vessel managed to escape being taken as a prize, although with much damage to her whales and rigging.

A Night Action off Cadiz by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 The hero of Trafalgar, HMS Temeraire, is depicted here at sea as she was originally constructed, with her simple scroll figurehead, and the yellow hull that was typical of the period. She has her studding sails set on the mainmast to help make all speed as she punches through the heavy swell of the English Channel. For Trafalgar, Temeraire was repainted with the 'Nelson Chequer' pattern that can be seen on HMS Victory today, this magnificent ship coming to the latter's rescue whilst fighting on with a prize lashed to each of her sides. Post Trafalgar, her crew raised enough money from their prizes to have a new figurehead carved which she carried proudly even to the scrap yard at Rotherhithe in 1838, where she was broken up.

The Good Old Temeraire by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Ships of Commodore Preble's Mediterranean Squadron are shown during the action of 3rd August 1804 when they provided support to the gunboats and mortar boats as they pounded the defensive walls and xebecs that were defending Tripoli. In the left foreground, the bomb boat Robinson rolls as she fires her mortar whilst the brig Argus takes up station behind Constitution, both of which are firing broadsides. The brig Syren is in the far distance, engaging more of the Tripolitan xebec gunboats, having cut inside of Constitution to engage the enemy more closely.

The Bombardment of Tripoli, 1804 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 

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Our massive selection of naval art includes ships from many countries and many eras.  You can see British Battleships from the early 20th century, or the Spanish Armada, or even modern aircraft carriers and submarines.  Of course we have taken time to commission artwork of the major events in naval history - Trafalgar, Jutland, D-Day, but we have always prided ourselves on commissioning artwork of lesser known ships, like WW2 Corvettes or Italian destroyers - rarely seen in any artwork.  Browse our selection of artwork by ship name using the menus opposite.

Full Ship Directory : Currently 563 Different Ships!
 

WW2 Ships Directory : Currently 189 Ships!
 

WW1 Ships Directory : Currently 98 Ships!
 

Age of Sail Ships Directory : Currently 122 Ships!
 
Featured Ships

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Naval Artist Portal

Full Naval Artist Directory : Currently 109 Different Naval Artists!
 

Featured Naval  Artists

Anthony Saunders

Randall Wilson

W L Wyllie

Stan Stokes

Our customers are often searching for work by one artist when they come to our site.  Here we have made it easy for you to find a specific naval artist - we've listed them all here for you!  Now you can find your favourite naval artist or browse through our massive collection of naval art by artist.  Maybe you'll find a new favourite.  

 

 

Naval Signatures Portal

Full Naval Signature Directory : Currently 150 Different Signatures!
 

Featured Signatures

Otto Peters (Bismarck survivor)

John Moffat - The Swordfish pilot who torpedoed the Bismarck

Ted Briggs - One of just three survivors of HMS Hood

Otto Kretschmer - Top scoring U-Boat Captain

Our signed naval prints give our customers an almost direct link to history.  Many of our naval prints are signed by the crewmen who were on the ship depicted at the time depicted.  Their signature is a valuable bonus for print collectors.  At the same time it is great for us to take our prints to these men and women to be signed - We are very grateful that they have allowed us to do so on many occasions.  In recent years we have especially concentrated on German naval signatures, an area that has now grown to a sizeable collection.  The photo above shows former Tirpitz crewman Erich Brammen signing a print depicting Tirpitz in Kiel canal.

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Everything we obtain for this site is shown on the site, we do not have any more photos, crew lists or further information on any of the ships.

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