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Unidentified photos of ships of the world's navies.  Many of the photos we receive have little or no information about them and so they are placed here in the hope that some of our visitors can help to identify them.  Many photographs have already come and gone from this page having been positively identified, so many thanks if you have contributed information.  However, we receive more of these photographs all the time, so please keep checking back. Many photographs kindly submitted by Tony Davies.  Please contact us 

Unidentified RN Cruisers ]

Also see our Unidentified German Ships page here

Unknown Monitor, possibly Lord Clive or Abercrombie Class.

Click Here for original larger photograph

Unknown Submarine passing Russian cruiser Rurik.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original  photo under license from Dmitry Lemachko, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price ?25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  DLD064

Unknown Russian Destroyer.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original  photo under license from Dmitry Lemachko, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price ?25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  DLD066

Unknown Russian Destroyer.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original  photo under license from Dmitry Lemachko, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price ?25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  DLD067

Unknown Russian Destroyer.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original  photo under license from Dmitry Lemachko, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price ?25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  DLD068

HMS Kenet ?

Submarine B6 at Portsmouth.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS263

Either HMS Skate (F62 January 1917 - January 1918) or HMS Skilful (F62 after January 1918)

Thanks to Carl Proctor

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHD345

HMS Andenes K01 c. 1950 - 1956.

Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy and renamed Andenes.  This corvette served in the Escort Group B6 and took part 1942 in the convoy battles for ON-122 and SC-104.  Acanthus returned to Norway in May 1945.  The next year the Norwegian Government purchased the vessel together with, amongst others, the corvettes Buttercup and Eglantine.  These ships were employed as fishery protection ships in Northern Norway and in the Barentz Sea as well as around Iceland.  Like the other vessels in the Norwegian Navy, she had KNM (HNoMS) added to her name in October 1946.  She retained however her wartime pennant number K01.  In 1950 she was reclassified as a frigate and given pennant number F307.  Sold to Union Whaling in 1956.  Towed from Sandefjord to Glasgow in June 1956 for conversion to whaler by A & J Inglis Ltd.  Renamed Colin Frye.  Sold in 1957 to Taiyo Gyogyo KK, Tokyo.  Renamed Toshi Maru No.2.  Scrapped in Japan in 1970.

Many thanks to Graeme Smith 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX128

Possibly the Cable ship Enterprise   - Possible survey ship but if you can help us with further information on this ship e-mail us at mail@militaryart.freeserve.co.uk 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX133

Unknown (British) Submarine.  Photo taken from HMS Shropshire, 1931.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS251

Unknown Barquentine.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX483

HMS Undine.  Screw Yacht, Flagship, Sheerness

HMS Undine started life in the Royal Navy as the third HMS Wildfire (ex Hiawatha) Steam Yacht Tender.  453 tons.  162ft x 18.5ft x 18.5ft.  Built in Leith.  Re named Wildfire and commissioned by the Navy in 1888 for harbour service at Sheerness.  In 1889 she was commissioned as the Flagship to Commander-in-Chief The Nore to replace "Duncan".  Renamed Undine in January 1907.  Sold 9th July 1912.   Her commads were as follows:  

1889 - 1890.  Captain - Lieut E.J. Sanderson.

Flagship T.B. Lethbridge (April 1889)

Flagship C.T. Curme (August, 1890).

1897 - 1901 Staff Commader E.W.G. Hilliard (August 1897)

Flagship Sir W. Kennedy (Septmber 1900)

Many thanks to Robin Boulby for this information.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX136

Unknown British ship, presumably having just been launched, possibly at Gosport?

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  CH108

Unknown Submarine.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  CH109

Unknown (possibly Canadian) corvette.

Sent in by Aubrey Bell

US Cassin Class Destroyer

Thanks to Bob Harmer.

 

British Battleship (Revenge Class?) saluting at Malta.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PH391

HMS Renown

Original Photograph.  Published by Real Photographs c.1970.  Price ?10.  Click here to order.  Order Code  PH416

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A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX246

HMS Implacable of HMS Indefatigable. (Far East Colours)

Thanks to Carl Proctor for Identification.

Sent in by Tony Smith

Unknown British Aircraft Carrier.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHA063

Unidentified (K Class?) Destroyer.  Number looks like F4 or similar.

Sent in by Tony Smith

Unknown Destroyer (British?)

Sent in by Tony Smith

Unidentified (British?) Destroyer.

Sent in by Tony Smith

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A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX247

The main guns of an unidentified British battleship  - if you can help us identify her please e-mail us at mail@militaryart.freeserve.co.uk (c.1898?)

Osetr of the Russian Navy at Vladivostok.  

The Lake submersible 'Protector',  which became Osetr.  One of the first boats in commission during the war with Japan.  Built in 1902.  Displacement 174 tons.  Armament, 3 TTs.  Speed : 9 knots on surface, 6 knots submerged.  This boat was tried out in competition with six other types, and upon the reliability of her performance and her general exceptional merit orders to the extent of several million dollars were received by her builders.  Commander M F Sueter of the British Navy, a submarine expert, has said "Mr Lake has undoubtedly devised a system of even keel submergence which is preferable to the porpoise like dive of the Holland type."

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX248

Unidentified transport ship. Photo has the message "Compliments of Odis R. Raymond to O.A Kepler April 1919" Sent in by Edmond Penwell

If you can help identify this ship contact us at mail@militaryart.freeserve.c.uk quoting ref Q12.

One of the later submarines of the Royal Navy shown leaving port.  

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHS199

An Unknown Royal Navy Submarine

Image supplied by Carl Proctor

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Likely to be London Class Battleships, pictured 1907

London or King Edward VII Class Battleship. Mast and funnel arrangements are similar to those classes.

More likely to be London Class as the crow-nest on the masts in the King Edward VII Class were higher.

Thanks to Robert Pyle and Alexander Lakatos

An unknown German ship 

 A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX250

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Unidentified US Ships.  

Royal Navy battleship with one twin turret with the badge possibly order of St John, likely to be either HMS Colossus or HMS Hercules.   

Thanks to Karl Zimmerman for ruling out many other possibilities.

Quote Reference Q6.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX063

 

Battleships pass under the Forth railway bridge, taken from a Royal Navy battleship with two twin gun turrets forward, possibly an Orion, Lion, King George or Iron Duke class.   

Quote Reference Q7.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX064

    

Quote Reference Q9.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX065

Crew hoisting main armament shell.   

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX066

A view from midship guns of a World War One battleship.  

Thanks to Brandon Smith who thinks this may be a Colossus class ship.

Quote Reference Q8.

    

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX067

  

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX068

Recently we have found many of our photos placed temporarily on pages which we thought they would eventually stay on throughout the site.  However, many of these we have been unable to positively identify.  The names below many of the pictures is the only text we received with them, so if you can help us with any identification or further information on these photos, please email us : mail@militaryart.freeserve.co.uk 

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The launch of an unknown ship. Number is FY1038

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX253

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A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX254

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HMS Flying Fox, 1968

Built at Wallsend-on-Tyne by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson.  Launched in 1916.  She was sent to Bristol as Drillship for the Severn Division of the RNVR.  The officer who commanded her last sea-going mission was Admiral Scott.  She was sent to Bristol in 1923.  Moored at Hotwells until the early 1970's. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX021

Seabreeze with possibly HMS Furious in distance

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX255

Unknown Wreck

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX256

WWI Motor launches at Cologne Watersports Club, 1919.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX258

WWI motor launches at Cologne Watersports Club, 1919.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PHX259

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