Alan Raven hardly needs an introduction. Mr. Raven along with John Roberts were the authors of British Battleships of World War Two and British Cruisers of World War Two, the most important and thorough reference volumes on those two topics. Mr. Raven has also written numerous titles in the Ensign, Man O'War and Warship Perspective series, as well as larger volumes on the Essex Class aircraft carriers and Fletcher class destroyers.

Recently Alan Raven allowed Felix "Man About Town" Bustelo to scan photographs from his record. The most recent photographs received from Felix, in between his frequent pub crawls, are photographs of the Royal Navy Swiftsure Class light cruiser. 

The Royal Navy

 

Battleships
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Aircraft Carriers & CAM Ships

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Cruisers

C & D Classes
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During a visit to the U.S. Archives many years ago, I came across boxes of loose photos of Royal Navy ships. I was informed that these photos were duplicates that were going to be disposed of. I offered to take them rather than have them destroyed. The staff agreed. The total number was in the hundreds. I have selected some of the better and interesting ones. There will be more posted in the future.. Alan Raven

County Class
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Leander Class
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Making over 30 knots - Circa Matapan

 

Town Class
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Fiji Class
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Swiftsure Class
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Destroyers

 
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Onboard Photographs

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Convoy Escorts

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Battleship
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Destroyers

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Top Left: The photograph is of the cruiser Tourville launched in 1926. She survived World War II and scrapped in 1963. Top Center and Right: The two destroyer photos are of the Vautour, a member of the Aigle class of large destroyers. She was launched in 1932 and was scuttled in 1942. Lower Row: The Le Gladiateur, a net laying ship launched in 1933.

 

 

United States Navy
Battleships
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Aircraft Carriers

USS Boxer 1955
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USS Hornet 1965
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USS Intrepid 1972
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USS Kearsarge 1954
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USS Bennington & USS Oriskany 1954 & 1975
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USS Ticonderoga 1970
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These photographs are mostly from the 1950s with some from the 1960s and 1970s and show the islands of many members of the Essex Class.

Destroyers
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Here are four photographs of the USS Collett DD-730, a Sumner Class destroyer taken in 1944 during inclining experiments. The camouflage scheme is MS32 16D.

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