|BC013L||Centenary of The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Set of 4 Signed Covers||£75.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 22/10/2001
Issue Name: Centenary of The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Set of 4 Signed Covers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Another superb cover produced for the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, home of Holland 1 (the first British submarine). Each of the covers in this set of 4 has a single stamp from the Flags and Ensigns miniature sheet along with a striking painting of HMS Thrasher by artist John Petitt. They are signed by: - Mcintosh, Mcgeoch, Raikes and Gueritz.
Displayed at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, HM Submarine Torpedo Boat No.1, more generally known as Holland 1, is the only example in the world of the first practical submarine in history. Built under licence from the Electric Boat Company of the United States at Vickers Son and Maxim in Barrow (now BAE Systems), amidst disdain by many she was unceremoniously launched in October 1901. Her pioneering crew of eight men and three white mice, operating in appalling conditions in a 60 foot long metal cigar, laid the foundation of a service today that operates the most powerful warships ever to serve under the White Ensign.
Her reluctant acceptance into the Order of Battle resonated a comment made by Earl St Vincent as far back as 1805, when as First Sea Lord he had witnesed a demonstration by Robert Fulton of his Nautilus submersible. He remarked 'Pitt is the greatest fook in Christendom to encourage a mode of warfare that those who have command of the seas do not want, but if succesful it will deprive them of it'. However, under the expert guidance of Captain Reginald Bacon, the little flotilla made its mark, and was soon to be followed by the first all British design in the A class.
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